UAlbany football to open 2022 season at Baylor

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ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The University of Albany football team and head coach Greg Gattuso announced that the Great Danes will travel to Waco, Texas this fall to open the 2022 season against the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on September 3.

“The team is thrilled to open the 2022 season at Baylor,” Gattuso said. “Obviously we understand the challenges we face playing with a top 10 FBS team, but it will be a great experience for our Great Danes and for our fans.”

In 2021, the Bears finished the season as the No. 5 team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the No. 6 team in USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll, both being the best of all the Big 12 teams. If Baylor retains its ranking, the game will mark the first time in program history that the Great Danes have faced a ranked FBS team. Outside of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic condensed and moved the season to spring, UAlbany has faced FBS competition every year since 2015, winning against Buffalo in 2016 by a score of 22-16.

The Bears went 12-2 overall and 7-2 in conference a season ago, winning the Allstate Sugar Bowl over then-No. 8 Ole Miss, 21-7. The team’s defense recorded a Sugar Bowl record 10 sacks in the win.

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