CUSA opponents meet when the Liberty Flames (6-0) and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-5) play on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at Williams Stadium (VA).
Want to watch this matchup? You can find it on CBS Sports.
When is Liberty vs. Middle Tennessee and when does it start?
This matchup between the Flames and Blue Raiders will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. You should expect the kickoff at 7:00 PM ET.
Where to watch Liberty vs. Middle Tennessee
The Flames and Blue Raiders will hit the field at Williams Stadium (VA) for this matchup on October 17, and if you want to see the game live, get your tickets now from Vivid Seats!
What channel is the game on?
You can catch this game live on CBS Sports.
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Liberty vs. Middle Tennessee Game Preview
Liberty Stats & Insights
The Flames took on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in their last outing, winning 31-13.
Liberty has been a handful for opposing teams, ranking top-25 in both total offense (14th-best with 479.7 yards per game) and total defense (20th-best with 315.3 yards allowed per game) this year.
The Flames are averaging 225.5 passing yards per game on offense, which ranks them 78th in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, they rank 29th, allowing 194.7 passing yards per game.
Liberty has the 36th-ranked defense this season in terms of rushing yards (120.7 rushing yards allowed per game), and has been more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking second-best with 254.2 rushing yards per game.
The Flames have been thriving on both offense and defense, ranking 25th-best in scoring offense (35.3 points per game) and 19th-best in scoring defense (17.2 points allowed per game).
Middle Tennessee Stats & Insights
In their last outing, the Flames won 31-13 over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.
Middle Tennessee is putting up 390.1 total yards per game on offense this season (72nd-ranked). Meanwhile, it is surrendering 398.6 total yards per game (101st-ranked).
The Blue Raiders’ defense has been bottom-25 in pass defense this season, ceding 263.0 passing yards per game, which ranks 23rd-worst in the FBS. Offensively, they rank 40th with 267.3 passing yards per contest.
With 122.9 rushing yards per game on offense, Middle Tennessee ranks 106th in the FBS. On defense it ranks 63rd, giving up 135.6 rushing yards per game.
The Blue Raiders’ defense has been bottom-25 in scoring defense this season, surrendering 31.9 points per game, which ranks 20th-worst in the FBS. On offense, they rank 108th with 22.1 points per contest.
Liberty Key Players to Watch
Kaidon Salter has been a dual threat to lead Liberty in both passing and rushing. He has 1,353 passing yards (225.5 ypg), completing 57.6% of his passes and throwing 14 touchdown passes and two interceptions this season. He’s rushed for 337 yards (56.2 ypg) on 69 carries with six rushing touchdowns.
The team’s top rusher, Quinton Cooley, has carried the ball 98 times for 592 yards (98.7 per game), with three touchdowns this year.
C.J. Daniels’ 438 receiving yards (73.0 yards per game) lead the team. He has 18 receptions with three touchdowns.
Treon Sibley has put up a 385-yard season so far (64.2 receiving yards per game) with three touchdowns, hauling in 16 passes.
EJ Smoot’s seven receptions are good enough for 145 yards (36.3 ypg) and two touchdowns.
Middle Tennessee Key Players to Watch
Nick Vattiato leads Middle Tennessee with 1,819 passing yards (259.9 ypg) on 177-of-258 passing with 11 touchdowns compared to six interceptions this season. He also adds 156 rushing yards (22.3 ypg) on 82 carries while scoring two touchdowns on the ground.
The team’s top rusher, Jaiden Credle, has carried the ball 58 times for 316 yards (45.1 per game), with two touchdowns this year.
This season Frank Peasant has collected 171 yards (34.2 per game) on 49 carries with two touchdowns.
Holden Willis’ 412 receiving yards (68.7 yards per game) lead the team. He has 27 receptions with two touchdowns.
Elijah Metcalf has put up a 409-yard season so far (58.4 receiving yards per game) with four touchdowns, reeling in 35 passes.
Justin Olson’s 29 grabs have netted him 333 yards (47.6 ypg) and one touchdown.