The ConFLiCT lives on. According to the UConn Board of Trustees Agenda, UConn football will play the UCF Knights on Nov. 20, 2021 in Orlando. In exchange, the Huskies will receive a $1 million payout (h/t @DruuuVannn on Twitter).
In other words: UCF is paying UConn $1 million to play a game that previously would’ve been in-conference. Per @NoEscalators’ calculations, the Huskies would’ve only been paid $875,000 for the game in the AAC under the league’s new TV deal.
While UConn won’t want to completely fill its schedule with buy games, having a few will help the financial outlook. And of all the Huskies’ (soon to be former) AAC conference mates, the Knights probably bring more intrigue on the football field than all but USF thanks to the ConFLiCT Trophy — the made-up rivalry started by former UConn head coach Bob Diaco.
UConn’s 2021 schedule is currently the most fleshed-out of the Huskies’ future slates. However, next year’s schedule still needs a lot of work with eight games still open.
Here’s a look at who UConn has lined up going forward:
2020 - UMass, at Illinois, Maine, Indiana
2021 - Holy Cross, Purdue, at UMass, at Clemson, at UCF
2022 - Central Connecticut, at NC State, Boston College
2023 - Duke, Lafayette, NC State, at Boston College
2024 - at Duke, at Maryland
2025 - Central Connecticut, at Purdue
2026 - Lafayette, at Tennessee, at Maryland