The UMass football program made the long-rumored three-game series with Boston College official on Saturday. The Eagles will open the 2014 season at Gillette Stadium on August 30, while the Minutemen will make two return trips to Chestnut Hill in 2016 (Sept. 17) and 2018 (Sept. 1).
The 2014 game will likely replace Rhode Island on the schedule. The FCS Rams are moving from the CAA to the reduced scholarship NEC, meaning that a win over URI would no longer count towards bowl eligibility going forward.
The "road" game with UMass will be the second road/neutral non-conference game on the Eagles' 2014 schedule. Boston College is also scheduled to play Army at Yankee Stadium on November 8. I hope DeFilippo is reasonably sure that the 2014 ACC schedule includes five (and not four) home games lest the Eagles play just five home games in total that year. That would be ... unfortunate.
The other non-conference game in 2014 is a home date with USC, the return trip for BC's 2013 game at the LA Coliseum.
In 2016, the Eagles have non-conference dates scheduled with UMass (Sept. 17), Buffalo and at Notre Dame, and in 2018, the Eagles again have a home date with UMass (Sept. 1) and a road game in South Bend.
For those worried that UMass would be able to lure big name programs to Gillette, affecting Boston College's ability to schedule home-and-home series with those same big name programs, don't. At least not yet. The program still has a long way to go before they are able to land more than a single road game with no return trip with a lot of these programs.
To the program's credit, the Minutemen were able to schedule future non-conference games against Notre Dame, Penn State, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Colorado and Michigan. Only problem is that Indiana, Colorado, Vanderbilt and BC are the only programs signed up to make return trips to play in Foxboro through 2019. Like their future MAC counterparts, UMass will likely have to play a majority of their non-conference portion of their schedule on the road.