The Charlotte 49ers have released the 12-game 2016 football schedule, which includes five contests with 2015 bowl teams and rematches of each Conference USA game played during the 49ers debut in the league, last season. In 2016, Charlotte will be competing in its second season at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA and its first with bowl eligibility.
The 49ers 12-game slate includes six home games and six road games with four non-conference matchups and eight Conference USA contests. In addition to five bowl participants, the 49ers will face three teams that were receiving votes in the final national polls.
Charlotte, which competes in C-USA’s seven-team East Division will play five interdivisional opponents and three of the six teams from the West Division. Each of the C-USA foes are the same as last season, with the sites of the games being reversed.
The 2016 C-USA alignment will feature seven teams in the East Division and six teams in the West Division. Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion and WKU comprise the East Division, while Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UTEP and UTSA make up the West Division.
The six home games include non-conference battles with Elon and Eastern Michigan and C-USA contests against Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, FIU and Rice. The road games include the season-opener at Louisville, another non-conference matchup with Temple and league showdowns at Florida Atlantic, Southern Miss, Marshall and UTSA.
Louisville, Temple and Marshall all received votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll. Temple was also receiving votes in the final AP poll. Those three teams along with Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss all reached bowl games in 2015.
All games are subject to date changes. A schedule of televised games will be released at a later date.
2016 season tickets are currently available. Visit charlotte49ers.com or call 704/687-4949 for more information.
Thurs. 1 at Louisville Louisville, Ky.
Sat. 10 ELON Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 17 EASTERN MICHIGAN Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 24 at Temple Philadelphia, Pa.
Sat. 1 OLD DOMINION* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 8 at Florida Atlantic* Boca Raton, Fla.
Sat. 15 FIU* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 22 at Marshall* Huntington, W.Va.
Sat. 29 BYE
Sat. 5 at Southern Miss* Hattiesburg, Miss.
Sat. 12 RICE* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 19 MIDDLE TENNESSEE* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 26 at UTSA* San Antonio, Texas
Home games in bold
* Conference USA game
Dates are Subject to change
At Louisville. Sept. 1
Atlantic Coast Conference
8-5; 5-3 ACC; 3rd Atlantic
Head Coach: Bobby Petrino
Note: One of five bowl teams on 2016 slate ... one of three teams on the 2016 slate that were receiving votes in final national polls ... Cardinals won the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, 27-21, over Texas A&M ... Louisville received votes in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll ... 49ers first game against an ACC opponent .... 49ers second game against a Power 5 foe (at Kentucky, 2015).
Elon, Sept. 10
4-7; 3-5 CAA; T7th
Head Coach: Rich Skrosky
Note: 49ers 2016 home-opener ... Elon’s first road game of 2016 ... Elon went 3-3 on the road in 2015 ... 49ers second meeting with Elon completes a two-game series ... Phoenix defeated the 49ers, 20-13, at Elon (Sept. 20, 2014).
Eastern Michigan, Sept. 17
1-11; 0-8 MAC; 6th West
Head Coach: Chris Creighton
Note: Eastern Michigan’s lone win in 2015 came on the road at Wyoming, 48-29 ... Eagles hosted C-USA’s Old Dominion, last year (L, 38-34) ... Eagles suffered two losses to ranked opponents (at #9/#8 LSU; at #22/#25 Toledo) ... this is the first meeting between the two schools ... two-game series concludes at Eastern Michigan, Sept. 2, 2017 in next year’s season-opener.
At Temple, Sept. 24
American Athletic Conference
10-4; 7-1 AAC; 1st East
Head Coach: Matt Rhule
Note: Temple is one of five opponents that went to a bowl game in 2015 ... Temple is one of three opponents that were receiving votes in the final national polls ... the Owls lost to Toledo, 32-17, in the Boca Raton Bowl ... Temple was receiving votes in both the final AP poll and the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll ... Temple enjoyed a 5-1 record at home ... Temple was listed 24th in the final (Jan. 12) realtimeRPI.com rankings ... game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, which will be Charlotte’s 2nd game in an NFL Stadium (W, 23-20 vs. Georgia State at Georgia Dome, 2015) ... this road game concludes a two-game series with the Owls ... Temple defeated Charlotte 37-3 in Charlotte, Oct. 2, 2015 in first-ever meeting.
