Paw Prints – Louisville Cardinals (6-1, 2-1) @ UConn Huskies (0-7, 0-3) Preview

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This week:

Louisville Cardinals @ UConn Huskies

The UConn Huskies will host the Louisville Cardinals on Friday night at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT at 8:30 p.m.

The Line:

According to odds, Louisville is favored by 27.5 points and the over/under is 49 points.


According to UConn Huskies ticket office, there are still tickets available to Friday night's game.

Getting To The Game:

Here is link for the weather report. Here is all the parking info you will need for the game, this link includes directions to Rentschler Field. Here is a Rentschler Field seating chart and here is some general information for Rentschler Field.

The parking lots will open up 4 hours before kickoff. Here is a list of the tailgating rules at the Rent.

At UConn home games, FanFest takes place starting four hours before kickoff up until 30 minutes before the game. It takes place between Gates A and B outside the stadium gates.

The offerings change each game, but activities typically include inflatable games for children, live bands, promotional vehicles and UConn student-athletes from various teams signing autographs.

The “Husky Walk” is a chance for fans to welcome the UConn team as they get off the team buses and head to the stadium. That takes place approximately two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff between Gates A and B.

Once again this season at the end of home games, the UConn team will sing the “UConn Husky” fight song in front of the student section at Rentschler Field.



Friday’s game will be nationally televised by ESPN2. Carter Blackburn will handle play-by-play duties and is joined by Danny Kanell on color, while Allison Williams is on the sidelines.

The game will also be available on Watch ESPN.

The game will be replayed on SNY on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 2:00 p.m.


The UConn IMG Sports Network is the home of Husky football on the radio. WTIC NewsTalk 1080 in Hartford serves as the flagship station and is the state’s only 50,000 watt signal and can be heard in 23 states and parts of Canada.

Veteran UConn announcers Joe D’Ambrosio (play-by-play) and Wayne Norman (color commentary) return to call the action with Kevin Nathan on the sidelines.

Joe D will be calling the men's basketball game so Bob Joyce will do the play-by-play for the game.

The Louisville game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 85 and XM 85.

UConn football games are also broadcast over the internet at Here is a full list of stations on the UConn IMG Radio Network.

The UConn IMG Sports Network airs the UConn Football Coach’s Show presented by Webster Bank throughout the fall on Monday evenings at the Wood-n-Tap in Vernon, Conn. Hosted by Joe D’Ambrosio, the show is heard on the UConn IMG Sports Network. Interim head coach T.J. Weist and other individuals associated with UConn football will participate in the hour-long show, reviewing previous games and looking forward to upcoming match-ups. The Wood-n-Tap in Vernon is located at 236 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon and fans are invited to attend to watch the show live in person. There will be ticket and prize giveaways every show.

The following is the schedule for the shows this season:  Nov. 6 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.;  Nov.18 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov.25 – 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Dec. 2 – 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Louisville Cardinals Radio:

Louisville games are aired over the Nelligan Sports Network on its flagship station WHAS 840 AM.

Paul Rogers has the play-by-play with Craig Swabek (analyst) and Doug Ormay (sideline).

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Last Week:

Both UConn and Louisvile were off last week. UConn lost 62-17 their last time out to UCF on 10/26. Louisville beat USF 34-3 on 10/26.


Friday’s game will be the tenth meeting between UConn and Louisville and the Cardinals lead the series 5-4 — although the Huskies have won four of the last six meetings.


The UConn roster does not have any players from Kentucky on it while Louisville does not have any Connecticut players on it.

Louisville Director of Football Operations Clifford Snow was an assistant coach at UConn from 1995-98 and is a Central Connecticut graduate.

UConn Notes:

Here are is the video from head coach T.J. Weist's press conference. If you don't have time to watch, here are the quotes Weist's press conference as well quotes from some of the players.

Here is UConn's roster and 2013 schedule.

Here is UConn's depth chart for the game.

T.J. Weist, a 25-year veteran of the coaching profession who most recently served as the wide receivers coach at Cincinnati, is the interim head coach at UConn for the rest of the 2013 season and making his head coach debut this week vs. USF. Weist was elevated to that position on Sept. 30 — four games into the 2013 season. Weist is in his first season at UConn and continues to serve as offensive coordinator and also has position responsibility with the wide receivers.

The captains of the 2013 UConn Huskies football team are Steven Greene, Shamar Stephen and Yawin Smallwood.

The 2013 season marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of Rentschler Field with many special events planned for the season to commemorate that.

UConn was picked to finish 7th in 2013 AAC Preseason Poll.

UConn is 34-26 in games following a loss since Oct. 26, 2002. The Huskies lost their 2012 season finale vs. Cincinnati and the record includes games over two seasons with the losses to Towson, Maryland, Michigan, Buffalo, USF and now UCF.

