The Non-Power 5 Team to Watch This Year… The Liberty Flames

Written by Durr

Who? The Liberty Flames are the best team to watch this year if you are going to watch a small school. Why them? Well, it was a funny story how I stumbled upon this team.

It all started at the beginning of last year. My college roommates were looking for some random college football team to bet on pretty much as a joke. One of them stumbled upon Liberty. With minimal research, we saw that the quarterback, Malik Wilis, used to play at Auburn so, that was the play. Weeks later the whole house was riding Liberty week after week, hitting the spread or money line pretty much every time.

It got to a point where we actually became a fan of the football team and Liberty flourished into the Top 25 wrapping up the season with a huge bowl win against Coastal Carolina. Keep in mind, they were a blocked field goal away against North Carolina State from going undefeated.

This year the Flames return Quarterback, Malik Willis, who is now considered to be a top QB draft prospect in next year’s draft. His ability to both run and throw makes him a threat for defenses and all I have seen from reports this offseason is that he is only better with his arm now. I have also seen SOME mock drafts that have him as a Top 5 pick in 2022. This is just absolutely insane considering my buddies and I just randomly stumbled upon this team.

Although they are currently just outside the preseason top 25, in the way-too-early top 25 polls, Liberty was in them. The Flames have a great chance to go undefeated this year and make a splash in the high in the polls when November comes around. The schedule includes games at Syracuse (9/24), at Ole Miss (11/6), and home against #23 UL-Lafayette (11/20). Who knows, maybe by the time November 20th comes around the final game I mentioned will be on ESPN’s College Gameday.

If Malik Willis stays healthy, I see this team going undefeated and getting into a big bowl game. I wish this team got into the preseason polls as a Top 25 team because that would have given them a better chance to get their rank at the end of the year even higher than it may be, but at the end of the day, they still will be there. They will have to dominate the “lower” competition to creep in and win against the “higher” teams and I do not doubt that they will. Don’t sleep on Hugh Freeze’s Liberty Flames

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