UMass schedules new football series with BC, UConn
The University of Massachusetts is going the independent route in football next year. But it looks like the Minutemen are trying to reestablish some old New England rivalries.
UMass announced on Thursday that it will be adding games against old rivals Boston College and Connecticut.
"We fully understand and support that a BC-UConn matchup will help New England college football gain traction nationally," UMass athletic director Ryan Banford said in a statement. "UMass has always believed that the collective goal of the three New England FBS schools should be to collaborate often and build a strong partnership to further enhance the culture of college football in this region."
Massachusetts has replaced a Sept. 17 game against Boston College with a home game against the Eagles at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10. It's the first game of an extended series against the Eagles. UMass will play at BC on Sept. 1, 2018, and then have another home-and-home series in 2021 and 2022.
The Minutemen will also get UConn back on the schedule for the 2018 season. The teams will meet in Hartford in 2018 and 2020, while playing at Gillette Stadium in 2019 and 2021.
UMass made changes to its schedules in 2016 and 2017 in an effort to rebuild those home-and-home rivalry series.
"I'm particularly excited about the changes to our first independent schedule," said Banford, "as they truly enhance the experience for our fans and football student-athletes."
With Boston College coming on board for the 2016 season, the Minutemen will have six home games in the first season as an independent.
Four of the six home games in 2016 will be played at Gillette Stadium. BC, Mississippi State, Tulane and Louisiana Tech will all face the Minutemen in Foxborough, while Florida International and Division I-FCS Wagner will come to McGuirk-Alumni Stadium.