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Victory over Elon Pushes Liberty Up in Polls
FCS Coaches poll
For the second time this year, the Flames are ranked No. 14 nationally, as Liberty's convincing victory over No. 12/14 Elon on Saturday, pushed the Flames back up to the number in the Sports Network poll. The Flames also moved up in the FCS Coaches poll to No. 15 after the 26-3 win at Williams Stadium.
Following the Flames' 33-0 shutout victory over Stony Brook on Oct. 11, the Flames found themselves in the same exact positions, as Liberty stood one spot apart in the national listings.
The No. 14 national ranking is the highest Liberty has been ranked since 1990, when it cracked the Top 10 for consecutive weeks. Following a 3-0 start, Liberty was ranked No. 9, before moving up a notch to No. 8 after a 42-13 victory over Morehead State on Sept. 22.
Following a 26-14 setback to Villanova on the road, the Flames fell to No. 13 in the national listings, before dropping out of the polls after a 37-36 home loss against Delaware State the following weekend.
Liberty made an eight-spot improvement in the Sports Network poll from the previous week, after the win over the Phoenix at Williams Stadium last Saturday. The win enable Liberty to finish the regular season as the highest-ranked team eligible for postseason play, not to make the field of 16 for this year's FCS Playoffs.
The Flames claimed five spots in the FCS Coaches Poll, finishing one place below No. 14 Harvard, who also did not get an invitation to this year's NCAA FCS postseason tournament.
With the national rankings, Liberty has now been among the country's Top 25 programs for 12 straight weeks, extending a school record. The Flames will look to make it 13 poll releases in a row later on this year, when the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls release their final national rankings after the FCS Championship game on Dec. 19.