UConn Football has announced that the school has signed a home-and-home with the Missouri Tigers, who went 12-2 last year, winning the SEC-East, but losing in the conference championship game to Auburn. They ended the season by beating No. 13 Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.
The Tigers have only been in the SEC for two years, moving from the Big 12 in 2012. After a rough first year in the conference, they rebounded very nicely last year and appear quite strong so far this year, starting 3-0 after a comfortable win against our conference mates from UCF.
The Huskies will travel to Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri on September 19th, 2015 and the Tigers will visit Rentschler Field on September 23rd, 2017. Awesome.
I'm thrilled that UConn has proven they don't need to bend over backwards and farm out a home game to a major-metro stadium to attract a high-quality opponent. Though I wouldn't be against doing that for the right one, a straight home-and-home with an SEC team is exciting. Unlike Tennessee, this one is actually happening.
The addition of Missouri completes the 2015 and 2017 non-conference schedule, which are both shaping up to be quite solid. In 2015, UConn will face Villanova and Army before taking their show on the road to Missouri and BYU.
The 2017 non-conference schedule has UMass, Holy Cross and Missouri at home in addition to a road date with Virginia. I believe this is the first we are hearing of the 2017 UMass date, which will be September 2nd at Rentschler Field after a trip to Gillette in 2016.
2015: Villanova, Army, at Mizzou, at BYU
2016: Maine, at UMass, Virginia
2017: UMass, Holy Cross, at Virginia, Missouri
2018: at Boise State
2019: Illinois, at Indiana
2020: at Illinois, Indiana