UAlbany football to play at Syracuse in 2021
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team will play a non-conference game at Syracuse University to open the 2021 season, the schools announced Tuesday.
It will be the first ever meeting between the Great Danes and the Orange, who play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“We’re very excited to be playing an FBS team here in New York state,” UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso said. “It will be a great challenge for our football team and also an exciting game for our fans. It’s another sign of the continued progress of our program.”
A date for the game, to be played in the 49,262-seat Carrier Dome, has yet to be set.
Syracuse, under second-year coach Dino Babers, has a 2-1 record entering Saturday’s game against No. 25 LSU. In their history, the Orange, members of the ACC since 2013, have won one national title (1959) and appeared in 25 bowl games.
The Great Danes have opened with an FBS opponent each of the past three seasons, including at Old Dominion to open the 2017 campaign. UAlbany beat an FBS school for the first time in 2016, defeating Buffalo, 22-16.
UAlbany plays Pittsburgh, also of the ACC, to start the 2018 season. The game will be played at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On Saturday night, the Great Danes (2-1) host No. 7-ranked Villanova at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.