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Football Opponent Preview: Maine

October 17, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Maine

Game Note vs. Maine

The Flames have won three straight home games and are 8-2 at Williams Stadium since joining the FBS ranks in 2018. Liberty is 31-14 all-time on Homecoming games.

"4 Downs" with the Black Bears

1. The Black Bears are visiting Williams Stadium for the first time on Saturday, making Maine the 25th different state ever to have a team play at the facility. Saturday's game will feature a matchup between first-year head coaches. Hugh Freeze is in his first season at the helm for the Flames, while Maine's Nick Charlton is making his debut as a collegiate head coach in 2019.

2. Liberty is coming off of its first of two bye weeks this season. (The Flames will also have a bye on Nov. 16.) The Flames are 0-3 in their first game following a bye week since the start of the 2017 campaign. Maine is the second FCS opponent on the Flames' 2019 schedule. Liberty posted a 62-27 home victory over FCS member Hampton on Sept. 21, improving to 3-0 against FCS foes since joining the FBS ranks prior to the 2018 season.

3. Liberty and Maine are squaring off on the gridiron for the first time in 27 years. The Black Bears are the third opponent the Flames are facing for the first time in 20+ seasons in 2019. Prior to this year, Liberty last matched up with both Buffalo and Hampton during the 1998 season.

4. With four losses (2-4 overall record), Maine is off to an uncharacteristically slow start. The Black Bears have already equaled their loss total from 2018, when they finished 10-4 and reached the FCS national semifinals. Following Saturday, Liberty will embark on a four-game road trip. The Flames are the only FBS team who will play four straight road games during the 2019 season.