LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR/Wire Services) — When it comes to football, the Liberty Flames have no problem being the “Plus One” for three different Atlantic Coast Conference teams this season.
Upon release of the ACC schedule Thursday morning, three of Liberty’s 2020 opponents were solidified, with only one adjustment to its schedule.
The Flames will still travel to Syracuse on Oct. 17 and NC State on Nov. 21. Liberty’s matchup against in-state foe Virginia Tech has been moved from Sept. 5 to Nov. 7, keeping in line with the ACC’s newly announced protocols for the 2020 season.
On July 29, the ACC announced it would allow its conference members to play their first game of the season during the week of Sept. 7-12.
Additionally, ACC schools would play a 10-game conference schedule, and would be allowed to play a “Plus One” non-conference opponent.
The league announced all non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC.
With today’s announcement, Liberty currently has 11 games on its 2020 schedule. The Flames lost their first opponent of the season to the COVID-19 pandemic when UConn announced on Wednesday its football program would not compete in 2020. Liberty and UConn were scheduled to play in East Hartford, Conn. on Oct. 31.
As of now, the Flames are set to open the 2020 schedule in Lynchburg against North Carolina A&T on Sept. 12 with kickoff set for 6 p.m.