NEW BRITAIN - The Central Connecticut State football team is going to be heading to South Beach.
CCSU and the University of Miami reached an agreement for the two programs to play one another, revealed Monday on FBSchedules.com. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Miami, a member of the ACC and Power 5 school, will host CCSU at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Sept. 25, 2021. The Hurricanes will pay the Blue Devils a $650,000 guarantee for the game. A source told The Herald the deal has been in the works for about a year.
Miami will be CCSU’s fifth FBS opponent in as many seasons. The Blues Devils played at Syracuse in 2017, at Ball State in 2018, at Eastern Michigan in 2019 and are set to play at Toledo in 2020. Games at UConn in 2022 and 2025 are also scheduled.
CCSU is 0-3 against its last three FBS opponents, but nearly beat Eastern Michigan last season if not for a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the final 10 seconds of the game. But the Blue Devils responded by winning their next eight games to finish out the regular season with a program-best 11-1 record and rankings in both FCS Top 25 polls under first-year head coach Ryan McCarthy. They closed out the year with a 42-14 loss to Albany in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
The Hurricanes, meanwhile, went 6-7 in 2018 in their first season under their first-year head coach Manny Diaz. The Hurricanes will play against Alabama on Sept. 4 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, host Appalachian State on Sept. 11 and Michigan State on Sept. 18. as their three other non-conference games in 2021. The Blue Devils will round out that group before Miami begins ACC play.
CCSU’s other non-conference contests in 2021 include a home game against Fordham on Sept. 4, an away game at Monmouth on Oct. 2 and will host Columbia on Oct. 9.
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