KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island and Holy Cross will play a home-and-home series in football beginning in 2024, it was announced Monday afternoon.
The Rams will host Holy Cross in 2024, then make a trip to the Crusaders in 2025. Both seasons will feature 12-game schedules for Rhode Island. When the teams face off in 2024, it will be the first meeting between the two New England schools since 1988. Holy Cross is coming off an appearance in the FCS playoffs in 2019, its first since 2009.
With the announcement of the two-game series against Holy Cross, Rhode Island's non-conference football game slate is nearly complete through the 2026 season. The Rams still have an open date to fill in 2025, most likely against an FBS program.
In 2020, Rhode Island is slated to travel to Northern Illinois on Sept. 5, begin a 10-year series with Bryant on Sept. 12 and host Brown in the annual Governor's Cup on Oct. 3. The game against Bryant will start a 10-year series and be the first between the in-state opponents since 2002.
Here are the future non-conference football games for Rhode Island:
2020 - at Northern Illinois, Brown, at Bryant
2021 - Bryant, at Brown, at Massachusetts
2022 - at Bryant, at Pitt, Brown
2023 - at Georgia State, Bryant, at Brown
2024* - Holy Cross, at Minnesota, at Bryant, Brown
2025*- Open, Bryant, at Holy Cross, at Brown
2026 - at Temple, at Bryant, Brown
* - 12-game scheedule
Bold - FBS Opponent