The 2013 football schedule was officially released yesterday with 12 games and 7 home dates. A quick breakdown of the schedule:

Aldreakis Allen looks to lead LU to the playoffs in 2013

Definite Wins
9/28 vs Kentucky Wesleyan
11/16 vs Brevard
Liberty faces 2 Division 2 teams with a combined 4-18 record from 2012. The Flames are 2-0 against Kentucky Wesleyan all-time, and have never faced Brevard. Book these as 2 wins.

Should-be Wins
9/7 vs Monmouth
This will be the first meeting between the future Big South football rivals. Monmouth is coming off a 5-5 season and 4-3 mark in the NEC. The Flames should win in their home season opener.

9/14 vs Morgan State
Liberty is 2-1 all-time against Morgan State with the last meeting coming in 1996. The Bears finished 3-8 in 2012 and 2-6 in the MEAC. The Flames should improve their record to 2-1.

10/26 @ Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb will have a new coach in 2013 as Carroll McCray takes over at his Alma Mater. McCray inherits a Runnin’ Bulldog team that went just 3-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play a season ago. Liberty leads the all-time series 10-8-1 and has won 6 in a row including last season’s 42-35 come from behind victory.

11/2 vs VMI
The Keydets are coming off a 2-9 overall and 1-5 conference season in 2012 including a 33-14 loss to Liberty in the season finale. The Flames lead the overall series 9-3 including 7 consecutive wins.

11/9 vs Presby
The Blue Hose trail Liberty 6-4 in the all-time series as the Flames have won 4 in a row including a 56-7 thrashing last season.

11/23 @ Charleston Southern
The Flames have dominated the all-time series 18-2 including 7 victories in a row. Liberty was able to hold off the pesky Buccaneers 26-12 last season where CSU finished 5-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play. Charleston Southern will have a new coach in Jamey Chadwell roaming the sidelines in 2013.

9/21 @Richmond

Richmond & former Liberty head coach Danny Rocco

I’m sure both sides will have this one earmarked as the Flames head down 460 to take on in-state rival Richmond and former head coach Danny Rocco. Rocco’s Spiders were 8-3 and 6-2 in the CAA last season, but Danny still couldn’t get over the playoff hump. Surprisingly, the 2 schools have never met on the gridiron.

10/19 vs Coastal
Liberty’s 18 consecutive home conference win streak will be tested against the Chanticleers. Coastal head coach Joe Moglia’s Chants are coming off an 8-5 record last season. The Chanticleers won the 3-way tiebreaker between Stony Brook & Liberty, again, to advance to the FCS playoffs. In the playoffs, Coastal defeated Bethune-Cookman before falling to Old Dominion 63-35. The all-time series is knotted at 5 games a piece after Coastal handled Liberty 36-12 in 2012.

8/29 @ Kent State
The Golden Flashes will be the Flames season opener on a Thursday night. Kent State went 11-3 last season including a perfect 8-0 mark in the MAC. Kent State lost to Arkansas State in the Bowl. Liberty is 0-1 all-time against Kent State with the only previous meeting coming in 2004 when the Flames lost 38-10. This game will be difficult, but Liberty has proven they can compete with FBS teams.

10/5 @ Old Dominion
In the first ever meeting between the 2 schools, Liberty will take on the soon-to-be Conference USA member. ODU is coming off an 11-2 season in 2012 where they fell to Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

The Flames should finish 9-3 or 10-2 with this schedule, anything less would be a disappointment, but the most important thing is having a 5-0 mark in Big South play and the automatic bid to the playoffs.