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Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ UConn Huskies

The UConn Huskies will host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday  at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT at 12 p.m.

The Line:

According to DocsSports.com odds, Rutgers is favored by 2.5 points and the over/under is 48.5 points

Tickets:

According to UConn Huskies ticket office, there are still tickets available to Saturday'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.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television:

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Marc Kestecher is on play-by-play with Rene Ingoglia doing color.

The game will also be available on Watch ESPN.

Radio:

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.

UConn football on home Saturday dates gets going early with “Breakfast At The Rent” with Ray Dunaway and Scott Gray beginning at 6:00 a.m. For noon games, the UConn Tailgate Show will air from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The pregame show begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the game and then postgame “Husky Talk” with Nathan.

The Rutgers game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 92 and XM 190.

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:   Dec. 2 – 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Radio:

All Rutgers football games will be broadcast over the Rutgers Radio Network to 50,000 watt WOR 710-AM in New York City, Central Jersey's WCTC 1450-AM and 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

Chris Carlin (play-by-play), Ray Lucas (color analyst), Eric LeGrand (color analyst) and Anthony Fucilli (sideline) have the call.

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Last Week:

UConn picked up its first win of the season beating the Temple Owls 28-21 on the road. Rutgers lost to the UCF Knights 41-17.

History:

Saturday’s game will be the 33rd meeting between UConn and Rutgers in a series that dates back to 1940. The Scarlet Knights hold a 22-10 edge and a 6-5 record over the past 11 meetings.

Connections:

UConn has seven players on its team from New Jersey: FB Jazzmar Clax (Freehold), LB Ryan Donohue (Montvale), WR-P Blake Feagles (Ridgewood), OT Richard Levy (Trenton), WR Shakim Phillips (Paterson), OG Tyler Samra (Wycoff) and DT Shamar Stephen (Brookville).

The Rutgers roster does not have any Connecticut natives on it.

Former UConn assistant coach Norries Wilson (1999-2005) is the assistant head coach and running backs coach at Rutgers.

1981 UConn graduate Darrell Wilson is the defensive secondary coach at Rutgers..He was a DB at UConn and earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1980 and was a member of UConn’s All-100th Anniversary Team in 1998.

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, Yawin Smallwood and Lyle McCombs, who was named a captain last week by Weist.

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 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.

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

The following players were named Game Ball winners in UConn’s win over Temple last Saturday: Offense: Geremy Davis; Defense: Yawin Smallwood, Tim Willman; Special Teams: Cole Wagner.

The 21-point deficit that the Huskies overcame to beat Temple on Saturday was the largest since UConn entered the FBS in 2002. UConn trailed Temple 21-0 but came back to post the 28-21 win. The previous high was 17 points, when Western Michigan led UConn 17-0 in the second quarter on Nov. 1, 2003, but came back to win 41-27. UConn overcame 14-point deficits to top Notre Dame (2009), Pittsburgh (2006), Duke (2004) and Ohio (2002).

UConn’s 2013 schedule is currently ranked the 36th toughest in the nation out of 127. The ranking is based on the records of past and future opponents. UConn’s schedule is the toughest in the American. Virginia Tech is ranked No. 1 this week, followed by Indiana, Tennessee, Purdue and Utah.

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

Lyle McCombs is 35 rushing attempts away from tying Donald Brown's record of 698.

Yawin Smallwood was named American Defensive Player Of The Week after his game-clinching 59 yard interception return touchdown.

Casey Cochran scored the game-tying touchdown on a one-yard run vs. Temple, the first rushing TD for a UConn QB this season.

Cochran is now 1-1 as the starter at QB. Chandler Whitmer was 0-4 as was Tim Boyle.

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 – 118th at 291.6 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 118th at 87.7 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 87th at 203.9 yards per game (8th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 116th at 17.4 points per game (9th American)
  • Total Defense – 62nd at 399.4 yards per game (6th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 41st at 148.8 yards per game (7th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 93rd at 138.52 points (7th American)
  • Scoring Defense – 100th at 33.0 points per game (9th American)
  • Ind. Tackles – Yawin Smallwood, 15th at 10.2 tackles per game (3rd 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

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs UConn Huskies stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent Rutgers:

Here is the video from Rutgers Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood's press conference.

Here is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2013 roster and schedule.

Here is the Rutgers Scarlet Knights depth chart for the game.

Kyle Flood is in his second year as the head coach at Rutgers and is in his second year as a collegiate head coach. Last season, he led Rutgers to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Rutgers won a share of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship and he also shared BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors. He has an overall record of 14-9 heading into Saturday’s game vs. UConn. Flood had served on the Rutgers staff for the previous seven seasons and also had assistant coaching stints at C.W. Post (1995-96), Hofstra (1997-2001), Delaware (2002-05). He was part of the coaching staff that led the Blue Hens to the 2003 NCAA FCS Championship.

Rutgers captains are senior defensive tackle Jamil Merrell, senior linebacker Jamal Merrell, junior wide receiver Brandon Coleman and junior quarterback Gary Nova.

Rutgers plays its final road game as a member of the American Athletic Conference Saturday at UConn. RU joined the BIG EAST in 1991 as the league changed names to the American Athletic Conference in 2013.

Rutgers is set to join the Big Ten on July 1, 2014. The Scarlet Knights face Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan State and Maryland on the road in Big Ten play next season. Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana visit RU in 2014.

IF Rutgers wins on Saturday, it would give them six wins and make them bowl-eligible for the eighth time in the last nine years.

One staple of the Rutgers defense over the last decade has been its ability to stop the run. The Scarlet Knights are 11th nationally in rushing defense allowing 106.4 yards per game.

Rutgers is 40th nationally in kickoff returns with an average return of 22.7 yards. The Scarlet Knights are one of seven teams nationally with two kickoff returns for a touchdown this year.

Senior Chas Dodd will start at quarterback for Rutgers this weekend at UConn. The South Carolina native is making his first start under center since the 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Dodd is 8-8 as a starter in his career, including a 1-1 mark against UConn.

Redshirt freshman middle linebacker Steve Longa earned his first career start at Fresno State in the season-opener. It also extended a streak going back to 2010 of having a Saddle Brook native as the starting MLB on the Rutgers’ defense.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights statisical rankings in NCAA/American

Friday UConn Football Links:

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Report: Virginia Tech DC expected to interview for UConn job [jim fuller - new haven register]

AAC Power Rankings: Week 14 [john silver - snyuconn.com]

With 2 Games Left, UConn Football Team Looks To Finish Strong [hartford courant]

Many Names To Consider For UConn Football Head Coaching Job [hartford courant]

Next Week:

UConn finishes off the 2013 season at home next Saturday against the Memphis Tigers. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and it's Senior Day for UConn.

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