At one point, it looked like the Connecticut Huskies and Boise State Broncos were going to be playing each other regularly as foes in the Big East. When Boise State backed out and stayed with the Mountain West Conference, that matchup looked lost, but the two sides have agreed to a home-and-home series in non-conference play.
UConn will host Boise State in 2014, presumably giving the Huskies a nice boost to their non-conference schedule. Getting a win over one of the premier non-BCS programs would be a major boost to a UConn program trying to build itself up. Boise State gets their chance to host Connecticut way down the line in 2018. The two teams will likely look drastically different at that point making it difficult to preview, but it will still likely be one of the best games on the Huskies’ non-conference slate.
Adding Boise State to the schedule bring UConn’s non-conference to three games in 2014. In addition the Broncos, Connecticut will host the BYU Cougars and Stony Brook Sea Wolves. They will likely have to add a couple more non-conference games to fill out their schedule. Boise State could be their marquee home game of the year (depending on the landscape of the Big East/AAC next year).
This home-and-home series agreement will be a major boost for the Connecticut schedule in 2014 and 2018. UConn is trying to build themselves up as a viable football program and reaching out and playing good teams will only help them reach that goal. Whether or not they come out on top could make the difference between making it as a football school and staying as an afterthought in the college football landscape.