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UConn cancels 2020 football season, leaving Army with one less game

The Black Knights now have just eight games on their 2020 football schedule.

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Make that four open dates for the Black Knights.

A day after the athletics department at West Point announced that Army’s 2020 home football game vs. Oklahoma would be canceled, another one of Black Knights’ opponents suspended their whole season.

The UConn Huskies will not play football this fall, according to multiple reports.

Army was scheduled to travel to Storrs, Connecticut for a game on Nov. 28.

UConn is the first FBS program to suspend play during the 2020 season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The Huskies were going to play as an Independent this season after leaving the American Athletic Conference to rejoin the Big East, where it will play all non-football sports. The Huskies went 2-10 last season.

Army and UConn have played against each other seven times in football, with the Huskies owning a 5-2 record and their last win coming in 2015.

“After receiving guidance from state and public health officials and consulting with football student-athletes, we’ve decided that we will not compete on the gridiron this season,” UConn AD David Benedict said in a statement. “The safety challenges created by COVID-19 place our football student-athletes at an unacceptable level of risk.”

UConn suspending its 2020 season leaves Army with just eight games on its 2020 schedule.

A looming decision that could impact the Black Knights’ schedule in a big way is whatever the MAC decides to do. Army is scheduled to play three teams from the conference, which has yet to take a clear stance on how it will proceed with the 2020 season.

At the very least, Army and Navy have both been firm about their desire to play their annual rivalry game this season.

Army’s remaining schedule as of Aug. 5 is...

  • Sept. 12 at Rice
  • Oct. 3 at Miami (OH)
  • Oct. 17 vs. Eastern Michigan
  • Oct. 24 vs. Buffalo
  • Nov. 7 vs. Air Force
  • Nov. 14 at Tulane
  • Nov. 21 at UMass
  • Dec. 12 vs. Navy