Old Dominion, Oct. 1
5-7; 3-5 C-USA; T4th East
Head Coach: Bobby Wilder, 8th season
Note: ODU claimed a 37-34 home victory over the 49ers, Oct. 17, 2015 in first-ever meeting... the 34 points scored are the most by the 49ers against an FBS foe ... Kalif Phillips rushed for a school-record 204 yards ... ODU joined C-USA in 2014, ODU’s first in FBS.
at Florida Atlantic, Oct. 8
3-9; 3-5 C-USA; T4th East
Head Coach: Charlie Partridge
Note: 49ers lost to FAU, 17-7 in Charlotte’s first C-USA home game and first home night game in first-ever meeting between the teams … it was the 49ers first home game against an FBS opponent ... All-Pro running back Alfred Morris played at FAU from 2007-11 … joined C-USA in 2013.
FIU, Oct. 15
5-7; 3-5 C-USA; T4th East
Head Coach: Ron Turner
Note: FIU defeated Charlotte, 48-31 in Miami, Nov. 7, 2015 in the first-ever meeting ... WR Austin Duke tied his school record with three receiving TDs (from three different QBs) and surpassed 2500 career reciving yards ... FIU joined C-USA in 2013
at Marshall, Oct. 22
10-3; 6-2; T2nd East
Head Coach: Doc Holliday
Note: Marshall defeated 49ers, 34-10, in Charlotte Oct. 31, 2015 in first-ever meeting ... one of five opponents and one of three C-USA foes that competed in a 2015 Bowl game ... one of three opponents that was receiving votes in final national polls ... Beat Connecticut, 16-10, in St. Petersburg Bowl ... received votes in final ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll ... #49 in final (Jan. 12) realtimeRPI.com rankings ... enjoyed an unbeaten, 6-0, record at home ... 2014 C-USA Champs ... reached C-USA Championship game two of last three years.
BYE – Oct. 29
at Southern Miss, Nov. 5
9-5; 7-1 C-USA; West Div. Champs
Head Coach: Jay Hopson
Note: C-USA’s West Division Champs fell to WKU in the C-USA Championship game ... one of five 49ers opponents and one of three C-USA opponents that reached a 2015 bowl game ... lost to Washington, 44-31 in Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl ... USM won, 44-10, at Charlotte, Oct. 24, 2015 in first-ever meeting ... led by C-USA Offenive Player of the Year Nick Mullens ... 2011 C-USA Champions … five-time league champs (most of any C-USA program) … Shared first-ever C-USA title with Houston in 1996 … among the many NFL players that have played at Southern Miss: Brett Favre and Ray Guy.
Rice, Nov. 12
5-7; 3-5 C-USA; T3rd West
Head Coach: David Bailiff
Note: Rice defeated Charlotte, 27-7 in the 2015 season finale ... it was the first meeting between the two teams ... Owls were 2013 C-USA Champs … went to a school-record three straight bowl games from 2012-14 … joined C-USA in 2005.
Middle Tennessee, Nov. 19
7-6; 6-2 C-USA; T2nd East
Head Coach: Rick Stockstill
Note: 49ers lost at MT, 73-14, in their first-ever Conference USA game, Sept. 19, 2015 in teams’ first-ever meeting… The Blue Raiders are one of five opponents and one of three C-USA opponents that reached a bowl game last year ... MT was led by the C-USA Freshman of the Year: QB Brent Stockstill ... MT lost in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, 45-31 to Western Michigan ... MT finished #75 in the final (Jan. 12) realtimeRPI.com rankings -- one of five C-USA schools in the top 75 ... 2016 will be the 102nd of Blue Raider football … MT has been bowl eligible in 7 of 10 seasons under HC Rick Stockstill, including each of the last four … Stockstill is the longest-tenured coach in C-USA.
at UTSA, Nov. 26
3-9; 3-5 C-USA; T3rd West
Head Coach: Frank Wilson
Note: UTSA scored a 30-27 overtime win in Charlotte, Nov. 14, 2015, in the first-ever meeting between the teams ... it was the 49ers first C-USA overtime game ... Charlotte had a record five sacks and Larry Ogunjobi broke his mark with 4.5 TFL … UTSA’s first season was 2011 and it joined C-USA in 2013 ... Charlotte used UTSA as a resource/model in starting up its own program.