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Football Opponent Preview: Virginia

November 8, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Virginia

Liberty (4-4) makes the short trip north on Route 29 this Saturday for its first-ever gridiron matchup with Virginia (6-3, 4-2 ACC).

"4 Downs" with the Cavaliers     

1. Saturday's game will mark the first-ever gridiron meeting between Liberty and Virginia. It is the Flames' first in-state road game and their first matchup with an ACC opponent since a 36-13 season-opening loss at Virginia Tech on Sept. 3, 2016 fulfilled both categories. At 6-3, Virginia is bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004 and 2005.

2. This game will feature two of six FBS players who have recorded 240+ receiving yards in a game this season, Liberty junior Antonio Gandy-Golden and Virginia senior Olamide Zaccheaus. Gandy-Golden tallied a school-record 245 yards at New Mexico on Sept. 29, two weeks after Zaccheaus set the Cavaliers' single-game mark with 247 yards against Ohio. Both are featured on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

3. Liberty will become familiar with Scott Stadium in coming seasons, as the Flames are scheduled to visit Charlottesville during three consecutive years. Liberty will also play at Virginia on Nov. 23, 2019 and Nov. 7, 2020. Football is the Flames' third team to face UVA this fall. Liberty volleyball and field hockey both topped the Cavaliers in September.

4. There are four FBS teams in Virginia. After Saturday, the Liberty-Virginia victor will be the only one of the quartet remaining unbeaten in Commonwealth clashes this fall. Liberty (Old Dominion) and Virginia (Richmond) both opened the season with in-state victories. The Flames (Norfolk State) and Cavaliers (Virginia Tech) each close the regular season against Commonwealth opponents.