In just its fourth year of existence, and second at the FBS level, the Charlotte 49ers will open the 2016 season in prime time against a ranked opponent.
Charlotte takes on No. 19 Louisville on the road Thursday at 7 p.m.
Charlotte finished 2-10 in its first season at the FBS level, but defeated bowl-bound Georgia Southern.
The 49ers have 15 starters returning.
"It's amazing to me how fast we've gone," said coach Brad Lambert. "We're going on the road on a Thursday night. We've come a long way in a big hurry. It's a huge challenge for us."
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