INDIANAPOLIS – The 2021 Butler football team will play a full 11-game schedule this fall featuring three non-conference opponents before opening up the PFL schedule at St. Thomas on Sept. 25. The 2021 season opener will fall on Saturday, Sept. 4 when the Bulldogs travel to Normal, Ill. to play the Illinois State Redbirds.
A night game will signal the start of the 2021 campaign with Illinois State hosting Butler at 7:30 PM EST. Bulldog fans will enjoy a late kick-off in the home opener as well with BU hosting DePauw on Sept. 11. The 6 PM start at the Bud and Jackie Sellick Bowl will come against head coach Jeff Voris‘ alma mater.
The final non-conference opponent to appear on the schedule is another in-state opponent in Taylor. Butler only has one home game in the mix over the first four weeks of the season. They will play at Taylor on Sept. 18 and then open the conference season playing at St. Thomas on Sept. 25. The Tommies are new to the Pioneer Football League in 2021. Their inaugural season as a Division I program gets started on Sept. 4 at O’Shaughnessy Stadium.
The 2021 PFL home opener will bring Drake to Indianapolis for the annual Battle of the Bulldogs game. BU will host Drake on Oct. 2 and remain on campus the following weekend to play San Diego on Oct. 9.
Three of the final five games of the season will be played on the road for Butler. The ‘Dawgs will play at Morehead State on Oct. 16 before hosting pre-season favorite Davidson on Oct. 23. The month of October will close with Butler playing at Dayton the day before Halloween.
Senior Day will land on Nov. 13 this year with Butler playing Valparaiso for the Hoosier Helmet at 12 PM. The regular season will come to a close on Nov. 20 with another noon start. Butler will head to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to play Marist in the finale.
The upcoming 2021 season marks the 29th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Championship.
2021 Butler Football Schedule
Sept. 4 at Illinois State – 7:30 PM
Sept. 11 vs. DePauw – 6 PM
Sept. 18 at Taylor – 7 PM
Sept. 25 at St. Thomas* – 1 PM
Oct. 2 vs. Drake* – 12 PM
Oct. 9 vs. San Diego* – 12 PM
Oct. 16 at Morehead State* – 3 PM
Oct. 23 vs. Davidson* – 1 PM
Oct. 30 at Dayton* – 1 PM
Nov. 13 vs. Valparaiso* – 12 PM
Nov. 20 at Marist* – 12 PM
All times are Eastern and subject to change