For just the third time in school history, UConn will face three ranked teams in the Associated Press poll at the time of the game. Louisville will check in at No. 20 while Michigan was No. 14 for the Sept. 21 game and UCF was No. 21 for the Oct. 26 game.

UConn’s 2013 schedule is currently ranked the 25th toughest in the nation out of 127. The ranking is based on the records of past and future opponents. UConn’s schedule is the second-toughest in the American behind USF, which checks in at No. 14. Purdue is ranked No. 1 this week, followed by Utah, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana.

The Huskies have sold out 30 of their first 66 dates at Rentschler Field. UConn has played to 96.4-pct. of capacity all-time there, drawing 2,544,823 fans, or an average of 38,557 per game.

Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown:

  • 1. LSU 12
  • 2. FIU 10
  • 2. Ohio State 10
  • 4. UConn 9
  • 5. Florida 8
  • 5. Ole Miss 8
  • 5. Kansas State 8
  • 8. Louisiana Tech 7
  • 8. Oklahoma State 7
  • 10. UCF 6
  • 11. Auburn 5
  • 11. Southern Cal 5

The following is where UConn ranked in the NCAA national statistics:

  • Total Offense – 117th at 293.7 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 117th at 76.7 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 74th at 217.0 yards per game (8th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 116th at 16.4 points per game (9th American)
  • Total Defense – 69th at 399.0 yards per game (6th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 73rd at 172.1 yards per game (9th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 103rd at 146.4 points (8th American)
  • Scoring Defense – 105th at 35.1 points per game (9th American)
  • Ind. Tackles – Yawin Smallwood, 5th at 11.3 tackles per game (2nd American)

Yawin Smallwood Awards Watch Lists for 2013 season:

  • Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • Bednarik Award
  • Butkus Award
  • Butkus Award (semi-finalist)

Lyle McCombs Awards Watch Lists For 2013 season:

  • Doak Walker Award

Louisville Cardinals vs UConn Huskies stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent Louisville:

Here is the video from Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong's press conference. Here's the transcript if you don't have time to watch.

Here is the Louisville Cardinals 2013 roster and schedule.

Here is the Louisville Cardinals depth chart for the game.

Charlie Strong is in his fourth season as the head coach at Louisville and led the Cardinals to an appearance in the Sugar Bowl following the 2012 season and a 33-23 win over Florida in the game. Louisville had an overall record of 11-2 last season and Strong is now 32-14 in his time with the Cardinals. In 2010, he led Louisville to a 7-6 record and a victory over Southern Mississippi in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. In 2011, the Cardinals were 7-6 and 5-2 in the BIG EAST to tie for first place. Louisville lost to North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl.

Prior to taking over the Louisville position, he was an assistant coach at Florida from 2003-09. He served as the defensive coordinator for the Gators since 2003 and was the associate head coach since 2005. Strong was also an assistant coach on the Gator staff from 1988-89 and 1991-94. Strong also had assistant coaching stints at South Carolina (1999-2002), Notre Dame (1995-98), Mississippi (1990) and Southern Illinois (1986-87). He is a 1983 graduate of Central Arkansas, where he was a three-time all-conference selection in football and two-time pick in track and field.

The Cardinals have won eight of their last 11 conference games, dating back to last season and also have won 18 of the last 21 overall contests.

The Cardinals are 2-0 on the road this season after a dominating 34-3 win over USF on Oct. 26. The Cardinals have won six of their last last conference road games under head coach Charlie Strong.

Louisville has won five-straight games away from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, last falling at Syracuse 45-26 on Nov. 10, 2012.

Louisville is one of 18 schools in the nation to return the exact same staff as the previous campaign.

Junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 20 with three touchdown strikes againt USF on Oct. 26.


Teddy Bridgewater, QB

  • American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (9/2)
  • American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (9/9)
  • American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (9/16) 
  • American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (10/28)
  • Maxwell Award Semifinalist

Preston Brown, LB

  • American Athletic Conference Honor Roll (9/9)

Lorenzo Mauldin, DE

  • American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (9/9)

Calvin Pryor, S

  • American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (9/9)
  • American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (10/14)
  • Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist

Louisville-UConn stat matchups

Louisville-UConn national rankings comparison

Wednesday UConn Football Links:

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Taking a step back … or trying to. [chris elsberry – ct post]

UConn in the NFL report: Week 9 [jim fuller – new haven register]

Football coaching rumor mill churns [john silver –]

UConn Big Underdog With Nothing To Lose But Another Game [hartford courant]

Winless Huskies return to the basics preparing for Louisville [republican-american]

Next Week:

UConn hits the road for a matchup next Saturday afternoon with the SMU Mustangs. Kick is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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