Liberty will open the season on Sept. 19 at Western Kentucky and hopes to have a completed and updated 2020 football schedule released as soon as later this week.
“Our opener right now is September 19 at Western Kentucky,” Freeze said in an interview with the local media on Monday afternoon.
Previously, the Flames were scheduled to open the season on Sept. 5 at Virginia Tech until the ACC pushed back the start of its season. Liberty was then planning on moving the start of the season to Sept. 12, possibly facing an FCS opponent.
Other games which have not been affected by other league’s and team’s cancellations and are still tentatively scheduled for the Flames this season include the home opener being Sept. 26 against Florida International, Oct. 10 at home against Louisiana-Monroe, Oct. 17 at Syracuse, Oct. 24 home against Southern Miss, Nov. 7 at Virginia Tech, at home against Western Carolina on Nov. 14, and at NC State on Nov. 21.
“I’m sure we’re getting close to probably putting something out in his discussions with all the teams and trying to make sure the schedule doesn’t have three open dates in it,” Freeze said. “As I told our parents, we currently have a really good 10-game schedule when I look at the schedule on paper. We’re probably getting close to release something on that.”
With the games already on the schedule we know about, Liberty has 8 games scheduled, leaving room to schedule 2 additional games. Multiple sources have indicated to ASOR that the Flames are in the final stages with finalizing a deal to face a 2nd FCS team this season, to go along with the game against Western Carolina.
In an email to Flames Club members today, Associate AD/Executive Director of Development Mike Hagen said, “We hope to announce a completed schedule later this week…In addition, we hope in the next week to inform you of plans to meet local and state guidelines for capacity limitations, social distancing, and modifications to game day.”