Game Day: Syracuse
On Saturday, the Flames will look to avenge a 24-0 home loss to then No. 22 Syracuse in Hugh Freeze's Liberty debut, Aug. 31, 2019 at Williams Stadium.
"4 Downs" with the Orange
1. Syracuse is the only repeat opponent on Liberty's 2020 schedule from the 2019 season. Since the Orange spoiled Hugh Freeze's Flames debut with a 24-0 shutout at Williams Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019, Syracuse is just 5-10. Conversely, Liberty is 12-4 since that setback, including its current six-game winning streak. The Flames are the lone non-conference opponent on Syracuse's 2020 schedule.
2. For the second straight week, Liberty is receiving votes in the Coaches Poll. After garnering their first-ever FBS Top 25 vote Oct. 4, the Flames earned eight votes Sunday. Liberty (Joshua Mack & Malik Willis) and Duke are the only two FBS teams with two players who have tallied 340+ rushing yards in 2020. Syracuse will face the duos in consecutive weeks, after the Blue Devils' Deon Jackson and Mateo Durant rushed for 332 yards last Saturday.
3. The Flames are scheduled to face three ACC opponents during the same season for the first time in program history, also including visits to Virginia Tech (Nov. 7) and NC State (Nov. 21). Liberty is the only non-conference team scheduled to match up with three ACC foes in 2020. The Flames are also facing a trio of Conference USA teams.
4. Turnovers will be a key stat to watch, as Syracuse has forced four or more turnovers during each of its last two games and ranks No. 1 nationally with 14 takeaways in 2020. Meanwhile, the Flames have recorded three takeaways against each of their last two opponents. Last year, Syracuse forced four Liberty turnovers.