Game by Game preview

The Charlotte football team runs out of the tunnel before a game.

In the 2021 season, Charlotte finished with a disappointing 5-7 record. The 49ers started the season strong, boasting a 4-2 record and a win over power five opponent Duke. The team would lose five of their last six, making them ineligible for a bowl game. 

Sixth-year quarterback Chris Reynolds will lead the 49ers. He racked up many accolades this offseason, being named to multiple award watch lists.

Running back Shadrick Byrd, who ran for 583 yards and three touchdowns in 2021, was named to the Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List. 

Junior wide receiver Grant DuBose returns to the team for the 2022 campaign. DuBose recorded 892 receiving yards and six touchdowns for the 49ers. He was named to the 2022 Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List, recognizing college football's most outstanding receiver.

Head Coach Will Healy enters his fourth year as head coach with Charlotte. Healy has a 14-17 record with the 49ers and will look to get his team back on track this season. 

Last October, the 49ers accepted an invitation to move to the American Athletic Conference in 2023, coming from Conference USA (C-USA).

The 49ers opened their season with a loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Boca Raton, FL.

Below is a breakdown of each game:

Sep. 2nd vs. William & Mary (7 p.m.)

The 49ers will travel back home for their first game at Jerry Richardson Stadium. Charlotte has not yet played the William & Mary Griffins. ESPN's matchup predictor has Charlotte at a whopping 91.7% to win the contest, while William & Mary is at 8.3%.

Sep. 10th vs. Maryland (3:30 p.m.)

The 49ers will continue their home stand in Charlotte for a clash with Big 10 opponent Maryland. This is one of two contests against power five opponents for the 49ers this season. 

Maryland will be led by junior quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Terrapins finished 7-6 in the 2021 season.

The contest will take place during Hall of Fame weekend. The game will also be a green out. 

Sep. 17th @ Georgia State (7 p.m.)

After their two-game home stand, Charlotte will travel to Atlanta to take on the Georgia State Panthers in Center Parc Credit Union Stadium. The 49ers came up short to Georgia State in the 2021 season, 20-9. The Panthers finished 8-5 a year ago. 

Sep. 24th @ South Carolina (TBA)

The 49ers continue their road trip heading to Columbia, S.C., to take on their second-power five opponent of the season, the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks are currently in the SEC and were 7-6 in the 2021 season. 

Second-year head coach Shane Beamer leads South Carolina. The Gamecocks also add former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman candidate Spencer Rattler to the squad. 

Oct. 1st vs. Texas at El Paso (6 p.m.)

The 49ers will return home for a matchup against UTEP in their second conference game of the season. The last two games against each other took place in 2019 and 2020. Charlotte won both. 

The Miners had an impressive 7-6 last season, nearly winning the PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl. The 2022 contest will highlight family weekend at Jerry Richardson Stadium. 

Oct. 15th @ Alabama at Birmingham (3:30 p.m.)

The 49ers will travel to Birmingham, Ala., to face the UAB Blazers. The Blazers are coming off a 9-4 season where they knocked off No. 13 BYU in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl. 

The last two matchups between the team saw a series split, as in 2017, the 49ers defeated the Blazers 25-24 during homecoming weekend. The previous matchup between the teams came in 2018, with Charlotte falling to UAB, 28-7.

Oct. 22nd vs. Florida International (3:30 p.m.)

The 49ers return to Jerry Richardson Stadium for homecoming weekend to face Florida International. Charlotte won the previous matchup between the teams 45-33. The Panthers are coming off a disappointing 1-11 season where their only win came against Long Island. 

Oct. 29th @ Rice (2 p.m.)

Charlotte will again hit the road to Houston to face the Rice Owls. Last year's matchup between the two teams ended dramatically. The 49ers overcame a ten-point deficit with six minutes in the game, taking it in overtime 31-24. 

Nov. 5th vs. Western Kentucky (12 p.m.)

Western Kentucky is another familiar foe for the 49ers. They have played each other every year since 2017. The Hilltoppers won nine games and made an appearance in the C-USA Championship game a season ago. 

The 49ers will play the Hilltoppers on Military Appreciation Day.

Nov. 12th @ Middle Tennessee (3:30 p.m.)

Charlotte will play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders for the last away game of the season. The previous two games against Middle Tennessee were in 2019 and 2021, with the 49ers winning both. The 49ers look to push their winning streak to three against the Blue Raiders. 

Nov. 19th vs. Louisiana Tech (3:30 p.m.)

Charlotte with host Louisiana Tech at home for the first time on Senior and Teacher Appreciation Day. The two teams have only met once, with the Bulldogs winning 42-32 in 2021.

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