The Bowling Green Falcons adds a third date to their 2020 out-of-conference schedule and their first 2023 date with the addition of the Liberty Flames.
The dates were announced as part of a schedule reveal released by Liberty University Wednesday afternoon. Bowling Green has yet to release an official confirmation, but does list the games on its future schedules page and Twitter feed.
According to Liberty University’s release, BGSU will host Liberty in 2020, and then make a return trip to Lynchburg, Virginia in 2023.
BGSU has one more spot to fill for the 2020 season, as the Falcons currently have Ohio State and Illinois on the schedule. The Falcons will have to flesh out their 2023 schedules, as Liberty is their only current opponent scheduled.
The scheduling is interesting for a number of reasons. Liberty football is currently a member of the FCS’ Big South Conference and are in the midst of transitioning to full FBS membership, where it will be a post-season eligbile independent starting in 2019.
The Flame’s first season at the FBS level will be in 2018, although they are ineligbile to go to the postseason, as per transtional requirements.
LIberty football is also coached by Turner Gill, who came to prominence at MAC member Buffalo before flaming out at Kansas.
The Flames have done a masterful job thus far in its FBS scheduling, with expected home-and-homes scheduled with Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, BYU, Syracuse, UMass and Old Dominion. Bowling Green will be Liberty’s second add from the MAC, with Buffalo already on the schedule for 2019 and 2023.