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).
Yes that is the @POTUS announcing @LibertyFootball future FBS opponents! Thank you @realDonaldTrump! #GiveMeL18erty pic.twitter.com/x5g9ob1n9i — Liberty Flames (@libertyflames) May 13, 2017
Yes that is the @POTUS announcing @LibertyFootball future FBS opponents! Thank you @realDonaldTrump! #GiveMeL18erty pic.twitter.com/x5g9ob1n9i
Below is a full list of the FBS schools Liberty currently has agreements with for future football matchups, starting with the 2018 season:
Army Sept. 8, 2018 – Liberty at Army Nov. 27, 2021 – Army at Liberty Sept. 20, 2025 – Liberty at Army Nov. 28, 2026 – Army at Liberty
Auburn Nov. 17, 2018 – Liberty at Auburn
Brigham Young University (BYU) Nov. 9, 2019 – Liberty at BYU Oct. 22, 2022 – BYU at Liberty
Buffalo 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
Rutgers Oct. 26, 2019 – Liberty at Rutgers
Troy Oct. 13, 2018 – Troy at Liberty
Virginia 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
2018 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
2019 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
2020 Sept. 5 at Virginia Tech
2021 Oct. 9 at North Texas Nov. 13 at Ole Miss Nov. 27 vs. Army
2022 Sept. 17 at Wake Forest Oct. 22 vs. BYU
2023 Sept. 16 at Buffalo
2025 Aug. 30 vs. Wake Forest Sept. 20 at Army
2026 Sept. 3, 4 or 5 at Wake Forest Nov. 28 vs. Army
2027 Sept. 11 vs. Virginia
Like Us on Facebook
Follow Us on Twitter
Follow Us on Instagram