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CSU announces 2018 football schedule

Courtesy: CSU Athletics Courtesy: CSU Athletics
CHARLESTON, SC -

Charleston Southern will open the season at the University of Florida and will host contests against Elon and Virginia University of Lynchburg as the Buccaneers announced the full 2018 football schedule on Wednesday morning.

The Bucs will host five games at Buccaneer Field including the two games posted above, as well as conference matchups against Presbyterian (Homecoming), Kennesaw State, and Gardner-Webb.

"We are looking forward to playing against a wide variety of conferences this fall – SEC, Southern, Colonial, MEAC, and our very own Big South Conference," Athletic Director Hank Small said. "This gives us an opportunity to measure up against a number of programs with FCS playoff experience and will give us a very challenging schedule. We're also looking forward to welcoming Campbell into the Big South in football this year and play Hampton who will join the conference in football in 2019."

The Buccaneers enter their second season under the helm of Head Coach Mark Tucker. CSU is looking to bounce back after a tough season in 2018 but looks to build off momentum from last-second wins over Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb, and Liberty.

"The schedule is challenging as always and for the second year in a row we begin play in the SEC," Tucker said. "The remaining non-conference schedule will also have its challenges as we take on Elon, Savannah State, Hampton (who will be entering the Big South in 2019), and we renew our series with The Citadel."

"Our conference schedule will be a little less familiar to us this time around," Tucker continued. "Liberty transitioned from the league, but we add a new member in Campbell. It is another good schedule for the Bucs this season."

CSU opens the season traveling to Gainesville, Fla. and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with a matchup against the University of Florida on September 1. The contest will be CSU's seventh against a member of the Southeastern Conference and the second consecutive season the Bucs open the year against an SEC member. It will also be CSU's second matchup against the Gators all-time with the first coming in the season opener in 2009.

Following an open weekend over the second weekend of the season, CSU renews its rivalry with local rival The Citadel with a September 15 matchup at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The Bucs have won the last four matchups against the Bulldogs including the teams' last matchup in the FCS Playoffs Second Round in 2015.

CSU concludes its home-and-home series with Elon on September 22 in the Buccaneers' home opener. Following the home contest against the Phoenix, the Bucs return to the road for a pair of games against Hampton and Savannah State. CSU's contest against Hampton (Sept. 29) features a matchup against future Big South opponents with the Pirates joining the conference football slate in 2019. The contest at Savannah State (Oct. 6) is the Bucs' final non-conference home game of the season.

The Bucs return home for a non-conference tune-up against Virginia University of Lynchburg on October 13. It will be the first matchup between the two programs.

CSU opens conference play with a home matchup against Presbyterian College on October 20 at Buccaneer Field. Three of the last four games between the Bucs and the Blue Hose have been decided by one possession, with the outlier coming in their last matchup at Buccaneer Field. The Bucs topped the Blue Hose, 38-3, in 2016.

The Bucs continue the home schedule the following week with a date against reigning Big South champion and NCAA Quarterfinalist Kennesaw State. The Bucs have won two of the three matchups against the Owls, including clinching the 2016 Big South title at home against KSU, 28-14.

A road trip to Monmouth the following week continues the conference slate as the Bucs travel to West Long Branch, N.J. to take on the Hawks on November 3. CSU leads the series against Monmouth, 3-1, with two of the wins coming on the road in Kessler Stadium.

CSU returns home for Senior Day on November 10 as the Bucs host Gardner-Webb in the home season finale at Buccaneer Field. The Bucs have won three of their last four games against the Runnin' Bulldogs with junior placekicker Tyler Tekac connecting on the game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired in CSU's 10-9 win over GWU.

CSU closes out the 2018 regular season on the road against newcomer Campbell. The Fighting Camels enter conference play for the first time after lining up in the Pioneer League in each of the past 10 seasons. The Bucs are 2-0 all-time against the Camels with wins in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

A complete TV schedule and kickoff times for home games will be announced at a later date. Season tickets will also go on sale at a later date.

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