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Michigan Wolverines @ UConn Huskies

The UConn Huskies will host the No. 15/14 Michigan Wolverines Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Rentchler Field in East Hartford, CT.

The Line:

According to odds, Michigan is favored by 17.5 points and the over/under is 51 points.


According to UConn Huskies ticket office, the game is sold out.

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.



Saturday’s game will be televised by ABC as one of two split national telecasts along with Texas vs. Kansas State. Sean McDonough is on play-by-play, Chris Spielman is on color and Shannon Spake will be on the sidelines. The game will be available on ESPN3.

Michigan/UConn coverage map


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

For Saturday’s game vs. Michigan, radio coverage on WTIC will kickoff at 4 p.m. with “Ray at The Rent” featuring morning show host Ray Dunaway. The UConn Tailgate show with Nathan and Bob Joyce is at 5:30 p.m, and network coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the pregame show.

The Michigan game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 139 and XM 198.

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. Coach Paul Pasqualoni 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:  Sept. 23 – 6:00-7:00 p.m; Oct. 7 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Oct. 14 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Oct. 21 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov. 4 – 7:00-8:00 p.m.; Nov. 11 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov.18 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Nov.25 – 6:00-7:00 p.m. and Dec. 2 – 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Michigan Wolverines Radio:

The Michigan Football Radio Network is comprised of 40 affiliates in addition to Armed Services Radio and SiriusXM (channels 139 and 198). Frank Beckmann handles playby- play with Jim Brandstatter serving as the color analyst. Doug Karsch provides sideline reports.

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Last Week:

UConn lost at home to the Maryland Terrapins 32-21. The Michigan Wolverines won a nailbiter 24-21 over the Akron Zips.


Saturday’s game is the second meeting between the two schools as the Wolverines posted a 30-10 win over the Huskies on Sept. 4, 2010 before a crowd of 113,090 at Ann Arbor, a game that served as the re-dedication of Michigan Stadium.


UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel is a 1990 Michigan graduate and was a defensive end for the Wolverines during his playing career and also earned letters in track. Manuel also holds a master’s degree in social work and an MBA from Michigan. He also worked at the school as an Associate and Assistant Athletic Director from 1998-2005.

UConn Senior Associate Director of Athletics Doug Gnodtke holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Michigan and was an assistant to the Athletic Director at the school.

UConn Director of Football Alumni and Community Affairs Andy Baylock earned his master’s from Michigan in 1962.

There are no Connecticut natives on the Michigan roster and there are no Michigan natives on the Huskies.

UConn Notes:

Here are is the video from head coach Paul Pasqualoni's press conference. If you don't have time to watch, here are the quotes Pasqualoni'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.

UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni was the final all-time winningest coach in BIG EAST Conference league wins with 67 and overall wins with 115. He was just one of two league coaches in history to win four BIG EAST Championships. His overall college coaching record stands at 151-92-1 (34-17 at WCSU, 107-59-1 at Syracuse and 10-16 at UConn).

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.

The ticket for the Michigan game features D.J. Hernandez celebrating a successful two-point conversion in UConn’s double-overtime win over Pittsburgh in 2006.

With temporary seating added for the game, the largest attendance in the ten-year history of Rentschler Field is anticipated.

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

Connecticut boasts a 45-24 record against non-conference opponents in the regular season since making the move to the FBS in 2002.

UConn has posted the following records in non-conference regular season games: 6-6 (2002), 9-3 (2003), 4-1 (2004), 3-1 (2005), 3-2 (2006), 4-1 (2007), 4-1 (2008), 4-1 (2009), 3-2 (2010), 2-3 (2011) and 3-2 (2012).

UConn is 34-22 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 loss to Towson and Maryland

UConn stands at 45-18 all-time at Rentschler Field including a 25-9 mark in non-conference games.

Saturday’s game is the fourth time in school history that Connecticut has played against a Big Ten school. UConn won a pair of games against Indiana — at home on August 30, 2003 (34-10 win in the dedication game of Rentschler Field) and in Bloomington with a 14-7 win on September 23, 2006. The Huskies lost to Michigan in ’10.

Saturday’s game vs. Michigan will mark the 21st time in school history that the Huskies faced a team ranked in the Associated Press poll at the time of the game. UConn has a 2-18 record in those games with the two wins coming vs. No. 19 Louisville on November 24, 2012 by a 23-20 score in triple overtime and on Oct. 27, 2007 with a 22-15 win over No. 11 USF.

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 – 103rd at 336.5 yards per game (8th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 122nd at 59.0 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 37th at 277.5 yards per game (5th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 101st at 19.5 ppg (7th American)
  • Total Defense – 101st at 449.5 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 104th at 215.0 yards per game (10th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 94th at 145.83 rating (8th American)
  • Scoring Defense – 95th at 32.5 yards per game (8th American)
  • Ind. Tackle – Yawin Smallwood, 1st at 15.0 per game (1st in American)
  • Receptions Per Game – Shakim Phillips, 20th at 7.5 (4th American)
  • Receiving Yards Per Game – Shakim Phillips, 7th at 127.5 (1st in American)
  • Completions Per Game – Chandler Whitmer, 22nd at 22.5 (2nd American)
  • Passing Yards Per Game – Chandler Whitmer, 28th at 277.5 (3rd American)
  • Total Offense – Chandler Whitmer, 43rd at 257.7 yards per game (4th American)

Yawin Smallwood Awards Watch Lists for 2013 season:

  • Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • Bednarik Award
  • Butkus Award

Lyle McCombs Awards Watch Lists For 2013 season:

  • Doak Walker Award

Michigan Wolverines vs UConn Huskies stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent Michigan:

Here is the video from Michigan head coach Brady Hoke's press conference.

