Liberty Bowl Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks

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The Liberty Bowl is an end of year college football bowl game usually featuring teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Big12 Conference. We take a look at the Liberty Bowl history and stats.

Liberty Bowl Betting Guide: Preview, Statistics & Picks
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Liberty Bowl Game History

What is the Liberty Bowl Game ?

The Liberty Bowl is a college football bowl game played annually usually around the end of December or beginning of January featuring teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big 12 Conference. The first Liberty Bowl game took place in 1959 with Penn State defeating Alabama 7-0. Although not part of the 'New Year's Six' (NY6) bowl games forming the College Football Playoffs (CFP), the Liberty Bowl is one of the oldest college football bowl games. For sponsorship reasons the game is also known as the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Where is the Liberty Bowl Game played ?

The present venue for the Liberty Bowl game and since 1965 is the Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. Liberty Bowl attendances often surpass 50,000 fans, in 2007 over 63,000 saw Mississippi State defeat Central Florida 10-3. The original venue for the Liberty Bowl between 1959 and 1963 was the Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia. The game moved to the Atlantic City Convention Hall in New Jersey for 1964 before residing at the current venue to date.

Which teams usually play in the Liberty Bowl Game ?

Since 2014 the Liberty Bowl is primarily contested by teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Big 12 Conference. The Liberty Bowl is one of six end of season Southeastern Conference bowl games with a different SEC team picked for each bowl game. Depending on other factors (CFP bowl games and team availability for example) the Liberty Bowl features an SEC team (or from another Conference including Independents) paired up against the fourth pick from the Big 12 Conference.

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2023 Liberty Bowl Game

When is the 2024 Liberty Bowl game ?

The 2024 Liberty Bowl game date is to be confirmed in due course.

Who is playing in the 2024 Liberty Bowl game ?

The 2024 Liberty Bowl game teams will be confirmed later in the year.

What time is the 2024 Liberty Bowl game ?

The 2024 Liberty Bowl game kick off is to be confirmed.

What TV station is the Liberty Bowl game on ?

The Liberty Bowl game is on ESPN.

Who will win the Liberty Bowl ?

OLBG's best football handicappers share their thoughts and predictions nearer game time so if you like a wager on the Liberty Bowl and college football in general then take a look at the Liberty Bowl picks to see who they fancy and their reasons why. The football handicappers have the best profit stats for football picks on OLBG in the last 12 months.

How can I place a wager on the Liberty Bowl game ?

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Last 10 Liberty Bowl Game Winners

Who won the 2023 Liberty Bowl game ?

The Memphis Tigers won the 2023 Liberty Bowl game defeating Iowa State Cyclones 36-26.

Here's a table showing the last 10 Liberty Bowl game winners, runners up and final score.

YearWinnerScoreRunner Up
2014Texas A&M (SEC)45 - 37West Virginia (Big 12)
2016Arkansas (SEC)45 - 23Kansas State (Big 12)
2016Georgia (SEC)31 - 23TCU (Big 12)
2017Iowa State (Big 12)21 - 20Memphis (AAC)
2018Oklahoma State (Big 12)38 - 33Missouri (SEC)
2019Navy (AAC)20 - 17Kansas State (Big 12)
2020West Virginia (Big 12)24 - 21Army (Ind)
2021Texas Tech (Big 12)34 - 7Mississippi State (SEC)
2022Arkansas Razorbacks (SEC)55 - 53Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)
2023Memphis Tigers (AAC)36 - 26Iowa State Cyclones (Big 12)

Liberty Bowl Game Records

Who has the most Liberty Bowl game wins ?

The Ole Miss Rebels college football team from the University of Mississippi hold the record with 4 Liberty Bowl game wins from 4 appearances. Ole Miss last won the Liberty Bowl in 1992, they play in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). 

Which Conference has the most Liberty Bowl wins ?

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) hold the record with 21 Liberty Bowl game wins. Independents have won 11 Liberty Bowl's.

ConferenceWinsPlayed
Southeastern2132
Independents1122
C-USA917
Big 12411
Big Ten48
Others1639

Who has the most Liberty Bowl appearances ?

The Arkansas Razorbacks from the Southeastern Conference hold the record with 6 Liberty Bowl appearances, Arkansas have won three from the six played.

Most points scored in a Liberty Bowl Game

  • 108 - Arkansas 55 - 53 Kansas (2022)

Most points scored by a team in a Liberty Bowl Game

  • 55 by Arkansas vs. Kansas (2022)

Biggest winning margin in a Rose Bowl Game

  • 37 - Mississippi State 44 - 7 Rice (2013)

Liberty Bowl MVP's

One Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is given per Liberty Bowl game, some college bowl games have two MVP awards with an offensive and defensive MVP.

Numerous Liberty Bowl MVP's have gone on to carve a career in the NFL, the most notable MVP's in recent years being:

  • Allen Lazard (2017) Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers
  • Dak Prescott (2013) Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
  • Latavius Murray (2010) Running Back, Denver Broncos.

Here's a table showing the last 10 Liberty Bowl MVP's:

YearMVPPositionTeam
2014Kyle AllenQBTexas A&M
2016Alex CollinsRBArkansas
2016Trenton ThompsonDTGeorgia
2017Allen LazardWRIowa State
2018Taylor CorneliusQBOklahoma State
2019Malcom PerryQBNavy
2020T J SimmonsWRWest Virginia
2021Donovan SmithQBTexas Tech
2022K J JeffersonQBArkansas
2023Seth HeniganQBMemphis Tigers
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We are fortunate to have NFL expertise on either side of the Atlantic, where Luke Bradshaw-Lee is a keen UK-based NFL fan attending London games and burning the midnight oil to catch all the weekend action, Whilst in the US, Michael Calabrese [@EastBreese] is an Action Network correspondent and College sports podcaster with the deepest football knowledge we have ever come across. They combine to create the best football content on OLBG US

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Luke Bradshaw Lee

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🏈 Luke is a more than keen follower of the NFL taking in as many games as he can over the weekend and always trying to attend the London NFL games each year. American football remains his main personal betting focus and he creates and contributes to our NFL Articles

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