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Liberty Ranked No. 20 in FCS Coaches Poll

August 23, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Ranked No. 20 in FCS Coaches Poll

Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

With less than two weeks until the Flames kick off their 2010 season in their home opener against St. Francis, Pa., Liberty has received its second preseason Top 25 ranking. The Flames are ranked No. 20 in the FCS Coaches preseason Top 25 poll, as released earlier today.

Last week, Liberty was listed No. 21 in the Sports Network/Fathead.com preseason FCS Top 25 poll, marking the first time the Flames have received a pair of preseason Top 25 rankings under head coach Danny Rocco.

The Flames finished the 2009 season with an 8-3 overall mark and shared the Big South Conference title with a 5-1 league record, earning their third-straight conference championship.

Liberty has been a nationally ranked FCS program the last three years, reaching as high as No. 14 in the final Sports Network poll in 2008, following a 10-2 campaign.

Liberty has found a variety of rankings in this year's annual preseason magazines, including listings at No. 15 in Athlon Sports, No. 20 in Lindy's Sports and No. 25 in Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

During the 2009 season, Liberty was ranked inside the Top 25 of the Sports Network or FCS Coaches polls nine out of 14 weeks (including the preseason and final polls). Liberty was ranked as high as No. 16 in both listings, following a 54-14 victory over VMI on Nov. 7.

Dating back to the beginning of the 2008 season and the above mentioned two preseason rankings, Liberty has been ranked inside the Top 25 22 out of the last 30 polls.

James Madison, who the Flames will face in Harrisonburg on Sept. 25, is ranked No. 15 in both the FCS Coaches poll and the Sports Network Fathead.com preseason FCS Top 25 listing.

Two other opponents on Liberty's 2010 schedule also received votes in the preseason FCS Coaches poll. The pair both hails from the Big South Conference, with Stony Brook receiving two votes and Gardner-Webb garnering one vote.

The Flames are slated to open their 2010 schedule on Sept. 4 against St. Francis, Pa., in Lynchburg at historic City Stadium. It will mark the program's first home game away from Williams Stadium since Liberty moved out of City Stadium midway through the 1989 season. 

Liberty is completing a $16 million renovation to Williams Stadium, which will add 7,200 seats, 18 luxury suites and a five-story press tower to its home facility. Liberty is scheduled to open the renovated stadium against Savannah State on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.