The Flames kick off their 2020 10-game schedule this weekend when Liberty travels to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on Western Kentucky on ESPNU and the LFSN Radio Network.
Game Day Central Links: • Live Audio (LFSN Radio) • Live Stats (WKUSports.com) • Live Video (ESPNU) • Liberty Game Notes • Western Kentucky Game Notes • Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium • Game Day Information Guide • Parking Information • Flames Ticket Office • Weather – Bowling Green, Ky.
Official Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. (EST)
TV Coverage: ESPNU Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Clay Matvick Color Commentator: Rocky Boiman
Radio Coverage: Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio LFSN Radio Network Affiliates List • Pregame: 10:30 a.m. (EST) Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York Color Commentator: Paul Rutigliano Sidelines: Nick Pierce Pregame: Nick Pierce and Alan York
Saturday's Top Storylines
1. Liberty (0-0) will kick off its 48th football season Saturday at Western Kentucky (0-1, 0-0 C-USA), the Flames' first of two straight Conference USA opponents to start the year (also Sept. 26 vs. FIU).
2. Both Liberty and Western Kentucky won bowl games under the direction of first-year head coaches in 2019. Hugh Freeze led the Flames to a Cure Bowl victory, while Tyson Helton coached the Hilltoppers to a win in the First Responder Bowl.
3. Liberty begins its third FBS campaign looking to continue making history. The 2018 Flames became the ninth team ever to win 6+ games in their FBS debut season. The 2019 Flames were the third team to win a bowl game during their first season of bowl eligibility.
4. The Flames are 2-0 all-time versus WKU, but the two teams have not met since Oct. 19, 1996.
5. Liberty, LSU and Oklahoma are the only FBS teams who have to replace a 3,000-yard passer (Stephen Calvert), a 1,000-yard rusher (Frankie Hickson) and a 1,000-yard receiver (current Washington Football Team WR Antonio Gandy-Golden) this season.
6. One of two transfers is expected to make his starting QB debut for the Flames on Saturday, including Malik Willis (Auburn) and Chris Ferguson (Maine). See page 4 for a list of Liberty's top performances by QBs in their Flames starting debuts.
A Liberty Win Would ...
• Boost the Flames' all-time record in season openers to 23-25.
• Mark the Flames' second straight victory in a season opener played on the road, following their 48-45 triumph at Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017.
• Improve the Flames' all-time record against Western Kentucky to 3-0.
• Give Hugh Freeze a 2-0 record when coaching against the Hilltoppers. His Arkansas State squad won 26-22 at WKU on Oct. 1, 2011.
• Give the Flames a winning all-time record (2-1) versus Conference USA opponents.
• Lift the Flames' all-time record when playing in Kentucky to 4-5.
• Represent the Flames' third consecutive triumph when playing on Sept. 19.