Boise State may have just dipped their toes in the waters of the Big East before deciding that it was in their best interests to stay in the Mountain West Conference, but a change of heart and any subsequent hard feelings won't be enough to get in the way of possibly making some money.
Either that, or the Huskies really want to play the Broncos. Whatever the case, here's what we know: UConn and Boise State have agreed to a home-and-home series and it'll start in 2014 when the Broncos come to Rentschler Field and conclude when the Huskies return the favor in 2018.
"We are very excited to announce that another nationally prominent opponent will be visiting Rentschler Field," UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement (via the Hartford Courant. "We are committed to giving our fans an exciting football schedule each year and we believe this series with Boise State will be an important piece of that. Husky supporters should be enthusiastic, as we will be playing home games against Michigan, Maryland, Tennessee, BYU, Virginia and now Boise State in upcoming seasons."
Conference reshuffling aside, this moves will provide the Huskies more national exposure, which is exactly what they need as they try to become a more competitive FBS program.
"College football fans around the country know all about Boise State and their tradition of competing as a perennial top 25 team," UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni added. "We have built a very exciting schedule for our fans over the next several seasons and we look forward to their support of our Husky team."
Whether Pasqualoni is around to be apart of the Boise St. game is another matter. After back-to-back 5-7 seasons, there's no guarantee he'll survive another substandard effort. Then again, a strong showing could be enough to not only save Pasqualoni's job, but to elevate the program in the eyes of those who truly matter: the decision makers responsible for getting UConn into a top flight conference.