2015 Conference USA Schedule Breakdown

     EAST Charlotte Sept. 3 at Georgia State Sept. 12 Presbyterian Sept. 19 at Middle Tennessee Sept. 26 Florida Atlantic Oct. 3 Temple Oct. 10 OPEN DATE

    July 4, 2015

     
    EAST

    Charlotte
    Sept. 3 at Georgia State
    Sept. 12 Presbyterian
    Sept. 19 at Middle Tennessee
    Sept. 26 Florida Atlantic
    Oct. 3 Temple
    Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 17 at Old Dominion
    Oct. 24 Southern Miss
    Oct. 31 Marshall
    Nov. 7 at FIU
    Nov. 14 UTSA
    Nov. 21 at Kentucky
    Nov. 28 at Rice

    Non-Conference Games at Georgia State, at Kentucky, Presbyterian, Temple

    Games vs. the West at Rice, Southern Miss, UTSA
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – The 49ers kick off their inaugural season as an FBS member with a trip to the Georgia Dome to face Georgia State in a game tentatively slated for Sept. 3.
    – Charlotte’s first-ever Conference USA game takes place on Sept. 19, with a visit to Murfreesboro to play Middle Tennessee.
    – The highlight of the non-conference schedule is a Nov. 21 trek into SEC country to take a crack at upsetting Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.
    – The 49ers will rack up the frequent flyer miles in November, remaining home just once, while playing road games in Florida, Kentucky and Texas.
    – The closest thing to a sure-thing will be the Sept. 12 visit from Presbyterian, an FCS school that’s served as an FBS speed bag in recent years.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Old Dominion. In a game destined to evolve into an East Division rivalry, the Monarchs are a year ahead of the 49ers in the race to become FBS-ready.

    Florida Atlantic
    Sept. 5 at Tulsa
    Sept. 12 Miami
    Sept. 19 Buffalo
    Sept. 26 at Charlotte
    Oct. 3 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 10 Rice
    Oct. 17 Marshall
    Oct. 24 at UTEP
    Oct. 31 FIU
    Nov. 7 at WKU
    Nov. 14 Middle Tennessee
    Nov. 21 at Florida
    Nov. 28 at Old Dominion

    Non-Conference Games Buffalo, at Florida, Miami, at Tulsa

    Games vs. the West Rice, at UTEP

    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – For the first time in Florida Atlantic’s FBS history, the team will be playing six home games in a season.
    – The Owls are facing eight teams that were bowl eligible in 2014, and no FCS opponents appear on the upcoming slate of games.
    – The non-conference schedule is highlighted by a Nov. 21 trip to Gainesville to play Florida and a Week 2 visit from Miami, a rare opportunity to host a Power Five program.
    – After travelling to Charlotte on Sept. 26, the Owls will be home for a month, with a bye week preceding back-to-back visits from Rice and Marshall.
    – Florida Atlantic hosts the annual rivalry game with Florida International on Halloween, looking to avenge last year’s 38-10 defeat.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane will open the season at home and eager to kick off the start of the Philip Montgomery era with a victory.

    FIU
    Sept. 5 at UCF
    Sept. 12 at Indiana
    Sept. 19 NC Central
    Sept. 26 at Louisiana Tech
    Oct. 3 at UMass
    Oct. 10 UTEP
    Oct. 17 at Middle Tennessee
    Oct. 24 Old Dominion
    Oct. 31 at Florida Atlantic
    Nov. 7 Charlotte
    Nov. 14 at Marshall
    Nov. 21 WKU
    Nov. 28 OPEN DATE

    Non-Conference Games at Indiana, at Massachusetts, NC Central, at UCF

    Games vs. the West at Louisiana Tech, UTEP
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – The Panthers play only five home games, including just one through the first week of October.
    – FIU is playing just one FCS opponent, N.C. Central, in a game sandwiched between road trips to UCF, Indiana, Louisiana Tech and UMass.
    – One of the Panthers’ seven road trips will be to Boca Raton to face a rival, Florida Atlantic, hell bent on payback for last season’s blowout loss.
    – The lone bye week on the schedule comes at the worst possible time, Nov. 28, a week after the final regular season game has been played.
    – Both of this year’s West Division opponents, Louisiana Tech and UTEP, participated in bowl games last season.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … UMass. The Minutemen made strides in Mark Whipple’s return to Amherst, and receiver Tajae Sharpe is back for another year in what should be a high-end offense.

