The Liberty Flames scored touchdowns on each of their first two offensive plays as the team coasted to a 62-17 win over UMass on Saturday at Williams Stadium. With the win, the Flames secured its 7th win of the season to improve to 7-2 on the year. Here’s a look at what bowls Liberty is currently being projected into.
- ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl vs Virginia Tech (4-4)
- ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: Cure Bowl vs Kent State (4-4)
- CBS’ Jerry Palm: Cure Bowl vs Appalachian State (6-2)
- The Athletic: Cure Bowl vs Toledo (4-4)
- 247Sports: Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl vs Miami (FL) (4-4)
- Sporting News: Boca Raton Bowl vs Nevada (6-2)
- On3Sports: Cure Bowl vs Appalachian State (6-2)
- Action Network: Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl vs Miami (FL) (4-4)
- Athlon Sports: Cure Bowl vs Appalachian State (6-2)
- College Football News: Quick Lane Bowl vs Central Michigan (4-4)
- USA Today: Frisco Bowl vs Air Force (6-2)
- College Sports Madness: Frisco Bowl vs Charlotte (4-4)
- Yahoo Sports: Birmingham Bowl vs East Carolina (4-4)
The Flames are looking to return to a bowl game for the third straight season after Hugh Freeze led the program to bowl appearances in its first two seasons as a full FBS member. Liberty has only made an appearance in the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, winning that game against a Sun Belt opponent in each of the past two seasons. In 2019, the Flames knocked off Georgia Southern, and in 2020 Liberty defeated former Big South rival Coastal Carolina in overtime.
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.).
Liberty is back in action this week taking on No. 15 Ole Miss from Vaught Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Kickoff is scheduled for noon on the SEC Network. The Rebels are 6-2 on the season and are coming off a 31-20 loss at Auburn on Saturday night.