Fall 2021 Football Opens in Lexington

Foster stadium

The defending Southern Conference champions open the fall football season at home versus Davidson Sept. 4. Check for ticket information.—Randall K. Wolf photo courtesy VMI Keydets.

Defending Southern Conference football champion VMI will open its 2021 fall schedule Sept. 4 against Davidson at Foster Stadium in Lexington. The 11-game schedule will feature three non-conference September games before an eight-game run in SoCon competition.

The Keydets and Wildcats, champions of the Pioneer League, both participated in the FCS 2021 spring season playoffs. Davidson is coached by Scott Abell, former Washington and Lee head coach. It will be the first meeting between the schools since 2014.

The Keydets will take on two first-time foes over the next two weeks, traveling to MAC member Kent State Sept. 11 and Ivy League member Cornell Sept. 18. VMI last faced a MAC team in 2018 (Toledo) and Ivy School opponent in 1939 (Columbia).

VMI will begin defending its 2021 spring SoCon football title in Lexington against Wofford Sept. 25. The following week, the Keydets will travel to Charleston, South Carolina, to take on conference military rival The Citadel Oct. 2 in The Military Classic of the South. The rest of the conference slate features home games against Chattanooga (Oct. 9), Samford (Oct. 30), and Western Carolina (Nov. 20). Road conference games will be at Mercer (Oct. 16), Eastern Tennessee (Nov. 6), and Furman (Nov. 13).

Tickets for home games will go on sale July 1, and information for purchasing season tickets will be published later in the spring on

2021 VMI Football Fall Schedule
(Home games in caps)
(* denotes Southern Conference games)

Sept. 4 DAVIDSON, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Kent State, TBA
Sept. 18 at Cornell, TBA
Sept. 25 WOFFORD*, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 at The Citadel*, TBA
Oct. 9 CHATTANOOGA*, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Mercer*, TBA
Oct. 30 SAMFORD*, 1:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 at ETSU*, TBA
Nov. 13 at Furman*, TBA
Nov. 20 WESTERN CAROLINA*, 1:30 p.m.

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