    Marshall
    Sept. 5 Purdue
    Sept. 12 at Ohio
    Sept. 19 Norfolk State
    Sept. 26 at Kent State
    Oct. 3 Old Dominion
    Oct. 10 Southern Miss
    Oct. 17 at Florida Atlantic
    Oct. 24 North Texas
    Oct. 31 at Charlotte
    Nov. 7 at Middle Tennessee
    Nov. 14 FIU
    Nov. 21 OPEN DATE
    Nov. 28 at WKU

    Non-Conference Games at Kent State, Norfolk State, at Ohio, Purdue

    Games vs. the West North Texas, Southern Miss

    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – The Herd will host a Big Ten opponent, Purdue, for the first time ever in the type of marquee matchup that the 2014 squad would liked to have played.
    – For the first time since 2009, Marshall will play a game on Nov. 14, the anniversary of the Southern Airways 932 plane crash that took the lives of all 75 aboard.
    – Conference USA fans must wait until Nov. 28 to see the rematch with Western Kentucky, which ended the Herd’s perfect season on the exact same date last year.
    – The Herd catches an in-conference scheduling break by drawing undermanned Southern Miss and North Texas from the West Division.
    – The season’s first two road trips will be to the state of Ohio to meet familiar MAC programs, Ohio and Kent State.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Florida International. The Golden Panthers were vastly underrated on D last year, and many key players return from both sides of the ball.

    Middle Tennessee
    Sept. 5 Jackson State
    Sept. 12 at Alabama
    Sept. 19 Charlotte
    Sept. 26 at Illinois
    Oct. 3 Vanderbilt
    Oct. 10 at WKU
    Oct. 17 FIU
    Oct. 24 at Louisiana Tech
    Oct. 31 OPEN DATE
    Nov. 7 Marshall
    Nov. 14 at Florida Atlantic
    Nov. 21 North Texas
    Nov. 28 at UTSA

    Non-Conference Games at Alabama, at Illinois, Jackson State, Vanderbilt

    Games vs. the West at Louisiana Tech, North Texas, at UTSA
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – The Blue Raiders will alternate a home game with a road trip every week of the year, beginning with a visit from Jackson State on the season’s opening weekend.
    – Middle Tennessee’s two road games in September will be to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama and Champaign to meet with Illinois.
    – One of the league’s thornier schedules of 2015 also features both of last year’s Conference USA Championship Game participants, Louisiana Tech and Marshall, in back-to-back games.
    – For the second year in a row, Middle Tennessee will not get a bye week until after its eighth game, the Oct. 24 trip to Louisiana Tech.
    – The Blue Raiders’ two meetings with West Division opponents take place on the final two weekends against teams that finished below .500 in 2014, North Texas and UTSA.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Vanderbilt. Sure, it’s in Murfreesboro, and the ‘Dores were dreadful last year, but Derek Mason has shaken up his staff, intent to turn things around in 2015.

    Old Dominion
    Sept. 5 at Eastern Michigan
    Sept. 12 Norfolk State
    Sept. 19 NC State
    Sept. 26 Appalachian State
    Oct. 3 at Marshall
    Oct. 10 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 17 Charlotte
    Oct. 24 at FIU
    Oct. 31 WKU
    Nov. 7 at UTSA
    Nov. 14 UTEP
    Nov. 21 at Southern Miss
    Nov. 28 Florida Atlantic

    Non-Conference Games Appalachian State, at Eastern Michigan, Norfolk State, NC State

    Games vs. the West at Southern Miss, UTEP, at UTSA
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – For the second year in a row, the Monarchs open their Conference USA schedule at the defending league champ, Oct. 3 in Huntington versus Marshall.
    – The schedule is built for a fast start, opening at Eastern Michigan before playing three consecutive home games against Norfolk State, NC State and Appalachian State.
    – A well-placed off week on Oct. 10 intersects the schedule, providing the Monarchs with a breather before resuming the second half of the slate.
    – After nearly upsetting NC State last September, Old Dominion gets another crack at the Pack, who’ll become the first Power Five school to ever visit S.B. Ballard Stadium.
    – An Oct. 17 visit from Charlotte, the newest member of Conference USA, could be the start of a compelling rivalry of Mid-Atlantic schools.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Appalachian State. The Mountaineers, which finished last season on a six-game winning streak, are bullish on 2015 with the returns of young QB Taylor Lamb and RB Marcus Cox.

