Virginia Cavaliers football announced today that the school has added three more games against Liberty to the future schedule, for a total of six games between 2018 and 2030. That’s right, 2030.
Virginia was already scheduled to play Liberty in Charlottesville on November 10, 2018, and November 23, 2019, with a return trip to Lynchburg in 2027. Two of the three new matchups, November 7, 2020 and September 14, 2030 (not a typo) will be in Charlottesville, while the third, September 15, 2029, will be in Lynchburg.
"We are excited to add highly attractive matchups against Virginia to our future schedules as we increase the number of games versus opponents in the Commonwealth of Virginia," Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said in a statement.
In addition to the six games against Virginia, Liberty has six scheduled against Virginia Tech, from 2020 to 2030. Both the Hoos and the Hokies will share Liberty as a common opponent in 2020, 2027, 2029 and 2030. That I’m even typing those numbers feels entirely silly.
As Liberty tries to ramp up its in-state matchups, the team will also play Old Dominion three times — 2018, 2021 and 2022.
For the three games already scheduled, Virginia will pay Liberty $500,000 to come in 2018, and $700,000 to come in 2019. Liberty will pay Virginia $150,000 to travel to Lynchburg in 2027. We have not yet obtained the updated guaranteed amounts for the newly scheduled games.
The future scheduling is probably less an indication of where UVA views itself in future years and is more indicative of aggressive scheduling by Liberty. It’s anyone’s guess as to where the state of the program — whether that be Virginia, Liberty, or Virginia Tech — is in a decade.