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UConn Football to Play at Tennessee in 2026

UConn and Tennessee will finally meet on the gridiron 18 years after agreeing to play each other.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn football’s first non-conference opponent in 2026 is finally set. On Wednesday, the Board of Trustees approved a game at Tennessee, where the Huskies will make $1.8 million.

The two schools originally agreed to play in 2008 with the games coming in 2015 and 2016. However, those dates were pushed back and the Waterbury Republic American’s Ed Daigneault recently reported that Tennessee tried to back out, but UConn wouldn’t allow it. Now, instead of a home-and-home, the Huskies will travel to Knoxville for one game and get a much bigger payday.

This is the second game UConn will be paid to play, joining Clemson in 2021. The Huskies are making $1.2 million for that trip to Death Valley. Other future Power-Five opponents include a home-and-homes with Illinois and Indiana in 2019-20 and home-and-homes with Boston College and NC State starting in 2022.