    WKU
    Sept. 5 at Vanderbilt
    Sept. 12 Louisiana Tech
    Sept. 19 at Indiana
    Sept. 26 Miami Univ.
    Oct. 3 at Rice
    Oct. 10 Middle Tennessee
    Oct. 17 at North Texas
    Oct. 24 at LSU
    Oct. 31 at Old Dominion
    Nov. 7 Florida Atlantic
    Nov. 14 OPEN DATE
    Nov. 21 at FIU
    Nov. 28 Marshall

    Non-Conference Games at Indiana, at LSU, Miami Univ., at Vanderbilt

    Games vs. the West Louisiana Tech, at North Texas, at Rice
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – Western Kentucky plays seven games away from home, but its two most important league contests with Louisiana Tech and Marshall will take place On the Hill.
    – The Hilltoppers’ hopes of being crowned the king of the Group of Five are aided by three road games at Power Five opponents, Vandy on opening day, Indiana and LSU.
    – Leading up to the crucial season-ending visit from Marshall, Western Kentucky will be off on Nov. 14 and traveling to FIU on Nov. 21.
    – Western Kentucky could be a little weary once October comes to a close, having wrapped the month with three straight road contests at North Texas, LSU and Old Dominion.
    – Every game this season will be played on Saturday, which could impinge upon the program’s ability to showcase QB Brandon Doughty and one of the most prolific offenses in the FBS.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Florida International. Not only are the Panthers a feisty and improving bunch, but they’re also hosting in Miami the week before Western Kentucky’s must-see sequel with Marshall.

    WEST

    Louisiana Tech
    Sept. 5 Southern
    Sept. 12 at WKU
    Sept. 19 at Kansas State
    Sept. 26 FIU
    Oct. 3 Louisiana
    Oct. 10 at UTSA
    Oct. 17 at Miss State
    Oct. 24 Middle Tennessee
    Oct. 31 at Rice
    Nov. 7 North Texas
    Nov. 14 OPEN DATE
    Nov. 21 at UTEP
    Nov. 28 Southern Miss

    Non-Conference Games at Kansas State, Louisiana, at Mississippi State, Southern

    Games vs. the East FIU, Middle Tennessee, at WKU
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – The Bulldogs will get two high-profile non-conference tests versus Kansas State and Mississippi State, the latter against former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
    – The defending West Division champs drew two of the tougher East Division opponents in 2015 with a Sept. 12 trip to Western Kentucky and a Sept. 26 visit from Middle Tennessee.
    – There will be no rematch of last year’s Conference USA Championship Game with Marshall … unless, of course, both schools capture their respective divisions for a second straight year.
    – Louisiana Tech better use the opener with Southern as a tune-up, because trips to Western Kentucky and Kansas State loom in the Week 2 and Week 3 on-deck circle, respectively.
    – The Bulldogs will play 10 games in a row before finally earning an off week on Nov. 14.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … UTSA. Larry Coker’s Roadrunners are always well-coached, especially on D, and the home team has won each meeting between these two programs.

    North Texas
    Sept. 5 OPEN DATE
    Sept. 12 at SMU
    Sept. 19 Rice
    Sept. 26 at Iowa
    Oct. 3 at Southern Miss
    Oct. 10 Portland State
    Oct. 17 WKU
    Oct. 24 at Marshall
    Oct. 31 UTSA
    Nov. 7 at Louisiana Tech
    Nov. 14 at Tennessee
    Nov. 21 at Middle Tennessee
    Nov. 28 UTEP

    Non-Conference Games at Iowa, Portland State, at SMU, at Tennessee

    Games vs. the East at Middle Tennessee, at Marshall
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – North Texas is one of the few teams that won’t kick off the new campaign on Sept. 5, and will not enjoy a bye week during the regular season.
    – The schedule features just five games in Denton, as well as a wicked three-game November road swing to Louisiana Tech, Tennessee and Middle Tennessee.
    – Along with the trip to Knoxville on Nov. 14, the Mean Green will also trek to Iowa City on Sept. 26 to play Iowa of the Big Ten.
    – All three of this year’s East Division opponents, Marshall, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee, figure to be in contention to win their half of the conference.
    – Before having to play the Hilltoppers and the Herd in consecutive games, North Texas will host FCS Portland State in a much-needed home game on Oct. 10.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … SMU. The matchup takes place in Dallas, the Mustangs will have a game under their belt and new coach Chad Morris is using this offseason to turn things around on the Hilltop.

