1. The Monarchs and the Flames now make up 2 of the 4 FBS teams in the Commonwealth of Virginia

The other 2 are Virginia and Virginia Tech, obviously. ODU made the move up in 2014 after restarting their football program in 2009. Under Bobby Wilder, the program’s only head coach since the program was rejuvenated, the Monarchs went to their first bowl game in 2016 after a 9-3 record.

2. This will be the 2nd ever meeting between the programs.

During their first year of the 2 year transition, Old Dominion defeated the Flames, 21-17, in Norfolk on October 5th, 2013. Liberty led 17-7 with just 5 minutes to play before ODU reeled off 14 points in the final 4:22.

3. The Monarchs have one of the best D-Line’s the Flames will face this season.

Auburn withstanding, Old Dominion may have the best defensive line Liberty will face in 2018. The Monarchs ranked among the FBS leaders in tackles for loss (#43) and sacks (#27) in 2017. They are led by Oshane Ximines who was 20th in the FBS in 2017 with 8.5 sacks.

4. Quarterback Steven Williams enters his 2nd season as starter.

He was the youngest player to play FBS football last season and the 2nd youngest player to ever start an FBS game at quarterback at just 17 years old. Williams finished the season being named to the CUSA All-Freshman team after throwing for 1,528 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He also rushed 92 times for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns.

5. Name to watch: Isaiah Harper

Harper led the Monarchs in all-purpose yards a season ago, averaging over 100 yards per game. He was the team’s leading receiver while also carrying the ball 14 times, but he made his mark as a kick returner. He had 698 return yard, 3 of which he took to the house. With Probert possibly dealing with an injury, this should give Liberty fans cause to worry.