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Liberty Jumps Back Into the Top 25 Rankings

October 19, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames celebrate with their fans after a 58-13 victory over Coastal Carolina, a win which was enough to get them back inside the FCS Top 25.

The Flames celebrate with their fans after a 58-13 victory over Coastal Carolina, a win which was enough to get them back inside the FCS Top 25.

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After a three-week absence from the listing of the nation's top FCS programs, Liberty moved back inside the Top 25 in both the Sports Network and AGS weekly college football polls, as announced earlier this afternoon.

The Flames, who are coming off a 58-13 victory over Big South foe Coastal Carolina this past weekend, were listed at No. 23 in both national rankings.

The 45-point victory over the Chanticleers was Liberty's 12th straight against Big South foes, which extended the conference record for consecutive league victories and gave Liberty the fourth-longest active conference winning streak nationally among FCS programs.

Liberty received 368 votes in this week's Sports Network poll, finishing in front of No. 24 Northern Arizona (261 votes) and No. 25 Eastern Illinois (249 votes). Listed just ahead of the Flames are No. 21 Eastern Kentucky (645 votes) and No. 22 Holy Cross (479 votes).

In the AGS ranking, issued weekly by AnyGivenSaturday.com, the Flames garnered 305 votes to grab the ranking's No. 23 spot. Liberty was listed ahead of No. 24 Northern Arizona (281 votes) and No. 25 Holy Cross (210 votes), while ranking behind No. 21 Furman (444 votes) and No. 22 Eastern Kentucky (335 votes).

In the final weekly released FCS poll, Liberty continued to receive votes in the FCS Coaches poll for the fourth-straight week. The Flames finished this week's listing with 29 votes, which places the Flames No. 29 in the weekly poll. No. 25 Northern Arizona received 38 votes to claim this week's final spot in the poll, which is voted upon weekly by 28 FCS head coaches.

Richmond, the defending FCS national champion, was the consensus No. 1 pick in all three polls, while the next six also were identical in the trio of listings. Montana was listed at No. 2, followed by No. 3 Southern Illinois, No. 4 Villanova, No. 5 William & Mary, No. 6 Northern Iowa and No. 7 Elon.
This week's No. 23 ranking is the highest such listing for Liberty during the 2009 season. The Flames spent three weeks earlier this year ranked No. 24 in the FCS Coaches poll.

Last year, Liberty had the program's most successful run in the national polls, when the Flames were ranked inside the Top 25 for 10-straight weeks. Liberty finished the year ranked No. 14 in the Sports Network poll and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches ranking, the program's highest end-of-the-year national listing.

The Flames (4-2, 1-0 Big South) will be looking for their third-straight victory and fifth in their last six games this Saturday, when Liberty travels to Charleston, S.C., to face the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern. Game time at CSU Stadium is slated for 1:30 p.m.