American football schedule format set for seasons 2023 to 2026

The American Athletic Conference football schedule format has been set for the 2023-2026 seasons, the conference announcement Wednesday.

Starting in 2023, the American Athletic Conference will include 14 football player members after three schools – Cincinnati, Houston and UCF – left and six schools – Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA were added. .

Each U.S. team will play an eight-game conference schedule and play the other 13 conference members at least twice during the four-year cycle, once at home and once on the road.

Under the new format, six games will be played each year: North Texas-SMU, UAB-Memphis, Rice-UTSA, Charlotte-East Carolina, Florida Atlantic-USF and Navy-Temple.

Additionally, the 14 U.S. teams will compete in a split like the conference has done in recent years. The two teams with the highest winning percentage in conference games will advance to the American Football Championship game.

“This planning model fulfills all of the objectives we have identified as we look forward to competition between our 14 exceptional teams,” Aresco said. “Most importantly, it’s a fair model that has the unanimous support of our athletic directors. It allows all four-year-old student-athletes to play at all of our venues at least once in their career. It restores some long-standing geographic rivalries and provides a base for new rivalries to grow in. It also provides all of our teams with annual access to Texas State and other important recruiting areas.

Below is the full list of opponents for each U.S. team for the 2023-2026 seasons:

FUTURE AMERICAN OPPONENTS

CHARLOTTE 49ERS

2023
House: Rice, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Navy
A way: Tulsa, SMU, USF, East Carolina

2024
House: SMU, UAB, USF, East Carolina
A way: North Texas, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Temple

2025
House: Tulsa, UTSA, Tulane, Temple
A way: Rice, UAB, East Carolina, Navy

2026
House: North Texas, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina, Navy
A way: Tulsa, UTSA, Tulane, USF

EAST CAROLINA PIRATES

2023
House: Tulsa, EMS, Tulane, Charlotte
A way: UTSA, Rice, Florida Atlantic, Navy

2024
House: North Texas, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Temple
A way: EMS, UAB, USF, Charlotte

2025
House: UAB, USF, Charlotte, Navy
A way: Rice, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Temple

2026
House: SMU, UTSA, Rice, Tulane
A way: Tulsa, North Texas, Memphis, Charlotte

FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS

2023
House: Tulsa, UTSA, Tulane, East Carolina
A way: Rice, UAB, USF, Charlotte

2024
House: North Texas, Rice, USF, Charlotte
A way: Tulsa, SMU, East Carolina, Navy

2025
House: SMU, UAB, East Carolina, Temple
A way: North Texas, Tulane, Memphis, USF

2026
House: Tulsa, Memphis, USF, Navy
A way: UTSA, UAB, Charlotte, Temple

MEMPHIS TIGERS

2023
House: EMS, Tulane, USF, Navy
A way: North Texas, UAB, Charlotte, Temple

2024
House: Tulsa, UAB, Charlotte, Temple
A way: UTSA, Tulane, East Carolina, Navy

2025
House: North Texas, UTSA, Rice, Florida Atlantic
A way: Tulsa, SMU, UAB, USF

2026
House: SMU, Tulane, UAB, East Carolina
A way: UTSA, Rice, Florida Atlantic, Temple

Midshipmen

2023
House: North Texas, UAB, USF, East Carolina
A way: EMS, Memphis, Charlotte, Temple

2024
House: UTSA, Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Temple
A way: Tulsa, Rice, Tulane, USF

2025
House: EMS, Rice, Tulane, Charlotte
A way: UTSA, UAB, East Carolina, Temple

2026
House: Tulsa, UAB, USF, Temple
A way: North Texas, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte

