The American Athletic Conference released its 2017 football schedule on Thursday, giving us the full list of names and dates for UConn’s upcoming season.
For the fourth time in the last five years, the Huskies will open their season with a game at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field against an FCS opponent in Holy Cross, who were 4-7 last season. UConn has opened every season at home since 2011.
The Huskies will begin conference play at home on Sep. 9 against their heated rivals from USF. The Bulls took last year’s game by a convincing 42-27 on their way to a an 11-2 season and have owned this series as of late.
Next up is a road trip to face Virginia on September 16 in the return trip of last year’s 13-10 UConn victory after Virginia missed a chip-shot field goal as time expired.
After a bye week, UConn travels to Dallas to meet SMU. The two teams last played in 2014, on a cold Senior Day in December. UConn took a 27-20 come-from-ahead loss to end Bob Diaco’s first season as head coach.
Oct. 6 will see UConn and Memphis do battle at Rentscher Field on a Friday night. The Huskies and Tigers last played in 2014, when Memphis took the 41-10 win at the Liberty Bowl.
UConn will travel to Temple on a short week to meet the reigning conference champs. Last year’s game against Temple was an unmitigated disaster. Diaco burned Donovan Williams’ redshirt and it was the first of two consecutive shutouts for the UConn offense.
The following weekend, UConn opens up a two-game home stand, with the first coming against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. These two teams have never played, but Tulsa is coming off a 10-3 season which included a bowl win.
Over Halloween weekend, the Huskies will host Missouri on Oct. 28 to complete their home-and-home series which began in 2015. The then-No. 22 Tigers won 9-6 in a game that at one point was 6-2. Diaco faked a field goal on the fringes of field goal range at the end to try and steal a win on the road but the Huskies could not clinch the upset.
UConn will welcome East Carolina into Rentschler Field on Nov. 4 for Senior Day. Last season’s matchup in Greenville, North Carolina was the first game of three straight without a touchdown for the Huskies as the Pirates took it, 41-3.
On Nov. 11, the post-Diaco conFLiCT era will begin when UConn and UCF play in Orlando. The Knights were victorious in last year’s game, 24-16, but the Huskies hoisted the trophy in Orlando the year before.
The non-conference portion of the schedule ends the Saturday before Thanksgiving, on Nov. 18 when the Huskies play Boston College in a home game for UConn at Fenway Park. The Eagles took UConn to the woodshed last year at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, winning 30-0 in the game that conclusively turned the tides against Bob Diaco, who called the game competitive afterwards.
The final game of the regular season will be on the road for the Huskies, as Cincinnati will host UConn on Nov. 25. The Huskies stole a win at home last year over the Bearcats, 20-9.
UConn Football Schedule 2017
|Holy Cross||Rentschler Field||August 31 (Thursday)|
|USF||Rentschler Field||September 9|
|Virginia||Charlottesville, VA||September 16|
|SMU||Dallas, TX||September 30|
|Memphis||Rentschler Field||October 6 (Friday)|
|Temple||Philadelphia, PA||October 14|
|Tulsa||Rentschler Field||October 21|
|Missouri||Rentschler Field||October 28|
|East Carolina||Rentschler Field||November 4|
|UCF||Orlando, FL||November 11|
|Boston College||Fenway Park (Boston, MA)||November 18|
|Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH||November 25|