Here are the 2 most likely scenarios for the Flames to get into the playoffs in 2016:
1. Win the Big South auto-bid.
It’s pretty simple, but has been difficult for Liberty to accomplish. Take care of business in the Big South and the Flames will be dancing. This certainly means beating Charleston Southern in November as it’s nearly impossible to envision CSU losing 2 games in the Big South if they don’t fall to LU. Liberty could lose at Kennesaw State, for example, and still win the auto-bid provided they defeat the Bucs.
2. Go 3-3 in non-conference & lose to CSU.
The Flames could secure a playoff bid prior to conference play starting by winning at least 3 non-conference games. With 6 challenging non-conference games including Virginia Tech, SMU, Jacksonville State, and Coastal Carolina, a 3-3 mark with 1 Big South loss to Charleston Southern would put Liberty at 7-4 on the year. That 7-4 mark would feature no bad losses and at least 1 good win. In the 24-team playoff format, that would be close to a lock to get in the dance.
Forget the scenarios…FLAMES WIN IT ALL