NEW BRITAIN - The Central Connecticut State football team will begin its season against one of the Power 5 schools.
Come Sept. 2, CCSU will play at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse. The rest of Central’s schedule has not been announced.
It will be the Blue Devils’ first game against a Division I FBS opponent since 2007, when they played Western Michigan. That game ended in a 51-14 CCSU loss.
The Orange finished out their 2016 campaign 4-8, including a win over UConn on Sept. 24, but ended the season with four straight losses to then No. 2 Clemson, who would go on to win the College Football Playoff National Title, NC State, No. 17 Florida State and Pitt.
Other than its win over the Huskies, Syracuse’s other three victories came against Division I FCS Colgate, then No. 17 Virginia Tech and a sub-par Boston College team.
CCSU on the other hand, finished out a rough 2016 season just 2-9, losing five games in a row at one point and went 0-6 on the road. One of those trips included a rout at the hands of James Madison, the national champion at the Division I FCS level.
The Blue Devils have not won more than four games in a season since the start of the 2011, having gone a combined 19-48 during that stretch.
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