Updated: UConn adds BYU to schedule in 2014-2015

Lavell Edwards Stadium

John F. Silver

The first major domino for UConn’s non-conference football schedule in 2014 was announced on Monday as the school has agreed to play BYU football in 2014 and visit Provo, Utah in 2015.

The Hartford Courant’s Desmond Connor was the first to report the news on Monday.

The Huskies will open the season by hosting BYU on Aug. 28 2014 at Rentschler Field. The return game is in 2015 on Halloween at Lavell Edwards Stadium.

The Huskies have huge holes in the non-conference schedule for 2014 as it will be the first year without Louisville and Rutgers in the yet to be named league.

“We are very excited to bring another nationally prominent opponent to Rentschler Field,” said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “BYU has a long tradition of football excellence with prominent players that are known around the country. With Michigan playing at UConn in 2013 and Tennessee in 2015, we feel that we have a very strong non-conference schedule for the next several years and plan on continuing that practice.

“I also think UConn fans will enjoy making the trip to Provo in 2015. Our loyal followers have established a tradition of travelling well to national non-conference contests and I think this will happen again when we go to BYU.”

The Huskies will add BYU and an FCS Stony Brook to the schedule in 2014 and will need to find at least two more non-conference games to go with the league schedule depending on if the conference has an eight or nine game league schedule.

The Huskies 2013 schedule is loaded with non-conference games against Michigan, Maryland, Towson and at Buffalo. The Huskies will also host Louisville and Rutgers at Rentschler Field next year.

The Huskies also have a series with Tennessee in 2015-2016.

Here’s UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni on the series:

“The series with BYU is a great opportunity and challenge for our football program,”  Pasqualoni said. “A strong non-conference schedule puts our team on the national stage and also prepares the team for league play. Everyone in college football knows about the proud heritage of BYU football.”

BYU AD Tom Holmoe comments:

“We are grateful to UConn for the opportunity to play this home-and-home series and look forward to the games,” Holmoe said. “The Huskies have played great football as an FBS member, winning league titles and earning numerous bowl invitations.  Scheduling this game in the Northeast gives our fans traveling to the game opportunities to visit places they may not have been before. We are also excited to welcome UConn to Provo for its first-ever visit to LaVell Edwards Stadium.”

Here are the future Connecticut FBS schedules.

Here is UConn’s non-conference games scheduled:

The following is a complete summary of future non-conference games under contract for UConn football:

2013: August 29, Towson; September 14, Maryland; September 21, Michigan; September 28, at Buffalo.

2014: August 28, BYU; September 6, Stony Brook.

2015: September 5, Villanova; September 26, Tennessee; October 31, at BYU.

2106: September 3, at Tennessee; September 17, Virginia.

2017: September 16, at Virginia.

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