    Rice
    Sept. 5 Wagner
    Sept. 12 at Texas
    Sept. 19 at North Texas
    Sept. 26 at Baylor
    Oct. 3 WKU
    Oct. 10 at Florida Atlantic
    Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 24 Army
    Oct. 31 Louisiana Tech
    Nov. 7 at UTEP
    Nov. 14 Southern Miss
    Nov. 21 at UTSA
    Nov. 28 Charlotte

    Non-Conference Games Army, at Baylor, at Texas, Wagner

    Games vs. the East Charlotte, at Florida Atlantic, WKU

    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – Rice will leave the Lone Star State just once all year, travelling to Boca Raton to play Florida Atlantic on Oct. 10.
    – The Owls should be able to close the regular season strong, since their final three games are with opponents that were under .500 a year ago, Southern Miss, UTSA and Charlotte.
    – For the first time since 2010, the Owls will play six home game, beginning with an opening day visit from FCS Wagner.
    – Following the opener, Rice won’t return home for a month, enduring a wicked three-game stretch that includes trips to Texas, North Texas and Baylor.
    – The two toughest conference games on the schedule, West rival Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky, will be staged in Houston at Rice Stadium.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … UTEP. The Miners turned the corner in 2014, a trend that is expected to continue around the big-play ability of RB Aaron Jones.

    Southern Miss
    Sept. 5 Miss State
    Sept. 12 Austin Peay
    Sept. 19 at Texas State
    Sept. 26 at Nebraska
    Oct. 3 North Texas
    Oct. 10 at Marshall
    Oct. 17 UTSA
    Oct. 24 at Charlotte
    Oct. 31 UTEP
    Nov. 7 OPEN DATE
    Nov. 14 at Rice
    Nov. 21 Old Dominion
    Nov. 28 at Louisiana Tech

    Non-Conference Games Austin Peay, Mississippi State, at Nebraska, at Texas State

    Games vs. the East at Charlotte, at Marshall, Old Dominion
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – Southern Miss gets two high-visibility chances to make a national splash, an opening day visit from Mississippi State and a trip to Lincoln to play Nebraska three weeks later.
    – In between the games with the Bulldogs and the Huskers, the Golden Eagles get a chance to spruce up their record with more manageable games with Austin Peay and Texas State.
    – The Golden Eagles will lock horns with Old Dominion and Charlotte, Conference USA’s two newest members, for the first time in school history.
    – The team could be gassed by Halloween, with its off week not arriving until a week later on Nov. 7.
    – The three most challenging conference games of the year, Marshall, Rice and Louisiana Tech, will all take place outside of Hattiesburg.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Texas State. The Bobcats are an up-and-comer out of the Sun Belt, buoyed by QB Tyler Jones, RB Robert Lowe and an offense that averaged 34 points per game in 2014.

    UTEP
    Sept. 5 at Arkansas
    Sept. 12 at Texas Tech
    Sept. 19 at New Mexico State
    Sept. 26 Incarnate Word
    Oct. 3 UTSA
    Oct. 10 at FIU
    Oct. 17 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 24 Florida Atlantic
    Oct. 31 at Southern Miss
    Nov. 7 Rice
    Nov. 14 at Old Dominion
    Nov. 21 Louisiana Tech
    Nov. 28 at North Texas

    Non-Conference Games at Arkansas, Incarnate Word, at New Mexico State, at Texas Tech

    Games vs. the East Florida Atlantic, at FIU, at Old Dominion
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – The Miners will be one of the last FBS teams to play a home game in 2015, kicking off the new year with consecutive road games versus Arkansas, Texas Tech and New Mexico State.
    – When UTEP finally returns back to El Paso, it ought to feast on Incarnate Word, the lone FCS opponent on the schedule.
    – Both of the program’s cross-over road games with the East Division will be long trips, to Miami and Norfolk, Va. to play Florida International and Old Dominion, respectively.
    – The Miners have won six in a row over rival New Mexico State in the Battle of I-10, but extending the streak to seven will require a victory in Las Cruces on Sept. 19.
    – Both of the team’s key West Division showdowns with Rice and Louisiana Tech are in El Paso and sandwiched between conference road trips.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Old Dominion. Not only will this be one of UTEP’s longest trips of 2015, but it also comes the week after the Rice game and the week before Louisiana Tech heads to the Sun Bowl.

