Published March 28. 2012 4:00AM
UConn completed its 2012 football schedule when a revamped Big East Conference released its master schedule on Tuesday.
The Huskies, 5-7 in Paul Pasqualoni's first season as head coach, will appear on national television three times, including a pair of games at Rentschler Field.
Pittsburgh visits the Rent on Friday, Nov. 9, in a game that will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. UConn will end its season at home against Cincinnati on Saturday, Dec. 1. That game will be part of ESPN's "Championship Saturday" package and will be played at a time to be announced on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
UConn's other nationally-televised game will be against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Friday, Oct 19 (ESPN, 8 p.m.).
"We have a very exciting and competitive football schedule for the 2012 season," athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement released by the university. "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."
UConn's other Big East home game is against Temple on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Owls are returning to the Big East this season and replacing West Virginia, which is leaving the conference for the Big 12 this fall. The game will coincide with UConn's Homecoming Day festivities.
The Huskies will open their Big East schedule at Rutgers on Saturday, Oct. 13, and also visit South Florida (Saturday, Nov. 3) and Louisville (Saturday, Nov. 24).
UConn will play all five of its non-conference games to start the season, including the home opener against UMass on Thursday, Aug. 30. North Carolina State (Saturday, Sept. 15) and Buffalo (Saturday, Sept. 29) will also visit Rentschler Field, while the Huskies will play road games at Maryland (Saturday, Sept. 15) and Western Michigan (Saturday, Sept. 29).
Maryland is coached by Randy Edsall, who will begin his second season after guiding UConn through the transition from a Division I-AA program to Division I-AA.
"Our entire team is really looking forward to this 2012 football schedule," Pasqualoni said. "Our coaches and players look forward to playing a tough non-conference schedule and then get into the grind of the Big East Conference."
Game times and television coverage for most games will be announced on a later date.