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Flames Set For Big South Battle Against Rival Coastal Carolina
Following the team's final full practice this week, head football coach Turner Gill met with the media on Thursday to discuss his team's preparation for the Coastal Carolina game.
Coastal Carolina will be the fourth nationally ranked opponent Liberty has faced during the 2014 season. The list includes one FBS ranked team (North Carolina) and three FCS ranked opponents (Bryant, Richmond and Coastal Carolina).
This weekend's football matchup pits the Flames against the No. 1 team in the country for the first time in program history, as Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 1 in the latest FCS Coaches poll (No. 2 in the Sports Network media poll).
The highest ranked team Liberty has previously faced in program history was No. 2 Western Illinois on Oct. 22, 1988 (lost to the Fighting Leathernecks, 36-35). The highest ranked team Liberty has defeated in program history was No. 6 Stony Brook, 28-14, during Gill's first season at Liberty on Nov. 10, 2012.
Coastal Carolina leads the series between the two programs, 6-5, including back-to-back wins. Liberty is 1-4 in games played at Brooks Stadium, with the Flames' lone victory coming in 2008 (Liberty won, 43-38, on Oct. 4, 2008).
The Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) will provide radio coverage for the game, while ESPN3 will broadcast through its various television streaming outlets. For more information about where to watch and/or listen to the game, check out the Game Day Central page for this Saturday's road contest.