(WTNH)–UConn confirmed on Monday that it will play non-conference football games against Boston College and UMass, beginning in 2016. The school sent out a press release detailing game dates and sites.
The Huskies will meet Boston College in 2016-17 and 2022-23 and against UMass in four straight years from 2018-21.
UConn will play at Boston College on November 19, 2016 and on November 19, 2022. The Eagles will play at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on November 18, 2017 and November 18, 2023.
“I am very excited that we reached an agreement for a football series with Boston College,” athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “Our two schools have a long and rich tradition of competition in all sports and I know that the fans of both teams will enjoy seeing that rivalry again in football.”
The games vs. UMass will take place at Pratt & Whitney Stadium on October 27, 2018 and September 3, 2020 and at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on October 26, 2019 and October 2, 2021.
“These games against BC and UMass are important to feature the high quality of football played in New England and also allow our supporters to make quick and enjoyable trips to see the Huskies play on the road,” said Manuel. “Most importantly, the games continue our pattern of playing high-quality non-conference games to complement our American Athletic Conference schedule.”
“I know that all of UConn Nation will be excited about these two series against Boston College and UMass,” said UConn head coach Bob Diaco. “Games against regional teams are something that I have always been involved with and are a great part of college football.”
UConn was originally scheduled to play at UMass next year in 2016 and at home in 2017. Those games were altered to make these eight games possible.
The Huskies and Boston College, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, have played 12 previous times dating back to 1908 with meetings during UConn’s FBS history in 2000, 2002 and 2004 in Chestnut Hill and in East Hartford in 2003.
UConn and UMass have met 72 times – the third-highest in Husky history. The series dates back to 1897 – the second season of football at UConn – and the two teams were long-time rivals in the Yankee Conference and the Atlantic 10. The last meeting between UConn and UMass was a 37-0 Husky victory to open the 2012 season. UMass begins play as an FBS Independent next season.
UConn‘s 2016 non-conference schedule features three teams from the ACC – Virginia, Syracuse and the Eagles. The 2017 Husky non-conference schedule has two ACC teams (Syracuse, Boston College) and another from the Southeastern Conference (Missouri).
The following is a summary of all future non-conference UConn football games under contract.
2016: September 3, Maine; September 17, Virginia; September 24, Syracuse; November 19, at Boston College.
2017: September 9, Holy Cross; September 16, at Virginia; September 23, Missouri; November 18, Boston College.
2018: August 30, Rhode Island; September 8, at Boise State; September 29 at Syracuse; October 27, UMass.
2019: August 29, Wagner; September 7, Illinois; September 21, at Indiana; October 26, at UMass (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Mass.).
2020: September 3, UMass; September 12, at Illinois; September 26, Indiana.
2021: October 2, at UMass (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough Mass.).
2022: November 19, at Boston College.
2023: November 18, Boston College.
UConn and Tennessee have a two-game home-and-home series under contract with dates to be determined.