STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut will play one of the most exciting football schedules in its history in 2016 as the full schedule was announced on Tuesday by the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies play five teams that went to bowl games in 2015 and three that were ranked or received votes in the final college football polls.
In addition, UConn plays an intriguing non-conference slate with games against three Atlantic Coast Conference teams and renews a series that dates back to 1922.
Husky fans will enjoy a seven-game home schedule at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field and season tickets are currently on sale at UConnTickets.com. UConn returned to bowl play last season as it took on Marshall in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
“I am very excited about our 2016 UConn football schedule for both our team and UConn Nation,” said Husky coach Bob Diaco. “We have seven great home games and the American Athletic Conference will be as spectacular this year as it was last year. In addition, we have a challenging non-conference schedule against regional teams which provides even more energy for our program and fans.”
UConn opens its 2016 season against Maine of the Colonial Athletic Conference on Thursday night, September 1 in East Hartford. Maine has made the NCAA FCS playoffs in two of the past five years and the schools have played 73 times dating back to 1922.
The Huskies open American Athletic Conference play at Navy on September 10 as the Midshipmen finished the season ranked 18th in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls. Navy won the Military Bowl last season. That game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
UConn returns home for a pair of games against ACC teams versus Virginia (September 17) and Syracuse (September 24.) UConn and Virginia have split a pair of meetings while the Huskies hold a 5-4 series edge vs. the Orange.
American Athletic Conference action returns the next six weeks starting on the road at Houston on Thursday, September 29 on ESPN. Houston was ranked eighth in the final national polls and won the Peach Bowl. The Cougars only blemish on the season was a loss to the Huskies on November 21 in East Hartford.
UConn then takes on two American teams that played in bowl games last year when it plays host to Cincinnati (Hawaii Bowl) on October 8 and visits USF (Miami Beach Bowl) on October 15. The Huskies host UCF on October 22 and travel to East Carolina on October 29.
The Huskies play host to Temple on Friday, November 4 on a game that will be televised on ESPN2.
The final non-conference game will see the Huskies travel to Boston College of the ACC on November 19. The two schools, separated by approximately 80 miles, will meet for the first time since 2004 in the beginning of a four game series.
UConn rounds out the regular season on November 26 against Tulane at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.
The following is the complete 2016 UConn football schedule:
Kickoff times and further television plans to be announced
Thur., 1 MAINE
Sat., 10 at Navy* (CBS Sports Network)
Sat., 17 VIRGINIA
Sat., 24 SYRACUSE
Thur., 29 at Houston* (ESPN)
Sat., 8 CINCINNATI*
Sat., 15 at USF*
Sat., 22 UCF*
Sat., 29 at East Carolina*
Fri., 4 TEMPLE* (ESPN2)
Sat., 19 at Boston College
Sat., 26 TULANE*
*American Athletic Conference Game
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