Don’t forget to check out our previous rankings if you haven’t already!

Ranking The Teams: #11 Robert Morris

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...

Ranking The Teams: #10 Jacksonville

If you haven't already, be sure to check out previous teams we have ranked for the upcoming season! Continuing right along in our ‘Ranking The Teams’ series, #10 on our list is Jacksonville. Not to be confused with FCS powerhouse Jacksonville State, the Jacksonville...

Ranking The Teams: #9 Presbyterian

Don't forget to check out our previous rankings if you haven't already! The next team on our countdown is one that has seen little success against the Flames in recent years. It is a game Liberty is accustomed to seeing on their schedule, but one that brings little...

Ranking The Teams: #8 Monmouth

The next team on our countdown is: #8 Monmouth University While most of Monmouth athletics are apart of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Monmouth football is an associate member of the Big South Conference. They are entering into the 3rd year of a 4-year...

Ranking The Teams: #7 Kennesaw State & #6 Gardner-Webb

For you math majors out there, I am sure you’ve added it up by now. We’ve only got 5 weeks left until the start of the 2016 football season, but we still have seven teams to look at in our 'Ranking The Teams' series. Because of this, we will tackle both #7 and #6 in...

Ranking The Teams: #5 SMU

So far we have looked at 6 teams the Flames will face off against in the 2016 season. Each team has been ranked by considering their strengths, weaknesses, and the hype that surrounds the game. Just a quick recap of the teams we’ve seen so far: #11-Robert Morris...

Ranking The Teams: #4 Coastal Carolina

With each passing day, we inch closer to the moment the football world has anxiously been waiting for all summer. Massive mobs flooding into stadiums. Bright lights illuminating the night sky. Loud chants calling for the arrival of a beloved team. And then finally,...

Ranking The Teams: #3 Jacksonville State

We have looked at eight teams Liberty football will face in the 2016 season, leaving us with three more to round out the 11-game skid. The top three teams look to be the biggest games of the year for the Flames and could serve as defining moments for the program...

Ranking the Teams: #2 Charleston Southern

Finally. It's game week. Patiently, football fans have been counting down the days until kickoff and Liberty will see the gridiron this Saturday. Over the past month, we have taken a look at each team the Flames will face during the 2016 season. Each ranking is based...

Ranking The Teams: #1 Virginia Tech

Two months and 10 teams later, we have reached the top match-up we are looking forward to in the 2016 season. Numerous players have been evaluated, strengths and weaknesses have been dissected, and the overall hype of the games have been considered. It is clear...

The next team on our countdown is one that has seen little success against the Flames in recent years. It is a game Liberty is accustomed to seeing on their schedule, but one that brings little excitement or flare.

Presbyterian College comes in at #9.

Presbyterian, an FCS program, is apart of the Big South Conference. They are located in Clinton, South Carolina.

While they would not be considered rivals, Liberty and Presbyterian have seen much out of each other. Liberty is 9-1 against Presbyterian since 2007. Their only win against the Flames in that span came in 2008. The Blue Hose finished the 2015 season with an overall record of 2-9 and picked up just one win in the Big South Conference against newbie Kennesaw State. Presbyterian struggled offensively, averaging 12 points a game. They relied heavily on the run game as their passing attack generated little for the team, averaging 82 yards a game and providing just 3 total touchdowns on the season. Of the 3 QBs that saw the field for the Blue Hose, Ben Cheek is the only one returning. Cheek started 5 games, but saw the field in 3 others where he threw for a total of 277 yards on the season. 31 of those passing yards came against the Flames where he threw a total of 18 times, completing just 3 of those passes. As previously mentioned, Presbyterian’s offensive strength came from their running game. Their top RB Darrell Bridges returns, who had a great sophomore season, running for over 1100 yards. Expect this to be where the majority of their offense comes from again this season.

Presbyterian’s strongest position group in the coming season would have to be their defensive line. Obinna Ntiasagwe, Kamren Mack, Curtis Bey, Khari Rosier each return making up a veteran defensive front.

This game does carry a greater level of importance considering it is a conference game. Liberty’s priority is to win the conference and get the automatic bid for the FCS playoffs. But Presbyterian has struggled to hold their own in the Big South which is why this game comes in at #9 on the countdown.

Some other things to keep in mind:

Presbyterian played great football against the top three teams in the Big South last year. Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, and Liberty all got a scare from the Blue Hose, but managed to win by a touchdown or less. It is very possible the Flames travel to Clinton and get another scare.

It was difficult for the Flames to run the ball against Presbyterian last season. With the mix of a dysfunctional run game and a stout defensive line, Liberty put together 73 rushing yards. It should be mentioned that all 3 of the Flame’s touchdowns came on the ground that game though.

Players to watch:

RB Zola Davis-Davis is listed as a TE/WR on the team’s roster, but it seems he has been getting a lot of action at tailback. It looks as though he will be a ‘jack of all trades’ man for the Blue Hose. It is very possible the Flames hear his name called a lot.

DE Obinna Ntiasagwe-Ntiasagwe had 7 sacks last season, which was second on the team. He will cause chaos for opposing offenses this coming season.

 

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