With Liberty’s win on Saturday afternoon over New Mexico State to become bowl eligible, now we can start to really pay attention to bowl projections. Things are as clear as they have been all season, but we still need to wait and see how Championship weekend plays out next week. There are 79 bowl eligible teams to fill 78 bowl slots. Let’s hope when all the musical chairs are done moving, Liberty has a seat.
Every bowl projection found, has Liberty making a bowl game. Here are where several national pundits are projecting the Flames to play.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach projects Liberty in the Cure Bowl against Arkansas State on December 21st in Orlando, Florida. Schlabach has had this projection for six straight weeks.
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura projects Liberty into the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl against Kent State. This game is played in Tucson, Arizona on New Year’s Eve at 4:30 on CBS Sports Network.
CBS’ Jerry Palm projects Liberty into the Birmingham Bowl against Tulane on January 2nd at 3 p.m. airing on ESPN. He has predicted this matchup for the Flames for two straight weeks.
The Sporting News also has Liberty in the Birmingham Bowl facing Marshall. This is the fifth straight week this publication has projected Liberty into the Birmingham Bowl.
Banner Society has Liberty projected into the First Responder Bowl in Dallas against Western Michigan.
College Football News has Liberty playing in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl against Miami. This game is played in Nashville on December 30th at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Action Network has Liberty in the Cure Bowl.
247 Sports has the Flames in the Arizona Bowl against Georgia Southern.
This year, Liberty is in its 2nd season of a 2-year agreement with the Cure Bowl. It is a secondary bowl agreement which will give the Flames the opportunity to replace a team from the American Athletic Conference or the Sun Belt Conference should either league fail to field enough deserving teams.
Beginning with the 2020 season, Liberty has reached a bowl agreement with ESPN which could put the Flames in one of at least six bowl games – Boca Raton Bowl, Camellia Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, Myrtle Beach Bowl, or the New Mexico Bowl.