NORTH TEXAS

2023
House: UTSA, Memphis, UAB, Temple
A way: Tulsa, EMS, Tulane, Navy

2024
House: EMS, Rice, USF, Charlotte
A way: UTSA, UAB, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina

2025
House: Tulsa, UTSA, Tulane, Florida Atlantic
A way: EMS, Memphis, USF, Temple

2026
House: SMU, USF, East Carolina, Navy
A way: Tulsa, Rice, Tulane, Charlotte

RICE OWLS

2023
House: SMU, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina
A way: Tulsa, UTSA, USF, Charlotte

2024
House: Tulsa, UTSA, USF, Navy
A way: North Texas, SMU, Tulane, Florida Atlantic

2025
House: UAB, Charlotte, East Carolina, Temple
A way: Tulsa, UTSA, Memphis, Navy

2026
House: North Texas, UTSA, Tulane, Memphis
A way: SMU, UAB, East Carolina, Temple

MUSTANG SMU

2023
House: Tulsa, North Texas, Charlotte, Navy
A way: Rice, Memphis, East Carolina, Temple

2024
House: Rice, UAB, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina
A way: North Texas, Tulane, USF, Charlotte

2025
House: North Texas, Tulane, Memphis, USF
A way: Tulsa, UTSA, Florida Atlantic, Navy

2026
House: Tulsa, UTSA, Rice, Temple
A way: North Texas, Memphis, UAB, East Carolina

TEMPLE OWLS

2023
House: EMS, UTSA, Memphis, Navy
A way: Tulsa, North Texas, UAB, USF

2024
House: Tulsa, Tulane, UAB, Charlotte
A way: UTSA, Memphis, East Carolina, Navy

2025
House: North Texas, USF, East Carolina, Navy
A way: Rice, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte

2026
House: UTSA, Rice, Memphis, Florida Atlantic
A way: EMS, UAB, USF, Navy

WAVE GREEN TULANE

2023
House: Tulsa, North Texas, UTSA, UAB
A way: Rice, Memphis, Atlantic Florida, East Carolina

2024
House: EMS, Rice, Memphis, Navy
A way: Tulsa, UTSA, UAB, Temple

2025
House: USF, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina, Temple
A way: North Texas, SMU, Charlotte, Navy

2026
House: Tulsa, North Texas, Charlotte, Navy
A way: Rice, Memphis, USF, East Carolina

TULSA’S GOLDEN HURRICANE

2023
House: North Texas, Rice, Charlotte, Temple
A way: SMU, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina

2024
House: UTSA, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Navy
A way: Rice, Memphis, UAB, Temple

2025
House: SMU, Rice, Memphis, UAB
A way: North Texas, UTSA, USF, Charlotte

2026
House: North Texas, USF, Charlotte, East Carolina
A way: EMS, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Navy

UAB JACKETS

2023
House: Memphis, USF, Florida Atlantic, Temple
A way: North Texas, UTSA, Tulane, Navy

2024
House: Tulsa, North Texas, Tulane, East Carolina
A way: EMS, Memphis, Charlotte, Temple

2025
House: UTSA, Memphis, Charlotte, Navy
A way: Tulsa, Rice, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina

2026
House: SMU, Rice, Florida Atlantic, Temple
A way: UTSA, Memphis, USF, Navy

USF BULLS

2023
House: Rice, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, Temple
A way: UTSA, Memphis, UAB, Navy

2024
House: SMU, UTSA, East Carolina, Navy
A way: North Texas, Rice, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte

2025
House: Tulsa, North Texas, Memphis, Florida Atlantic
A way: SMU, Tulane, East Carolina, Temple

2026
House: Tulane, UAB, Charlotte, Temple
A way: Tulsa, North Texas, Florida Atlantic, Navy

UTSA ROADRUNNERS

2023
House: Rice, UAB, USF, East Carolina
A way: North Texas, Tulane, Florida Atlantic, Temple

2024
House: North Texas, Tulane, Memphis, Temple
A way: Tulsa, Rice, USF, Navy

2025
House: Tulsa, SMU, Rice, Navy
A way: North Texas, Memphis, UAB, Charlotte

2026
House: Memphis, UAB, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte
A way: SMU, Rice, East Carolina, Temple

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