The UConn football team will open the 2018 season at Rentschler Field on Thursday night, Aug. 30, against Central Florida, the reigning American Athletic Conference champion and the only FBS team to go undefeated last year.

And 10 days later, on Saturday, Sept. 8, the Huskies play a non-conference game at Boise State.

So the Huskies’ schedule, announced Tuesday morning by the AAC and UConn, is certainly front-loaded. Central Florida capped its perfect season with a victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Boise State was 11-3 in 2017.

UConn lost at Central Florida last season, 49-24. The Huskies lost their only meeting with Boise State, 38-21 at Rentschler Field, Sept. 13, 2014.

UConn, which has finished 3-9 each of the past two seasons, returns home to face Rhode Island in Week 3 (Sept. 15) and plays at Syracuse, Edsall’s alma mater, Sept. 22.

After a home game against Cincinnati Sept. 29 and one at Memphis Oct. 6, the Huskies take a break.

Their bye week comes exactly at the mid-point of the season, which is desirable. Last year, due to sweeping changes in the conference schedule brought on by a hurricane hitting Florida, UConn had a Week 2 by and finished the season by playing 11 consecutive weeks. The Huskies were 2-6 in conference play, finishing the season on a five-game losing streak.

Every game, except the opener, is on a Saturday.

UConn’s non-conference games are at Boise State, vs. Rhode Island and Oct. 27 at home against UMass.

Following the bye, UConn plays at South Florida Oct. 20, and that marks the only time the Huskies play consecutive road games.

The remaining conference games will be at Tulsa Nov. 3, vs. SMU Nov. 10, at ECU Nov. 17 and vs. Temple, the season finale, Nov. 24.

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