With the 2018 football season in the book, UConn is looking to the future and has locked up a home-and-home series against Purdue for 2021 and 2025.
The Boilermakers will head to East Hartford, Connecticut in 2021 on Sept. 11, with the Huskies returning the favor with a game in West Lafayette, Indiana on Sept. 13, 2025. The 2021 meeting will be the first time UConn and Purdue have met on the gridiron.
While it’s a nice pick up for the Huskies to add another Power Five opponent to the schedule, it does create a problem. According to the press release, the 2021 matchup at Rentschler Field is on the same day (Sept. 11) as the Huskies’ road game at Clemson, where UConn is set to receive $1.2 million for heading down to Death Valley.
Assuming that problem is resolved and one of the games is rescheduled, the 2021 nonconference slate is now complete. Aside from Clemson and Purdue, the Huskies will open the 2021 season on Sept. 2 against Holy Cross and take on rival UMass on Oct. 2. The road game against the Boilermakers is the first nonconference game scheduled in 2025.
Purdue has gone 6-6 the past two seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm, winning the Foster Farms Bowl over Arizona 38-35 in 2017. This season, the Boilermakers are once again bowl eligible with wins over No. 2 Ohio State, No. 16 Iowa and No. 23 Boston College.