Here's a preview from the Associated Press of what to expect at Saturday's UConn/Michigan football game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. You can watch the game on News 8.
No. 15 Michigan (2-0) at Connecticut (0-2) at 8 p.m. (WTNH/ABC)
Line: Michigan by 17.5
Series record: Michigan 1-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Michigan is trying to rebound from a close call against Akron with a good showing in its first road game of the season. The Huskies are trying to avoid an 0-3 start at home after losses to Towson out of the Football Championship subdivision and Maryland. A loss would turn the heat on head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who is trying to avoid a third straight losing season at UConn.
Connecticut's running game against Michigan's rush defense. The Huskies are averaging 57.5 yards on the ground per game, while Michigan has given up an average of 89.7. Connecticut must be able to get junior tailback Lyle McCombs involved in the game to control the clock and keep the Wolverines high-powered offense off the field. McCombs rushed for 1,151 yards as a freshman, but has seen his production steadily decline since then.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Michigan: WR Jeremy Gallon. The senior has caught a pass in 29 straight games and has had four or more catches in eight straight. His four touchdown catches through three games lead the Big 10.
Connecticut: LB Yawin Smallwood. The junior captain is leading the nation in tackles per game after recording 16 in the Huskies opener and 14 against Maryland.
FACTS & FIGURES
UConn has added 2,300 temporary seats to Rentschler Field for the game and expects more than 42,000 fans, which would be a school record. ... Michigan hasn't played before a crowd that small since 2007, and hasn't played in a smaller stadium since visiting Boston College in 1991. ... UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel played defensive tackle at Michigan in the late 1980s. ...Connecticut has not started a season 0-3 since 2001. ... Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons has hit 114 consecutive extra points, putting him third among active kickers behind Baylor's Aaron Jones (125) and Northwestern's Jeff Budzien (116).
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