UConn, Syracuse to renew football rivalry; Orange fans upset

The Huskies and Orange will renew their football rivalry in 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

(WTNH)–UConn and Syracuse will soon be meeting again on the football field. The former Big East rivals, who haven’t met since 2012, have confirmed they are finalizing a two-game series.

Syracuse will travel down to Rentschler Field to take on the Huskies in 2016, while UConn will head to the Carrier Dome in 2018.

The Huskies and Orange last met in 2012, and Syracuse pounded UConn, 40-10. UConn beat the Orange 28-21 in East Hartford the year before.

UConn leads the all-time series with Syracuse, 6-3. The Huskies beat the Orange five straight times as Big East opponents between 2007 and 2011.

But those were the glory days under Randy Edsall, and now UConn, which is 15-33 since its Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2011, is thought of as a patsy.

Some Syracuse fans aren’t thrilled with the rivalry being renewed, and neither is SB Nation writer John Cassillo, who wrote:

“THIS DOESN’T DO ANYTHING FOR US OTHER THAN FILLING THE SPACE ON THE SCHEDULE.”

Yes, that was in all caps.

He also wrote, “UConn presents a no-win situation for the Orange–lose and you’re a disappointment. So again, WHY ARE WE SCHEDULING UCONN?!”

Have at it, Huskies fans.

For UConn, adding Syracuse represents a nice throwback to better days when SMU and Tulsa weren’t locked in as conference opponents. It’ll be nice to escape the real world that Saturday and pretend that the Big East still plays football.

And as long as the two schools are playing on the gridiron, how about getting that basketball series going? You know ‘Cuse fans wouldn’t complain about that.

Per the Hartford Courant, here is a list of other nonconference games UConn has under contract:

2016: Sept. 3, Maine; Sept. 10, at UMass (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Mass.); Sept. 17, Virginia

2017: Sept. 2, UMass; Sept. 9, Holy Cross; Sept. 16, at Virginia; Sept. 23, Missouri

2018: Sept. 8, at Boise State

2019: Sept. 7, Illinois; Sept. 21, at Indiana

2020: Sept. 12, at Illinois; Sept. 26, Indiana

*UConn and Tennessee are also set to play a two-game series, with dates yet to be determined.

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