As Liberty goes through its first season of the two-year FBS transition process, The Flame – Inside the FBS Transition documentary will follow Liberty's progress during the 2017 season.
The second of a multiple-part documentary series continues today by looking at the end of Liberty's August Training Camp and gives an inside look at Liberty's thrilling season-opening win at Baylor on Sept. 2.
Liberty opened the season with a 48-45 victory over the Bears in Waco, Texas, the program's fifth all-time win over an FBS program and third in the last four years. Liberty's first-ever win over a FBS Power 5 opponent was ranked by ESPN.com as the seventh-biggest upset in college football history over the last 25 years.
Future episodes of The Flame – Inside the FBS Transition documentary will be released during the rest of the 2017 season on LibertyFlames.com and the Liberty Football social media accounts.
On Feb. 16, the NCAA approved Liberty's waiver request to begin the two-year FBS reclassification process. Liberty will complete its final season as a FCS program in 2017, playing as a member of the Big South Conference, but will not be eligible for the conference title nor the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
During the 2018 season, Liberty will compete as a FBS independent program and will not be eligible for postseason competition. 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, the first of four FBS teams to visit Williams Stadium in 2018 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).
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