The 4th ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team (6-0) will face the Liberty Flames in a Big South Conference showdown in Lynchburg, Virginia on Saturday afternoon at 3:30. The winner of this regular season game has gone on to either win outright or share the conference championship in eight of the last nine years.
CCU defensive end Dominique Whiteside said that the Liberty game is the most important regular season game of the year for the Chants, "We do feel like this is a championship game going into it, and that's how we'll prepare for it."
Coastal Carolina beat Liberty 36-12 last October in Conway. But the Chanticleers are 1-4 lifetime against Liberty in Lynchburg. Liberty beat CCU 63-27 in 2010. The lifetime series between the schools is 5-5.
The Chants have not won at Liberty since 2005 when they pulled off a 27-21 triple-overtime thriller against the Flames.
Coastal Carolina is coming off an impressive 42-7 victory over Gardner-Webb in their Big South opener last Saturday.
Liberty is coming off a bye week. The Flames have a 3-3 record. Their three losses have come against powerhouse programs. Liberty dropped a 17-10 decision at Kent State, lost 30-21 at Richmond, and 21-17 at Old Dominion.
Liberty has won 18-straight Big South Conference home games. The Flames are ranked second in the conference in total offensive yards per game, averaging 383.5.
All-Big South Conference RB Aldreakis Allen is listed as "Out" for Liberty's game against CCU. Desmond Rice and D.J. Abner lead the Flames rushing attack. Both average more than five yards a carry. QB Josh Woodrum has completed more than 60 percent of his passes, averaging nearly 200 yards passing.
Coastal leads the Big South in scoring offense, and is ranked fifth in the nation at 43 points per contest. Liberty's scoring defense is best in the conference and sixth in the nation allowing just 16.7 points a game.
Coastal and Charleston Southern are tied for first place in the Big South standings at 1-0.