The Charlotte football team's 2022 season schedule was released on March 30. Head Coach Will Healy's fourth season will include eight Conference USA (C-USA) opponents and four non-conference teams in September.
The 49ers' schedule kicks off with a road matchup with Florida Atlantic. This year, FAU is one of Charlotte's three opponents that had a losing record last season, finishing 5-7.
The Owls and the 49ers have faced off seven times from 2015-to 2021. Charlotte has won two of these seven games, with their last win coming back in 2018.
These two teams last played on Oct. 21 last season. Charlotte hosted FAU at Jerry Richardson Stadium, with the Owls taking down the 49ers 38-9.
Following their opening game, Charlotte will face four non-conference teams in September William & Mary, Maryland, Georgia State and South Carolina. Every team except William & Mary won a bowl game in 2021.
Georgia State has played Charlotte three times, with Charlotte winning just one back in 2015. These two faced off in Charlotte's third game of the season last year, with the Panthers coming out on top 20-9 to hand the 49ers their first loss of the 2021 season.
Charlotte will host both William & Mary and Maryland. The 49ers then hit the road for Atlanta to face Georgia State before heading up to Columbia to play South Carolina.
Charlotte will begin C-USA play with a matchup against the UTEP Miners in Charlotte. The Miners are one of seven bowls teams the 49ers will face. These two have faced off twice, with Charlotte winning both games. Following the conference opener, the 49ers will take their mid-season bye on Oct. 8.
After their bye week, Charlotte will face six more C-USA opponents to end the regular season. Four of these games will be at home, and three of these opponents, Florida International, Rice and Louisiana Tech, had losing records. UAB, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are the other three C-USA teams, and they all advanced to bowl games last season.
If Charlotte wants to win a C-USA championship, the road runs through UAB. The Blazers had a 9-4 record in 2021, their second-best in program history, and they capped it off with a 31-28 victory over No.13 BYU in the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl. These two will face off in Birmingham, AL, on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Western Kentucky won the C-USA East Division in 2021 with a 9-5 overall record and went 7-1 in C-USA play. En route to their stellar conference season, the Hilltoppers took down the 49ers 45-13 on Oct. 30. The Hilltoppers lost in the 2021 Ryan C-USA Championship Game to the UTSA roadrunners 49-41 but took down App State 59-38 in the 2021 Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl.
Louisiana Tech marks the end of Charlotte's regular-season slate. The Bulldogs had an uncharacteristic season in 2021 with a 3-9 record. One of LA Tech's three 2021 wins came in a high-scoring 42-32 victory over Charlotte in their first-ever meeting.