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Official: UConn announces home-and-home series with Buffalo and Utah State

UConn will face Utah State starting in 2022 and Buffalo starting in 2024.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 26 Central Michigan at Buffalo Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UConn has agreed to home-and-home series with the Buffalo Bulls and Utah State Aggies, set time start in 2024 and 2022 respectively, the school announced on Friday.

The Buffalo series will include games at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Sept. 28, 2024 and Sept. 23, 2028, while Buffalo will welcome UConn to upstate New York on Sept. 27, 2025 and Sept. 15, 2029.

UConn will kick off their 2022 season in Logan, Utah on Saturday, August 27, then will host the Aggies in East Hartford on September 30, 2023.

Buffalo has been bowl eligible for the last three seasons, winning 24 games in that span and securing the program’s first-ever bowl win this year while having alumni like Khalil Mack dominate in the NFL. Buffalo and UConn last faced off in 2013, with the Bulls blowing out the Huskies 41-13 and delivering the final blow to end the Paul Pasqualoni era. Overall, UConn has a 16-5 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to 1951.

Utah State has had a similar run of success in recent years, also bowl-eligible for the last three years, finishing 22nd in the final AP poll in 2017 with a final record of 11-2.

UConn’s last and only meeting with Utah State occurred when both were FBS independents in 2001, Randy Edsall’s third year as a head coach. The Huskies lost 38-31 to head coach Mickie Dennehy’s Aggies on their way to a 2-9 season.

For athletic director David Benedict, locking down six games — especially three home games — with a strong regional opponent and another Group of Five upstart should help increase fan interest heading into life as an independent while maintaining a strong but competitive schedule.