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Football Opponent Preview: Buffalo

September 12, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Buffalo 

Saturday's game against Buffalo will kick off a three-game homestand for the Flames. Liberty is 5-2 at Williams Stadium since joining the FBS in 2018.

"4 Downs" with the Bulls

1. Saturday's game will mark the first time Liberty has ever hosted a MAC opponent at Williams Stadium, as Buffalo had not yet joined the conference when the teams first matched up in 1998. Both Liberty and Buffalo are seeking their first FBS victory of the 2019 season. The Bulls' lone triumph thus far was a 38-10 home win over FCS member Robert Morris on Aug. 29.

2. Buffalo's starting QB, redshirt freshman Matt Myers, has made just two career starts. Conversely, senior QB Stephen Calvert, has started 32 straight games for the Flames. Turner Gill served as head coach for both Buffalo (2006-09) and Liberty (2012-18). Saturday's game will mark the Flames' second straight home contest versus an opponent from New York. Prior to this season, an Empire State team had not visited Williams Stadium since 2012.

3. Buffalo is one of three 2019 opponents (also Maine - 1992 and Hampton - 1998) Liberty is facing for the first time in more than 20 years. More than half the players (60 of 115) on the Flames' 2019 roster were not born when the Flames topped the Bulls on Oct. 24, 1998 in Lynchburg.

4. The MAC will become the fourth FBS conference ever to have one of its members play at Williams Stadium, joining the ACC, Conference USA and the Sun Belt. Buffalo is aiming for its fourth all-time bowl game appearance and its second in a row this season, while Liberty is bowl-eligible for the first time in 2019.