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Future FBS Opponents Named in President Trump's Address

May 13, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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During his commencement address to Liberty's 2017 graduating class, Saturday morning at Williams Stadium, President Donald J. Trump commented on Liberty's move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, including the mention of several of Liberty's upcoming FBS opponents.

President Trump served as the Commencement Weekend speaker for the 44th graduation ceremony in the school's history. More than 18,000 graduates were awarded degrees on Saturday, including 82 student-athletes, with more than 7,000 taking part in this year's commencement exercises.

During his remarks about the tremendous growth of Liberty over the last 40-plus years, President Trump singled out the football program's move to the FBS level.

On Feb. 16, the NCAA approved Liberty's waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty will compete as an FCS independent in 2017 and FBS independent in 2018. At the conclusion of the two-year process, Liberty will be a full-fledged FBS program in 2019, which will include the opportunity to compete for bowl game appearances.

The Flames will host their first FBS home game against Old Dominion on Sept. 1, 2018, and will need to host a total of four FBS teams during the 2018 season to meet the FBS reclassification criteria. The 2018 home schedule also features FBS matchups against North Texas (Sept. 22), Troy (Oct. 13) and New Mexico State (Nov. 24).

Below is a full list of the FBS schools Liberty currently has agreements with for future football matchups, starting with the 2018 season:

Sept. 8, 2018 – Liberty at Army
Nov. 27, 2021 – Army at Liberty
Sept. 20, 2025 – Liberty at Army
Nov. 28, 2026 – Army at Liberty

Nov. 17, 2018 – Liberty at Auburn

Brigham Young University (BYU)
Nov. 9, 2019 – Liberty at BYU
Oct. 22, 2022 – BYU at Liberty

Sept. 14, 2019 – Buffalo at Liberty
Sept. 16, 2023 – Liberty at Buffalo

Old Dominion
Sept. 1, 2018 – Old Dominion at Liberty

Ole Miss
Nov. 13, 2021 – Liberty at Ole Miss

Massachusetts (UMass)
Nov. 3, 2018 – Liberty at UMass

New Mexico
Sept. 29, 2018 – Liberty at New Mexico
Sept. 28, 2019 – New Mexico at Liberty

New Mexico State
Oct. 6, 2018 – Liberty at New Mexico State
Nov. 24, 2018 – New Mexico State at Liberty
Oct. 5, 2019 – Liberty at New Mexico State
Nov. 30, 2019 – New Mexico State at Liberty

North Texas
Sept. 22, 2018 – North Texas at Liberty
Oct. 9, 2021 – Liberty at North Texas

Oct. 26, 2019 – Liberty at Rutgers

Oct. 13, 2018 – Troy at Liberty

Nov. 10, 2018 – Liberty at Virginia
Nov. 23, 2019 – Liberty at Virginia
Sept. 11, 2027 – Virginia at Liberty

Virginia Tech
Sept. 5, 2020 – Liberty at Virginia Tech

Wake Forest
Sept. 17, 2022 – Liberty at Wake Forest
Aug. 30, 2025 – Wake Forest at Liberty
Sept. 3, 4 or 5, 2026 – Liberty at Wake Forest

Comments on Liberty's future FBS schedule

"It will be a thrilling time during the 2018 season for Liberty Football. Not only are we transitioning to the FBS level, but we are playing some great teams and hope to show our readiness for the next step up. We are also excited for our fans to see the tremendous team we will be putting on the field to entertain them in 2018!"
Turner Gill, Liberty's Head Football Coach

"We have made remarkable progress in assembling our future football schedules over the past three months. Mickey Guridy and Dave Brown, from Gridiron, have been invaluable in this process. Flames Nation will be excited to see these future matchups against some of the top college football programs in the region and nation."

"We are pleased to be hosting Old Dominion in our first home game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. We are seeking to play a prominent home game each year, so the opportunity to host an in-state rival who won 10 games including a bowl game last year is exciting for our program."
Ian McCaw, Liberty's Director of Athletics

Liberty's Future Football Schedules

Sept. 1 vs. Old Dominion

Sept. 8 at Army
Sept. 15 vs. Norfolk State
Sept. 22 vs. North Texas

Sept. 29 at New Mexico
Oct 6 at New Mexico State
Oct. 13 vs. Troy
Oct. 20 vs. Idaho State

Nov. 3 at UMass
Nov. 10 at Virginia
Nov. 17 at Auburn
Nov. 24 vs. New Mexico State

Sept. 14 vs. Buffalo
Sept. 28 vs. New Mexico

Oct. 5 at New Mexico State
Oct. 26 at Rutgers
Nov. 9 at BYU
Nov. 23 at Virginia
Nov. 30 vs. New Mexico State

Sept. 5 at Virginia Tech

Oct. 9 at North Texas
Nov. 13 at Ole Miss
Nov. 27 vs. Army

Sept. 17 at Wake Forest
Oct. 22 vs. BYU

Sept. 16 at Buffalo

Aug. 30 vs. Wake Forest

Sept. 20 at Army

Sept. 3, 4 or 5 at Wake Forest
Nov. 28 vs. Army

Sept. 11 vs. Virginia