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Owls to host rival FIU in earliest 'Shula Bowl' since 2016

FAU returns to 12-game regular season in 2021, including trip to Florida
Willie Taggart and FAU Owls prepare to take the field for the first time, Oct. 3, 2020
Posted at 8:41 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 08:41:41-05

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic will host rival Florida International on the first weekend in October this year.

Conference USA on Wednesday announced its 2021 football schedule, which includes a return to the 12-game regular season that was reduced last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Owls open their second season under head coach Willie Taggart on Sept. 4 at Florida, their first visit to Gainesville since a 20-14 overtime loss in 2015.

FAU will play six home games this season, including four against C-USA opponents.

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The Owls open their slate of games at FAU Stadium against Georgia Southern, looking to avenge last season's 20-3 loss. They'll host Fordham the next weekend and travel to Air Force on the final Saturday in September before returning home for their conference opener against FIU.

2021 FAU Football Schedule

Sept. 4at Florida
Sept. 11 Georgia Southern
Sept. 18 Fordham
Sept. 25 at Air Force
Oct. 2FIU
Oct. 9at UAB
Oct. 16bye
Oct. 23at Charlotte
Oct. 30UTEP
Nov. 6Marshall
Nov. 13at Old Dominion
Nov. 20at Western Kentucky
Nov. 27Middle Tennessee

FAU has won four in a row against the Panthers in the annual "Shula Bowl" rivalry, including a 38-19 victory last year. The Oct. 2 meeting will be the earliest the rivalry has been played since 2016.

After trips to UAB and Charlotte, the Owls will be back at home Oct. 30 to face UTEP. They'll host Marshall on Nov. 6 before back-to-back road games at Old Dominion and Western Kentucky.

The Owls will conclude the regular season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at home against Middle Tennessee.

Kickoff times will be announced at a later date.