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Duke, Illinois highlight Charlotte 49ers 2021 football schedule
Six home games, 8 C-USA contests on tap
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2021
by Ashley Mahoney

The Charlotte 49ers' 2021 football season is scheduled to open Sept. 4 against Duke at Jerry Richardson Stadium in their first home game against an ACC opponent.

The 2021 Charlotte 49ers football schedule is here.

After the COVID-19 pandemic eliminated much of the 49ers 2020 season, Sept. 4 can’t come soon enough when they host Duke in their first home game against an ACC opponent among several firsts. Charlotte will also face Illinois in their first game against a Big Ten school, making 2021 the first season the 49ers play two Power 5 opponents. In Conference USA play, they also face Louisiana Tech for the first time.

Charlotte went 2-4 last season, with six of games postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, and only two contests at home. Their schedule includes six games at home and six on the road, with eight conference games. Charlotte will play C-USA West Division opponent Rice in addition to Louisiana Tech and face East Division foes in their six other conference games. They host league rivals Florida Atlantic, Marshall and Middle Tennessee and Rice, while heading to Florida International, Old Dominion, Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech.

Charlotte’s first two games will be at home on Sept. 4 and 11 against Duke and Gardner-Webb respectively. The 49ers’ first road game is at Georgia State on Sept. 18. All three were on Charlotte’s 2020 schedule, but Duke was the only game to take place, with the Blue Devils wining 53-19 in Durham in their first meeting. Charlotte will face Illinois for the first time on Oct. 2 at Illinois.

League play opens on Sept. 25 at home against Middle Tennessee. The 49ers play at FIU on Oct. 9, followed by a bye week. They host Florida Atlantic on Oct. 23 and finish the month with a game on the Oct. 30 at WKU.

November includes hosting Rice on Nov. 6 and a road game at Louisiana Tech on Nov. 13. The 49ers host Marshall on Nov. 20 to conclude their home regular season schedule. The regular season ends at Old Dominion on Nov. 27.

Game dates are subject to change based on televised appearances, and that schedule will be released later.

Current ticket holders will receive renewal information for the upcoming season.

2021 schedule:


Sat. 4 vs. Duke

Sat. 11 vs. Gardner-Webb

Sat. 18 at Georgia State

Sat. 25 vs. Middle Tennessee


Sat. 2 at Illinois

Sat. 9 at Florida International

Sat. 16 BYE

Sat. 23 vs. Florida Atlantic

Sat. 30 at Western Kentucky


Sat. 6 vs. Rice

Sat. 13 at Louisiana Tech

Sat. 20 vs. Marshall

Sat. 27 at Old Dominion

Home games in bold



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