Aug. 18, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -
The University of Connecticut has finalized an agreement with the University of Michigan for a home-and-home football series in the 2010 and 2013 seasons. UConn will travel to Ann Arbor on Sept. 4, 2010 to play in Michigan Stadium while the Wolverines will come to Rentschler Field on Sept. 21, 2013 to take on the Huskies.
Michigan is one of the nation's most storied programs as the Wolverines have won 11 national championships and 42 different conference titles. The Wolverines enter the 2009 season with 872 wins in program history and a .740 winning percentage - both of which are the highest marks in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history.
"We are very excited about having a football series with the University of Michigan," says UConn Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway. "This football series will provide two outstanding games for both programs and their respective fans. We are happy to bring this premier intersectional matchup to our dedicated football fans who fill Rentschler Field."
"It is very exciting for our football program to have a series with Michigan," says UConn head coach Randy Edsall. "We want to challenge our team by playing a strong non-conference schedule in addition to the BIG EAST slate we face every year. Michigan is a nationally-prominent program and we are happy to have them on our future schedule."
The contest at Michigan next season will serve as the rededication game of the historic stadium after a large-scale renovation. Connecticut's home game with Northeastern in 2010, originally scheduled on Sept. 2, will now be played on Oct. 9.
"The Michigan game in 2013 will be another outstanding non-conference match-up that will be played at Rentschler Field," says Hathaway. "We annually play a demanding BIG EAST slate at home and Michigan adds to an impressive list of Bowl Championship Series opponents that are on our future schedules at Rentschler Field. The best way for Husky fans to ensure they will be at Rentschler Field for all of these great games is by being a season ticket holder."
UConn will also play a home-and-home series with Tennessee beginning in 2015 with the Volunteers coming to Rentschler Field on Sept. 26 with a return trip to Knoxville on Sept. 3, 2016.
Other upcoming non-conference opponents coming to Rentschler Field include Vanderbilt (2010), Iowa State (2011), North Carolina State (2012) and Maryland (2013). By the conclusion of the 2010 season, UConn will have played host to non-conference opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Big XII and Southeastern conference at Rentschler Field.