    UTSA
    Sept. 3 at Arizona
    Sept. 12 Kansas State
    Sept. 19 at Oklahoma State
    Sept. 26 Colorado State
    Oct. 3 at UTEP
    Oct. 10 Louisiana Tech
    Oct. 17 at Southern Miss
    Oct. 24 OPEN DATE
    Oct. 31 at North Texas
    Nov. 7 Old Dominion
    Nov. 14 at Charlotte
    Nov. 21 Rice
    Nov. 28 Middle Tennessee

    Non-Conference Games at Arizona, Colorado State, Kansas State, at Oklahoma State

    Games vs. the East at Charlotte, Old Dominion
    5 Keys to the Schedule
    – As is often the case, the Roadrunners will begin league play battle-tested, having faced Arizona, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Colorado State in September.
    – UTSA hosts Louisiana Tech on Oct. 10, and will not return to the Alamodome again until Nov. 7, when Old Dominion comes to town.
    – The schedule is built for a Roadrunner rally in November, with three of the final four games being staged in San Antonio.
    – Only three of this season’s opponents finished 2014 with a losing record, Southern Miss, North Texas and Charlotte.
    – The Roadrunners will begin the Conference USA portion of the schedule with an Oct. 3 venture to West Texas to meet UTEP in the Sun Bowl.
    – WATCH OUT FOR … Charlotte. By the time the Miners journey east to the Queen City, Brad Lambert’s 49ers should be a lot more comfortable in their maiden season in Conference USA.

    THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
    Charlotte at Georgia State
    UTSA at Arizona

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
    Florida Atlantic at Tulsa
    FIU at UCF
    Southern at Louisiana Tech
    Purdue at Marshall
    Jackson State at Middle Tennessee
    Old Dominion at Eastern Michigan
    Wagner at Rice
    Mississippi State at Southern Miss
    UTEP at Arkansas
    WKU at Vanderbilt

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
    Presbyterian at Charlotte
    Miami at Florida Atlantic
    FIU at Indiana
    Louisiana Tech at WKU
    Marshall at Ohio
    Middle Tennessee at Alabama
    North Texas at SMU
    Norfolk State at Old Dominion
    Rice at Texas
    Austin Peay at Southern Miss
    UTEP at Texas Tech
    Kansas State at UTSA

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
    Charlotte at Middle Tennessee
    Buffalo at Florida Atlantic
    N.C. Central at FIU
    Louisiana Tech at Kansas State
    Norfolk State at Marshall
    Rice at North Texas
    NC State at Old Dominion
    Southern Miss at Texas State
    UTEP at New Mexico State
    UTSA at Oklahoma State
    WKU at Indiana

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
    Florida Atlantic at Charlotte
    FIU at Louisiana Tech
    Marshall at Kent State
    Middle Tennessee at Illinois
    North Texas at Iowa
    Appalachian State at Old Dominion
    Rice at Baylor
    Southern Miss at Nebraska
    Incarnate Word at UTEP
    Colorado State at UTSA
    Miami Univ. at WKU
    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
    Temple at Charlotte
    FIU at Massachusetts
    Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana Tech
    Old Dominion at Marshall
    Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee
    North Texas at Southern Miss
    WKU at Rice
    UTSA at UTEP

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
    Rice at Florida Atlantic
    UTEP at FIU
    Louisiana Tech at UTSA
    Southern Miss at Marshall
    Middle Tennessee at WKU
    Portland State at North Texas

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
    Charlotte at Old Dominion
    Marshall at Florida Atlantic
    FIU at Middle Tennessee
    Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State
    WKU at North Texas
    UTSA at Southern Miss

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24
    Southern Miss at Charlotte
    Florida Atlantic at UTEP
    Old Dominion at FIU
    Middle Tennessee at Louisiana Tech
    North Texas at Marshall
    Army at Rice
    WKU at LSU

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
    Marshall at Charlotte
    FIU at Florida Atlantic
    Louisiana Tech at Rice
    UTSA at North Texas
    WKU at Old Dominion
    UTEP at Southern Miss

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

    Charlotte at FIU
    Florida Atlantic at WKU
    North Texas at Louisiana Tech
    Marshall at Middle Tennessee
    Old Dominion at UTSA
    Rice at UTEP

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
    UTSA at Charlotte
    Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic
    FIU at Marshall
    North Texas at Tennessee
    UTEP at Old Dominion
    Southern Miss at Rice

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
    Charlotte at Kentucky
    Florida Atlantic at Florida
    WKU at FIU
    Louisiana Tech at UTEP
    North Texas at Middle Tennessee
    Old Dominion at Southern Miss
    Rice at UTSA

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
    Charlotte at Rice
    Florida Atlantic at Old Dominion
    Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech
    Marshall at WKU
    Middle Tennessee at UTSA
    UTEP at North Texas
    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
    C-USA Championship Game

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