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Football Opponent Preview: Idaho State

October 18, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Idaho State

Liberty (3-3) plays host to Idaho State (4-2, 3-1 Big Sky) for the first time in program history during the Flames' 45th annual Homecoming game.

"4 Downs" with the Bengals   

1. Saturday's matinee will be Liberty's first-ever head-to-head meeting with Idaho State in any sport, and the Bengals will be the first team from Idaho ever to visit Williams Stadium. It will be the Flames' first matchup with an FCS opponent since they became an FBS squad. Liberty spent the last 30 seasons (1988-2017) playing at the FCS (formerly 1-AA) level.

2. Idaho State is facing its second FBS opponent of the season, after losing 45-23 at California on Sept. 15. The Bengals are meeting two FBS foes for the 11th consecutive season. They are trying for an FBS victory for the second straight year, following a 30-28 triumph at Nevada on Sept. 16, 2017. At 4-2, Idaho State is off to its best six-game start to a season since the 2003 Bengals opened an 8-4 season at 4-2.

3. Saturday's game could be a shootout, as both Liberty and Idaho State have scored 40+ points three times this season and both teams have posted three games of 500+ offensive yards in 2018. The Flames have gone over the 40-point mark in three of their last five Homecoming contests.

4. Both teams saw significant fourth quarter swings last week. Liberty came from behind to score the game-winning TD with 2:23 to play in their win over Troy. Conversely, Idaho State saw its 15-point lead over UC Davis disappear during the final 8:30 of the fourth quarter. The Bengals went on to lose just their second game of the season by a 44-37 count in overtime.