It is hard to believe that we are just 10 short weeks away from the start of Liberty’s 2016 football season. Because of this, we thought it would be fitting to countdown the best teams and most important games that Liberty will see during the season.
#11 on our list is Robert Morris.
The Flames will face Robert Morris on October 1st, 2016 at 7:00pm.
Robert Morris, an FCS program, is apart of the the Northeast Conference. The Northeast Conference is home to the Bryant Bulldogs, a team Liberty fans may be more familiar with. The Colonials had a less than average 2015 season, finishing with a 4-7 record. The last time Liberty saw Robert Morris was in 2010, which is the only winning season they have had since 2006. They made a brief appearance in the FCS playoffs that season only to meet North Dakota State and be sent home. Apart from 2010, the Colonials have struggled to find success on the field in recent years.
There are a few reasons the Colonials have landed at the bottom of our rankings for the season. First off, their offensive production. Last season, Robert Morris averaged just 14 points per game and between three QB’s, put up 1276 total passing yards and 5 touchdowns. 742 of those yards went to one guy: WR Kyle Buss. This is no surprise as their starting QB was a freshman. If you are interested in a bright spot among this team, look to their run game, considering most of their offense came from it. On the defensive side of the ball, they gave up an average of almost 150 rushing yards a game. Should Liberty utilize the option like I hope they do this season, they could run their way to victory. Robert Morris does have a good secondary though, which kept opposing offenses under 200 yards passing per game last season.
In considering all this, Liberty’s matchup against Robert Morris just doesn’t carry the same excitement other games on the schedule possess.
Some other things to keep in mind:
This is a home game for the Flames. Liberty tends to play well against teams at home. If it were away, Robert Morris might be a spot or two higher. But if the pattern continues, games like this tend to result in a blowout. The Colonials were 1-4 on the road last year.
This game comes after what is arguably the most difficult stretch of the schedule for the Flames. In going up against Virginia Tech, SMU, and Jacksonville State, there is no telling what state the team will be in.
Players to watch:
WR Kyle Buss-For a redshirt freshman, Buss had an impressive 2015 season. He led the team in receiving with 742 yards.
The Flames kickoff at Lane Stadium in 64 days!
Robert Morris Game