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Game Day Central: Baylor

August 30, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Baylor

Game Day Central Links:
Live Audio (LFSN Radio)
Live Stats (BaylorBears.com)
Liberty Game Notes
Baylor Game Notes
McLane Stadium Information
Baylor Game Day Information
Flames Ticket Office
Weather – Waco, Texas

Official Kickoff:
7:05 p.m. (EST)

TV Coverage:
FS2
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Eric Collins
Analysts: AJ Hawks and Danny Kanell
Sideline Reporter: None

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List
• Pregame: 5:30 p.m. (EST)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York
Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano
Sidelines: Kevin Keys
Pregame: Alan York, Matt Camire and Kevin Keys

Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty will kick off its first season of transition to FBS status with its first-ever game against Baylor, the lone FBS opponent on the Flames' 2017 schedule.
2. The Flames have numerous ties to Baylor, including Director of Athletics Ian McCaw, who served in the same capacity at Baylor from 2003-16. Additionally, Flames Assistant Coach Josh Bookbinder is a 2009 Baylor graduate and the grandson of legendary Baylor coach Grant Teaff.
3. Liberty will be in search of its first season-opening win on the road since a 17-7 victory at Edinboro in the 1988 lid-lifter. The Flames have dropped 12 consecutive season openers played away from Lynchburg.
4. The Flames are seeking their first triumph over a Big 12 opponent and their fifth all-time victory against an FBS foe.
5. Eight Liberty players will return to their home state on Saturday, headlined by Preseason All-Big South offensive lineman Dontae Duff (Mesquite) and senior team captain Solomon McGinty (Navasota).
6. Liberty is kicking off its season at an FBS opponent for the fifth time in Turner Gill's six seasons as head coach. However, the Flames will open each of the next two years with FBS home games, including Old Dominion in 2018 and Syracuse in 2019.

A Liberty Win Would ...
• Mark the Flames' first-ever victory over a Big 12 opponent.
• Give Liberty its fifth all-time triumph over an FBS opponent and its third in the last four seasons.
• Boost the Flames' all-time record in season openers to 21-24.
• Be the first time the Flames have won a season opener away from Lynchburg since 1988, which was Liberty's first year as an NCAA 1-AA program. That year, the Flames started the season with a 17-7 triumph at Edinboro. Since then, Liberty has lost 12 consecutive season openers played on the road.
• Improve the Flames' all-time record against Texas-based opponents to 3-1, including 2-1 in the Lone Star State.
• Give Liberty its first win west of the Mississippi since a 27-19 victory at Missouri State on Oct. 15, 1994.