The Liberty Flames and Eastern Michigan Eagles will face off in the 2021 LendingTree Bowl, according to Brett McMurphy. The game will take place at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Kick-off is currently scheduled for 5:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 18, 2021. The game will air on ESPN and be available live on WatchESPN.
Hugh Freeze continues to show he can coach college football very well as the Flames head to a bowl game for the third straight season in his three years at Liberty. Quarterback Malik Willis continues to receive a ton of love from the NFL Draft community. The Auburn Tigers transfer entered his second season as a starter and completed 61.6% of his passes for 2,626 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Flames also played very well defensively as they placed in the top 15 for opposing yards per game heading into the Conference Championship weekend.
The Eagles are eligible for the third year in a row, not counting a six-game season in 2020. Eastern Michigan continues to be a strong MAC program under the direction of Chris Creighton, who is in his eighth season and has rebuilt successfully the team to be competitive. at the conference. Ben Bryant has completed 68.8% of his passes for 2,921 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions this season, although the defense has struggled to place outside the top 100 for opposing yards per game.