The Charlotte 49ers have released the 12-game 2018 football schedule, which includes a program-high eight contests against 2017 bowl teams. The 49ers' 12-game slate includes six home games and six road games with four non-conference matchups and eight Conference USA contests.
Sat. 1 FORDHAM Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 8 APPALACHIAN STATE Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 15 OLD DOMINION* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 22 at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass.
Sat. 29 at UAB* Birmingham, Ala.
Sat. 6 BYE
Sat. 13 WKU* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 20 at Middle Tennessee* Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Sat. 27 SOUTHERN MISS* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 3 at Tennessee Knoxville, Tenn.
Sat. 10 at Marshall* Huntington, W. Va.
Sat. 17 FIU* Jerry Richardson Stadium
Sat. 24 at Florida Atlantic* Boca Raton, Fla.
Home games in bold * Conference USA game
Dates are subject to change Times TBA
2018 OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
Fordham, Sept. 1
4-7; 3-3 Patriot
Head Coach: Andrew Breiner
Notes: 2018 Season Opener ... FCS opponent ... qualified for FCS Playoffs in 2015 ... Charlotte is 3-2 in season openers ... this will be the 49ers second season-opener at home (W, 52-7 vs. Campbell, 2013) ... Fordham football dates back to 1881 when a group of students selected sides for a "quasi-match"... in 1882, defeated Seton Hall, 1-0, in its first-ever game ... football alumni include Vince Lombardi (1934-36).
Appalachian State, Sept. 8
Sun Belt Conference
9-4; 7-1 SBC
Head Coach: Scott Satterfield
Notes: First-ever meeting between the two in-state foes ... App State earned a share of the 2017 Sun Belt Championship with a 7-1 record ... one of a record eight bowl teams on the 2018 slate ... defeated Toledo, 34-0, in the Dollar General Bowl ... the series will continue in 2019 when Charlotte travels to Boone, N.C., Sept. 7.
Old Dominion, Sept. 15
5-7; 3-5 C-USA; 6th East
Head Coach: Bobby Wilder
Notes: C-USA opener ... Charlotte is 0-3 all-time, including a 6-0 loss at ODU, in 2017 ... The Monarchs won, 52-17 in their lone trip to Charlotte in 2016 ... ODU's two wins in Norfolk, Va., came by a combined nine points.
at Massachusetts, Sept. 22
Head Coach: Mark Whipple
Notes: The Minutemen went 4-8 as a FBS Independent ... six of their losses, however, were by 10 points or less ... notable results: L, at Tennessee, 17-13; L vs ODU, 17-7; W vs App State, 30-27 (2OT); L at Mississippi State, 34-23; W at BYU 16-10; L at FIU 63-45 ... the series will continue in 2019 when UMass heads to Charlotte, Sept. 14.
at UAB, Sept. 29
8-5; 6-2 C-USA; T2nd West
Head Coach: Bill Clark
Notes: Charlotte is 1-0 all-time vs. UAB following last year's 25-24 OT victory at home ... The Blazers boasted C-USA Coach of the Year Bill Clark and the C-USA Freshman of the Year in running back Spencer Brown ... UAB is one of eight bowl teams on the schedule (L, 41-6 vs. Ohio, Bahamas Bowl) ... last year's win over the Blazers was Charlotte's third all-time over an eventual bowl team (2015: W, 23-20 at Georgia State; 2016: W, 38-27 at Southern Miss) ... it was Charlotte's first C-USA home win and first home win over an eventual bowl team.
BYE – Oct. 6
WKU, Oct. 13
6-7; 4-4 C-USA; T3rd East
Head Coach: Mike Sanford
Notes: Charlotte lost its lone meeting with WKU, 45-14, in Bowling Green in 2017 ... WKU is one of a record eight bowl teams on the 2018 slate ... the Hilltoppers lost to Georgia State, 27-17 in the Auto Nation Cure Bowl ... former Hilltopper Jack Doyle (TE, Indianapolis) became the first player from the school to earn a Pro Bowl selection when he was named to the 2018 event.
at Middle Tennessee, Oct. 20
7-6; 4-4 C-USA; T3rd East
Head Coach: Rick Stockstill
Notes: Charlotte is 0-3 vs. MT ... The Blue Raiders won 35-21 in Charlotte in 2017 ... MT is one of a record eight bowl teams on the 2018 slate ... the Blue Raiders beat Arkansas State, 35-30 in the Raycom Camellia Bowl ... MT has been bowl eligible in 9 of 12 seasons under HC Rick Stockstill, including each of the last six … Stockstill is the longest-tenured active coach in C-USA.
Southern Miss, Oct. 27
8-5; 6-2 C-USA; T2nd West
Head Coach: Jay Hopson
Notes: Charlotte is 1-2 all-time vs. USM, including last year's 66-21 road loss in Hattiesburg ... the Golden Eagles won 44-10 in their only other trip to Charlotte (2015) ... the Golden Eagles are one of a record eight bowl teams on the 2018 slate ... USM lost to Florida State, 42-13, in the Walk-On's Independence Bowl.
at Tennessee, Nov. 3
4-8; 0-8 SEC
Head Coach: Jeremy Pruitt
Notes: The Volunteers were a perfect 4-0 in non-conference play ... the non-con victories included wins over Georgia Tech, UMass and Southern Miss ... Charlotte is 0-1 vs. the SEC (L, 58-10 at Kentucky, 2015) ... Jeremy Pruitt is in his first year as head coach at Tennessee ... he served as defensive coordinator at Alabama (2016-17), Georgia (2014-15) and Florida State (2013) ... the 49ers will return to Knoxville, Sept. 5, 2020.
at Marshall, Nov. 10
8-5; 4-4 C-USA, T3rd East
Head Coach: Doc Holliday
Notes: Charlotte is 1-2 all-time vs. Marshall, including a 27-24 victory in the 49ers last trip to Marshall in 2016 ... Marshall won 14-3 in Charlotte in 2017 ... Marshall is one of a record eight bowl teams on the 2018 slate ... the Herd defeated Colorado State, 31-28, in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
FIU, Nov. 17
8-5; 5-3 C-USA; 2nd East
Head Coach: Butch Davis
Notes: Final home game of 2018 ... Charlotte is 0-3 all-time vs. FIU with the last two losses coming by one point (2017: L, 30-29 at FIU; 2016: L, 27-26 at Charlotte) ... FIU is one of a record eight bowl teams on the 2018 slate ... the Panthers fell to Temple, 28-3, in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
at Florida Atlantic, Nov. 24
10-3; 8-0 C-USA; 1st East
Head Coach: Lane Kiffin
Notes: Season finale ... Charlotte is 1-2 all-time vs. the Owls ... FAU won, 31-12, at Charlotte in the 2017 season-finale ... Charlotte's first-ever C-USA win was a 28-23 win at FAU in 2016 ... The Owls were the 2017 C-USA Champions ... RB Devin Singletary was the C-USA MVP ... FAU is one of a record eight bowl teams on the 2018 slate ... the Owls defeated Akron, 50-3, in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.