|Half of Charlotte 49ers football schedule includes 2019 bowl teams|
|September road dates at Duke and Tennessee|
|Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:00 pm|
|PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|The Charlotte 49ers, who went 7-6 in 2019, will play six bowl teams as part of their 2020 schedule.|
Road dates against SEC and ACC opponents highlight the Charlotte 49ers’ 2020 football schedule.
The 49ers travel to Tennessee Sept. 5 and Duke on Sept. 17 for a Thursday game as part of their four-game non-conference schedule. Charlotte hosts Norfolk State of the MEAC on Sept. 12 in their home debut and Georgia State on Sept. 26 in another Thursday game. The 49ers, who went 7-6 and earned their first bowl berth in 2019, take on six teams that participated in postseason games last year – half of their 12-game schedule.
“The challenges are very evident, right from the opener at an SEC opponent and going into the conference season,” said second-year Charlotte head coach Will Healy in a statement. “We know we’ve got our work cut out for us. We know we’ve got to establish a process now, in the winter months, that prepares us for what we will face this fall.”
Half of the 49ers’ six home games are against bowl teams. Charlotte opens the season with four non-conference opponents. The six bowl participants are non-conference foes Tennessee and Georgia State Conference-USA rivals Florida Atlantic, FIU, Marshall and Western Kentucky.
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Some dates could change to accommodate national television schedules. For 2020 season ticket information, go to charlotte49ers.com/tickets or call the 49ers ticket office at (704) 687-4949.
Charlotte, which went a school-best 5-3 in C-USA, finished fourth in the East Division. The 49ers return 13 starters in 2020, including six who earned all-Conference USA recognition. A pair of captains, Ben DeLuca and Tyriq Harris, who missed most of last year due to injury, also return.
“We’re extremely proud of all the firsts we established in year one, but there’s no lasting satisfaction in a seven-win season,” Healy said. “We absolutely have to continue growing and building. And I can promise you that a schedule like this will quickly ground us and get us focused on the work that needs to be done.”
The 2020 schedule:
5–at Tennessee; 12–Norfolk State; 17–at Duke; 26–Georgia State
3 –at Florida Atlantic; 10–at North Texas; 17–Florida International; 24–UTEP
7–at Middle Tennessee; 14–Old Dominion;; 21–at Marshall; 28–Western Kentucky
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