The University of Missouri and the University of Connecticut have finalized an agreement to play a home-and-home football series between the two schools, as announced today jointly by both athletic programs.
Mizzou and UCONN will meet for the first time ever on the gridiron when the Huskies visit Columbia, Mo. for a game on September 19, 2015. The Tigers will return the game two years later, and play at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. on September 23, 2017. The Huskies have played in five bowl games during the past 10 seasons, including an appearance in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
The agreement with UCONN helps Mizzou get closer to finishing out its 2015 schedule, as three of the four non-conference games are now set, with games scheduled for Sept. 5 against Southeast Missouri State, a road game on Sept. 12 at Arkansas State, in addition to the UCONN contest. The 2017 schedule has two non-conference games remaining to be filled around a Sept. 16 home date with Purdue and the Sept. 23 road game at UCONN.
“We’re really pleased to be able to reach an agreement to schedule UCONN,” said Executive Associate Athletic Director Bryan Maggard, who oversees football scheduling. “It’s fun to bring new opponents into Columbia for our fans, and this is a program that’s had a high level of success in the past decade. One of the most challenging aspects of conference realignment has involved football scheduling, and reconstructing things after we moved to the SEC. We’re getting really close to having 2015 taken care of and being able to move on to future schedules, so that’s very exciting,” he said.