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Charlotte, N.C. – The Johnson C. Smith football team will host four home games, one against the defending CIAA Champions, and will play an away game against an NCAA Division I FCS opponent, as the university announces its 2016 football schedule.jcsu bull

The Golden Bulls, coming off a 4-6 season in 2015 under first year head coach Kermit Blount, will open with three straight road games in 2016, travelling to local rival Wingate on Sept. 3. 

Following a nonconference game at Bowie State on Sept. 10, the Golden Bulls will travel to Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. to take on Division I FCS member Wofford College. The Terriers finished the 2015 season at 5-6 overall and 3-4 in Southern Conference play.

Following the tilt with the Terriers, JCSU will open their home schedule by hosting CIAA Northern Division foe Elizabeth City State on Sept. 24.  After an Oct. 1 game at Chowan, the defending CIAA champion Winston-Salem State Rams will pay a visit to JCSU on Oct. 8.  After tangling with the Rams, two consecutive road games at Fayetteville State (Oct. 15) and at Shaw (Oct. 22) await the Golden Bulls.

The season will close with two consecutive home games, as St. Augustine’s visits for the annual Homecoming game on Oct. 29.  The regular season will come to a close on Nov. 5 when archrival Livingstone travels to the Irwin Belk Complex for the Eighth Annual Commemorative Classic.

The winners of the CIAA Northern and Southern Divisions will then meet on Nov. 12 in the CIAA Championship game with a time and location to be determined by the league office.

2016 JCSU Football Schedule

Date Opponent Time Series Last Meeting
Sept. 3 at Wingate 1:30 p.m. Wingate leads 3-0 2015, Wingate, 14-0
Sept. 10 at Bowie St. 4:00 p.m. Tied 11-11 2015, BSU, 34-21
Sept. 17 at Wofford TBD Wofford leads 1-0 2004, Wofford,  56-0
Sept. 24 Elizabeth City St.* TBD JCSU leads 10-7 2010, ECSU, 45-27
Oct. 1 at Chowan* 6:00 p.m. Tied 1-1 2009, Chowan, 33-22
Oct. 8 Winston-Salem St.* TBD WSSU leads 42-23-1 2015, WSSU, 37-22
Oct. 15 at Fayetteville St.* 1:00 p.m. JCSU leads 35-24-3 2015, JCSU, 37-20
Oct. 22 at Shaw* 1:00 p.m. Shaw leads 21-13-2 2015, JCSU, 17-10
Oct. 29 St. Augustine’s* (Homecoming) 1:00 p.m. JCSU leads 18-16-1 2015, JCSU, 22-3
Nov. 5 Livingstone* (Commemorative Classic) TBD JCSU leads 41-22-2 2015, Livingstone, 35-12

Home games in bold
* denotes CIAA games


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