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Flames Ready for Second Round Matchup with Wildcats
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 Villanova game.
Villanova will be the sixth nationally ranked opponent Liberty has faced during the 2014 season. The list includes one FBS ranked team (North Carolina) and five FCS ranked opponents (Bryant, Richmond, Coastal Carolina, James Madison and Villanova).
Liberty is 3-1 against ranked FCS opponents this year and has never defeated four ranked FCS teams in the same season in program history. Liberty has won four of its last five games against top 25 ranked FCS opponents and is 5-7 all-time in three seasons under Gill against ranked FCS foes.
Villanova enters the game with a 10-2 record and finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) with a 7-1 record. The Wildcats are making their 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs and fifth since 2008. Villanova's most notable postseason run was in 2009 when they captured the NCAA FCS National Championship.
The Wildcats have suffered two losses in 2014, both by one point. The first came during their opening weekend of play, when Villanova lost a 27-26 double overtime game at the Carrier Dome to FBS opponent Syracuse.
Villanova's second setback of the season was a 10-9 loss to CAA rival Richmond on Nov. 1. Both teams managed to score twice during the game (one field goal and one touchdown); however, Villanova missed its extra point attempt midway through the third quarter to allow the Spiders to claim the win.
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.