The Kansas State Wildcats (8-4, 5-4 Big 12) face the 23nd-ranked Navy Midshipmen (10-2, 7-1 American) in the 61st Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl. It’s the first bowl game for new head coach Chris Klieman, and K-State’s return to the postseason after missing out for the first time in nearly a decade last year. K-State is playing in its 22nd bowl game, while for Navy it’s number 24; it’s the second appearance in the Liberty Bowl for both schools.
K-State is after their second-straight win over a ranked opponent, having ended the regular season with a 27-17 win over then-#22 Iowa State.
Navy’s last game, of course, was against Army; the Midshipmen dispatched their archrivals 31-7.
This is the first meeting between the two schools. K-State has previously played Army and Air Force, so the Wildcats will finally complete the set this afternoon.
The betting opened with K-State as a 2.5 point favorite, but the line has swung all the way in the other direction, rising as high as Navy -3 early this morning before settling back down to Navy -2.5. The over is sitting at 53, which looks like a 28-25 Navy win in the eyes of Vegas.
Kickoff will be at 2:45 p.m. CST Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium (58,325) in Memphis, Tennessee. It should be sunny and about 48 degrees at kickoff, and it isn’t expected to change much throughout the contest.
The game will air on ESPN, with Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, and Lauren Sisler on the call. Streaming will be via WatchESPN, but only if you have the requisite cable or satellite subscription.
Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play), Stan Weber (analyst), and Matt Walters (sidelines) will call the game for the K-State Sports Network on the radio, while nationally the game will air on ESPN Radio affiliates with Bill Roth, Dustin Fox, and Taylor Davis. In addition to terrestrial radio, the game will be carried on Sirius/XM channel 375. The Navy broadcast (Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller, and Keith Mills) will be on Sirius 84/XM 84, and the national feed (presumably the ESPN Radio call, but maybe not) will air on Sirius 80/XM 80, XM Channel 200, and the TuneIn app.
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