Liberty lost its first game of the 2022 football season on Saturday, falling to No. 18 Wake Forest, 37-36. The Flames now begin to turn their attention to Saturday’s game against Akron (1-2) at Williams Stadium at 6 p.m. where Liberty opened as a 22 point favorite before the line quickly jumped to 26.5 and has risen to as high as 28.
Here’s an updated look at where the Flames are being projected in early season bowl projections as head coach Hugh Freeze and Liberty seeks to reach a 4th straight bowl game:
- Mark Schlabach (ESPN): Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl (Shreveport) vs Washington State
- Kyle Bonagura (ESPN): Lending Tree Bowl (Mobile) vs Georgia Southern
- Jerry Palm (CBS Sports): Camellia Bowl (Montgomery) vs Georgia Southern
- Brad Crawford (247Sports): Camellia Bowl (Montgomery) vs Houston
- Brett McMurphy (Action Network): Lending Tree Bowl (Mobile) vs Georgia Southern
- Erick Smith (USA Today): Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton) vs Georgia Southern
The Flames finished the 2021 campaign with an 8-5 record and won a third straight bowl game with a convincing 56-20 win over Eastern Michigan in the Lending Tree Bowl. Liberty is just one of five FBS teams in the country who have won a bowl game each of the last three seasons, joining Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
In its third year of full FBS eligibility, Liberty earned a third straight bowl victory. The Flames, who also won the Cure Bowl in 2019 and 2020, join Appalachian State as the only teams to win bowl games in each of their first three years after transitioning to FBS from FCS. Liberty has now won eight or more games for the 13th season in program history, including all three years under head coach Hugh Freeze.
Liberty is currently in the midst of a multi-year agreement with ESPN Events which could place the Flames in one of at least six bowl games: Boca Raton Bowl (FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.), Camellia Bowl (Cramton Bowl; Montgomery, Ala.), , Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Albertsons Stadium; Boise, Idaho), Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas), Myrtle Beach Bowl (Brooks Stadium; Conway, S.C.) and New Mexico Bowl (Dreamstyle Stadium; Albuquerque, N.M.).