Connecticut announced its 2013 football schedule Tuesday and the hometown crowd is in for a few treats at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
The schedule features seven home games and six games against teams that competed in bowl games last season. The first three games of the season will be home games for the Huskies, including Maryland and Michigan.
"I am very excited for the home schedule that our football team will play in 2013 and I think our fans should be too," UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said in a press release from UConn. "As I continue to say, it is important for UConn to have the Rentschler Field full for every game. Our football team will be working hard to prepare for the 2013 season and we need the support from our loyal Husky followers more than ever."
Here is the breakdown of the schedule, as provided by UConn athletics:
UConn begins play at Rentschler on Thursday, August 29 against FCS opponent Towson, followed by home games against Maryland on September 14 and Michigan on September 21. The Huskies went to College Park in 2012 and came away with a 24-21 victory over the Terrapins, of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolverines, from the Big Ten, visit the Huskies after UConn made the trip to Ann Arbor in 2010. Michigan went 8-5 in 2012 and appeared in the Outback Bowl.
Connecticut's first road game, and final non-conference game, of the season will be at Buffalo on September 28. The Huskies came away with a 24-17 win over the Bulls in 2012.
The conference slate kicks off at home against USF on October 12, followed by a road game at Cincinnati on October 19. The Bearcats went 10-3 in 2012 and picked up a win over Duke in the Belk Bowl. The Huskies will play a second straight road game with a visit to UCF on October 26. The Knights completed the 2012 season with a win in the Beef ‘O' Brady's Bowl and a 10-4 record.
Following a bye week, Connecticut hosts Louisville for a Friday night 8:00 pm match-up on ESPN or ESPN2 on November 8. The Huskies defeated the then No. 19/18 Cardinals in Louisville last season by a 23-20 score in triple overtime. UofL capped of its season with a win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl and an 11-2 season.
Game times and television coverage for most games are still to be announced.
2013 UConn Football Schedule
Day, Date Opponent Time TV
Thur., Aug. 29 TOWSON TBA TBA
Sat., Sept. 14 MARYLAND TBA TBA
Sat., Sept. 21 MICHIGAN TBA TBA
Sat., Sept. 28 at Buffalo TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 12 USF* TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 19 at Cincinnati* TBA TBA
Sat., Oct. 26 at Central Florida* TBA TBA
Fri., Nov. 8 LOUISVILLE* TBA ESPN or ESPN2
Sat., Nov. 16 at Southern Methodist* TBA TBA
Sat., Nov. 23 at Temple* TBA TBA
Sat., Nov. 30 RUTGERS* TBA TBA
Sat., Dec. 7 MEMPHIS* TBA TBA
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
* - Conference Games