SU Record: 9-1
ATS Record: 9-2-0
|Sep-18||vs Old Dominion|
|Oct-9||vs Middle Tennessee|
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The Liberty Flames burst onto the scene a year ago, becoming one of the biggest stories in college football. While COVID-19 presented many challenges for most college football programs, everything seemed to go right for the Liberty Flames football program.
Liberty will open up the college football season on September 4 against Campbell, but the schedule will get much tougher from that point on. Ole Miss will be one of the toughest games on this schedule, but matchups against UAB, Louisiana, and Syracuse will be big-time games as well.
The 2020 college football season at Liberty was the best in school history, and there is hope that the 2021 season could go even better. Liberty finished the 2020 season with a record of 10-1, and they were just one point away from finishing the season with an undefeated record.
The lone loss for Liberty was a game against N.C. State Wolf Pack, but there were some impressive wins along the way. The Flames were able to upset Coastal Carolina in overtime in the Cure Bowl to complete the season on a high note.
Liberty has a long list of key players heading into the 2021 season, but quarterback Malik Willis is at the top of the list. Willis was one of the most impressive players in college football a season ago, and he should be even better with another year of experience under his belt.
TreShaun Clark is one of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball, and he spends a large chunk of his time in the opponent’s backfield. Javon Scruggs will be one of the most important players in the secondary, and this is a unit that has some question marks.
With much of the roster coming back in 2021, there is not much room for anyone to step into a starting spot. Liberty is going to need some production from other players in 2021, but it seems pretty clear who will lead this team.
Rashaad Harding might be the only exception to this as he will have a chance to be on the field to begin the season. Harding will be penciled into the linebacker position, and the Flames will need him to have a big performance.
Liberty is set to return at least 20 starters from a season ago, and they also have most of their depth back. The strong 2020 season also allowed Liberty to attract some big-time players in recruiting.
The Flames are going to be without some of the players that lost just one game in 2020, but they are not going to be without any key performers.
Since Liberty does not compete in any conference, there are no divisional matchups to take a look at. Liberty is one of the few independent teams in college football, and that does hurt their chances of ultimately playing in the College Football Playoff.
Liberty Team Offense
Liberty has 10 starters returning from 2020, and they were one of the most explosive offenses in the country a season ago. Malik Willis is obviously the player that makes this offense go, but the Flames are going to be able to run the ball as well.
Liberty is able to attack teams in multiple ways, but their biggest strength is the ability to extend drives. If teams are able to find a way to stop Willis and his dual-threat approach then this team will go back to the run to move the football.
Liberty Team Defense
While Liberty is expected to score a ton of points this season, finding a way to get enough stops on defense is going to be a big key. The defensive line is going to be solid once again, but there could potentially be some holes on the back end.
This was a defense that seemed to play better than the sum of its parts in 2020, but they are going to be facing another loaded schedule this season. Stopping the run will be a key, but the Flames will also have to get stops in the secondary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hugh Freeze is the head football coach of the Liberty Flames
Junior Malik Willis will be the starting quarterback at Liberty during the 2021 college football season.
Liberty is an independent college football team and therefore they do not compete in any conference.
Liberty plays its home games at Williams Stadium with a capacity of 25,000 people.
Liberty has never won a national championship in college football, but it has gone a perfect 2-0 in bowl games.