On Monday, the Army Black Knights football team released its 2015 schedule. Next season, the Black Knights will play five home games at Michie (Fordham, Wake Forest, Duke, Bucknell and Tulane), five road games (UConn, Eastern Michigan, Penn State, Rice and Air Force), a game against Rutgers at Yankee Stadium and the annual Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Curiously absent from Army's schedule is Boston College, which had previously inked a four-year deal with the Black Knights that included two games at Alumni Stadium (2012 and 2015), one at Michie (2013) and one at Yankee Stadium (2014). The two schools later agreed to swap home dates in 2012 and 2013 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Last summer, Army announced that Connecticut would replace Boston College in this year's Yankee Stadium game on November 8, 2014. Supposedly BC asked out of the game so they could get back to playing seven games a year at home. The Eagles replaced the Black Knights with Colorado State on this year's schedule.
With BC backing out of this year's Yankee Stadium game, I had the sneaking suspicion that the Eagles' 2015 game against the Black Knights might also be in jeopardy. Now it's confirmed, and it appears that UConn will fill BC's slot on Army's 2015 schedule when the Black Knights travel to East Hartford to take on the Huskies on September 12, 2015.
Not only is Army now off the schedule, but Buffalo and New Mexico State, two other teams thought to be on BC's 2015 schedule, both already have four non-conference scheduling commitments. The Bulls will face Albany (9/5), Penn State (9/12), Florida Atlantic (9/19) and Nevada (9/26) next year, while the Aggies will face Florida (9/5), UTEP (9/19), New Mexico (10/3) and Ole Miss (10/10). After playing an eight-game MAC and Sun Belt conference schedule, respectively, that leaves no room for a game against the Eagles.
Without Army on next year's schedule, and with games against Buffalo and New Mexico State all but officially canceled, BC is in a bit of a scheduling bind -- needing two teams to complete the 2015 non-conference schedule, less than a year before the start of next season.
The Eagles currently have two confirmed non-conference games scheduled for next season -- a September 26 home game against Northern Illinois and a November 21 "road" game against Notre Dame at Fenway Park. You have to figure that one of the two remaining slots will be filled by an FCS team, but the FBS pickings for that final non-conference scheduling slot are slim.
Of course, there's always the possibility that a team from the Group of Five will move some things around to accommodate BC, just as NIU did for their 2015 game on the Heights. However, with less than a year to go before the start of next season, the Eagles find themselves in the unenviable position of finding two more opponents on very short notice.