UConn’s 2012 Football Schedule Released

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We're just a few days into spring practice for the Huskies' football team,  but it's never too soon to look ahead to next season. After all, that's what this month of workouts are about. On Tuesday, Connecticut announced its 2012 football schedule.

The Huskies will face seven teams that appeared in bowl games last season in addition to two ACC schools (this doesn't include future ACC teams Pitt and Syracuse).  The full schedule is below:

2012 UConn Football Schedule

Sat., Sept. 15, at Maryland 
Sat., Sept. 22, at Western Michigan
Sat., Sept. 29, BUFFALO 
Sat., Oct. 6, at Rutgers* 
Sat., Oct. 13, TEMPLE (HC)* 
Fri., Oct. 19, at Syracuse*
Sat., Nov. 3, at USF*
Fri., Nov. 9, PITTSBURGH*
Sat., Nov. 24, at Louisville*
Sat., Dec. 1, CINCINNATI*

HOME GAMES IN CAPS, HC-Homecoming, * – BIG EAST Conference Game

“We have a very exciting and competitive football schedule for the 2012 season,” UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said in press release issued by the school.  “Our six home games combine three great BIG EAST Conference contests with three non-conference opponents that will be a tremendous opportunity for our team and fans. We look forward to seeing excited crowds at Rentschler Field this season to support our Huskies.”

Second-year coach Paul Pasqualoni added: “Our entire team is really looking forward to this 2012 football schedule. Our coaches and players look forward to playing a tough non-conference schedule and then get into the grind of the BIG EAST Conference, which is as competitive league as any in the country.”

More details via the press release:

UConn opens the 2012 campaign with a pair of home games as the tenth season of Rentschler Field beings. The Huskies open with Massachusetts on Thurs., August 30 as the two teams renew a rivalry that dates back to 1897 with 71 games. The two teams have not played since 1999 and UMass is entering its first year as a member of the Mid-American Conference. …

The non-conference portion of the season concludes with a pair of games against teams from the Mid-American Conference – at Western Michigan on September 22 and home against Buffalo on September 29. Western Michigan played in last year’s Little Caesar Bowl. …

The Huskies take on BIG EAST newcomer Temple on October 13 for both the conference home opener and UConn’s Homecoming game. The Owls won last year’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl. …

UConn plays at Louisville on November 24 as the Cardinals participated in the Belk Bowl last year. The regular season concludes on December 1 at Cincinnati with a game that will be televised by ABC, ESPN or  ESPN2. The Bearcats were the champions of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl last year.

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