Here is the Michigan Wolverines 2013 roster and schedule.

Here is the Michigan depth chart for the game.

Brady Hoke is in his third year as the head coach at Michigan and has a record of 22-7 at the school and an overall head coaching record of 69-57 in 11 seasons. He led Michigan to a win in the Sugar Bowl after the 2011 season and the team played in the Outback Bowl last year. Hoke was the head coach at Ball State with a 34-38 record from 2003-08 and the team played in bowl games in his final two years there. He was the head coach at San Diego State from 2009-10 with a 13-12 record. Hoke has had assistant coaching stops at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86), Toledo (1987-89), Oregon State (1989-94) and Michigan (1995-2002). Hoke is a 1981 graduate of Ball State, where he played linebacker.

Saturday’s game at Connecticut marks the first time that U-M has played a non-conference game on the East Coast since playing at Boston College on Sept. 16, 1995.

The U-M football team elected four players, seniors Taylor Lewan, Courtney Avery and Cam Gordon and senior/junior Jake Ryan, as captains for the 134th team in school history. It marks the third time in Michigan Football history the team will have four captains.

Four of Michigan’s 12 regular-season opponents posted 10+ victories in 2012 — Ohio State (12-0), Notre Dame (12-1), Northwestern (10-3) and Nebraska (10-4).

Michigan leads the nation in wins (906), followed by Texas (868) and Notre Dame (867). Michigan’s 906 victories are the most of any institution in all divisions of college football.

The Wolverines are the sixth oldest football program in NCAA history:

  • Princeton -144
  • Rutgers – 144
  • Yale – 141
  • Harvard – 139
  • Pennsylvania – 137
  • Michigan – 134
  • Amherst – 133
  • Navy – 132

U-M head football coach Brady Hoke announced earlier this season that senior defensive back Courtney Avery, sophomore tight end Devin Funchess, fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon and senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner will don Michigan Football Legends numbers this season.

  • Avery, a team co-captain and three-year letterman, will wear No. 11 in honor of Francis, Albert and Alvin Wistert.
  • Funchess, who was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All- America Team in 2012, will wear Ron Kramer’s No. 87 jersey for the remainder of his career.
  • Gallon, who has 84 career receptions for 1,331 yards and eight touchdowns, will don No. 21 in honor of 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.
  • Gardner will wear the No. 98 jersey for the remainder of his career in honor of the Wolverines’ first Heisman Trophy winner, Tom Harmon. Gardner switched to No. 98 from No. 12 prior to the Michigan-Notre Dame game on Sept. 7.

2013 Awards for Michigan players:


  • Davey O’Brien Trophy (watch list)
  • Maxwell Award (watch list)
  • Davey O’Brien Award Quarterback of the Week (vs.
  • Notre Dame 9/7)
  • Athlon Sports Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Notre Dame 9/7)
  • Manning Star of the Week (vs. Notre Dame 9/7)


  • • Rotary Lombardi Award (watch list)


  • • Lou Groza Award (watch list)


  • Maxwell Award (watch list)
  • Outland Trophy (watch list)
  • Rotary Lombardi Award (watch list)
  • Walter Camp Award (watch list)
  • Preseason All-American (first team)
  • Walter Camp Preseason All-American (first team)
  • Associated Press Preseason All-American (first team)
  • Preseason All-American (first team)
  • Sporting News Preseason All-American (first team)


  • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Notre Dame 9/7)
  • College Sports Madness National Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Notre Dame 9/7)
  • College Football Performance Award National Wide Receiver of the Week (vs. Notre Dame 9/7)

WR Jeremy Gallon has posted a reception in 29 straight games.

QB Devin Gardner has recorded at least two touchdowns in eight consecutive games.

K Brendan Gibbons has converted 114-straight PATs, which ranks second in program history behind J.D. Carlson (126, 1988-91).

Michigan Wolverines statistical rankings

Friday UConn Football Links:

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Lots Of Unofficial Visits For UConn Football This Weekend [desmond conner – hartford courant]

Why this UConn game is so important [lee lewis – republican-american]

No quick fixes on O-line [john silver –]

Recruiting roundup: Plenty of visits for Michigan [john silver –]

The Blitz: Michigan [uconn huskies youtube]

Know Your Foe: Michigan [uconn huskies youtube]

Pasqualoni Optimistic About Getting Some Hurt Players Back [hartford courant]

Next Week:

UConn heads out on the road for the first time in 2013 as they'll take on the Buffalo Bulls at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday (9/28).

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