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Conference Notes: C-USA

2021 SEASON OPENERS

UTEP kicked off the 2021 season last week with a win to open Conference USA’s 27th season. All 14 C-USA programs will be in action this week in a busy four-day stretch for the conference. Defending C-USA champion UAB opens Week 1 in the national spotlight on ESPN on Wednesday, Sept. 1, when they take on Jacksonville State in the Cramton Bowl in Mobile, AL. FIU and WKU host Thursday night games against Long Island and UT Martin, respectively, while Charlotte hosts Duke, and ODU is in action for the first time since 2019, when the Monarchs travel to Wake Forest, both on Friday night. The other nine member institutions are in action throughout the first full Saturday of the college football season.

 

2021 SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN
Here’s a look at C-USA’s non-league FBS opponents by conference during the 2021 season:

ACC: Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest American: East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU (2), Tulane

Big 12: Texas, Texas Tech

Big Ten: Illinois (2), Indiana, Michigan State

MAC: Buffalo, Central Michigan

Mountain West: Air Force, Boise State, New Mexico, UNLV

SEC: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri

Sun Belt: Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, South Alabama, Texas State, Troy

Independent: Army, UConn, Liberty (4), New Mexico State

 

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UAB’S HOME COOKING
UAB enters its first season at its brand new home, Protective Stadium having won 21 of its past 22 games at home. UAB now owns the C-USA record for most consecutive home wins at 21, after going 3-1 at home last season. That 21-game win streak spanned Sept. 2, 2017 to Oct. 17, 2021. The Blazers had the streak snapped in a tight, 24-20 loss to Louisiana in the final game at Legion Field on Oct. 23, 2021. UAB is set to open its brand new stadium on Oct. 2, 2021, when it hosts the Liberty Flames in a key non-conference  atchup. Protective Stadium has a seating capacity of 45,000. UAB opens the 2021 season on Wednesday night against Jacksonville State on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. CT in Montgomery at the Cramton Bowl.

UTEP #PICKSUP FIRST WIN OF ‘21
UTEP opened the 2021 season with a 30-3 win over New Mexico State in Las Cruces, heading home as winners of the Battle on I-10. WR Jacob Cowing hauled in five catches for a careerhigh 158 yards, while the Miners ran for 203 yards on the ground and a pair of scores. The Miners defense turned in a dominant performance, holding the Aggies to 190 yards of total offense and just the three points.

COMPOSITE SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Long Island at FIU (ESPN3) 6 pm
UT Martin at WKU (ESPN+) 7 pm

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Duke at Charlotte (CBSSN) 6 pm
Old Dominion at Wake Forest (ACC Network) 6 pm

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Rice at Arkansas (SEC Network +) 1 pm
Marshall at Navy (CBSSN) 2:30 pm
LA Tech at Mississippi State (ESPNU) 3 pm
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee (ESPN3) 6 pm
Florida Atlantic at Florida (SEC Network) 6:30 pm
Northwestern State at North Texas (ESPN3) 6:30 pm
UTSA at Illinois (Big Ten Network) 6:30 pm
Southern Miss at South Alabama (ESPN3) 7 pm
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP (ESPN3) 8 pm

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