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James Madison and Liberty Extend Rivalry Series

James Madison-Liberty rivalry
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Beginning in 2025, a pair of old Football Championship Subdivision rivals will meet again on the gridiron for what has now been expanded to a six-game series.

James Madison and Liberty had originally agreed to a two-game series that was set to begin in 2033 but four more games were added to the rivalry on Friday.

Liberty will host the first meeting in Lynchburg, Va., in 2025 along with additional contests in 2032 and 2033 while James Madison will host games in 2026, 2031, and 2034 in Harrisonburg.

The series was originally scheduled for just the 2033 and 2034 seasons.

The James Madison-Liberty rivalry had a longstanding history during their respective times at the FCS level, last meeting in 2014 where a 26-21 Liberty victory earned the program its first-ever FCS playoff win.

James Madison leads the all-time series 12-6 having last beat the Flames in 2011, the last of a six-game winning streak against Liberty which had dated back to 2000.

Five years after their last matchup, Liberty made the jump to Football Bowl Subdivision and has never recorded a losing season including a program-best 13 wins in the 2023 season, capped with a Fiesta Bowl appearance.

James Madison just finished its second season in the FBS with an 11-2 record which included a 10-0 start and an appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl.

James Madison-Liberty rivalry
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