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UConn Huskies @ UCF Knights

The UConn Huskies are off to the land of make believe as they'll take on the UCF Knights at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, FL on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

The Line:

According to DocsSports.com odds, UCF is favored by 23.5 points. The over/under is 52.5 points.

Tickets:

According to Ticketmaster.com, there are plenty of seats available for the game.

Getting To The Game:

Here is the weather forecast for Orlando, FL.

Here is a seating chart for Bright House Networks Stadium. Here are directions and parking info for Bright House Networks Stadium. Here is everything you need to know about the fan guide for Bright House Networks Stadium.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television:

Saturday’s game will be televised as the American Athletic Conference Game of the Week thought ESPN Regional Television. Eamon McAnaney will handle play-by-play duties and is joined by former NFL tight end Anthony Becht on color, while Brooke Weisbrod is on the sidelines.

The game will be seen in Connecticut and the metropolitan New York area on SNY and will also be seen in such markets as Chicago (WCIU), Philadelphia (WPVI), Dallas-Ft. Worth (KTXD), Washington, D.C. (MASN), Houston (KUBE), Tampa-St. Petersburg (WFTS), Orlando (WKCF), Cincinnati (WKRC), San Antonio (KCWX) and Louisville (WHAS). Check here for other affiliates across the country.

The game, where available, can also be seen on WatchESPN.

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

The UCF game will also be available on Sirius Radio Channel 112 and XM 194.

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. 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.

UCF Knights Radio:

All football game broadcasts this fall will air on the UCF IMG Sports Network. WYGM 740-AM The Game is the 50,000-watt flagship Home of the Knights.

Marc Daniels (play-by-play), Pat O'Hara (analyst) and Jerry O'Neill (sideline) have the call.

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Last Week:

UConn was spanked by the Cincinnati Bearcats 41-16. UCF rallied to beat the Louisville Cardinals 38-35.

History:

Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between UConn and Central Florida in the sport of football. UCF joins Memphis as the second first-time opponent for the Huskies in 2013.

Connections:

The UConn roster has nine players from Florida on it – redshirt sophomore Tyree Clark (Tampa), redshirt freshman John Green (Miami), freshman Javon Hadley (Miami), redshirt freshman Ellis Marder (Windermere), redshirt junior Bryan Paull (Parkland), sophomore Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach), freshman Kyle Schafenacker (Cooper City), redshirt sophomore Brandon Steg (Coral Springs) and redshirt freshman Jhavon Wiliams (Wellington).

The UCF roster is dominated by Florida players and does not have a Connecticut native on it.

George O’Leary and former UConn head coach Randy Edsall coached together at Syracuse (1980-86) and Georgia Tech (1998), when O’Leary was the head coach and Edsall was the defensive coordinator.

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.

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 Cincinnati again.

Saturday’s game will be the 22nd time in school history that the Huskies have faced a team ranked in the Associated Press poll at the time of the game.

UCF is the second ranked opponent UConn has faced this year, after the Huskies fell 24-21 to then-No. 14/15 Michigan on Sept. 21

Tim Boyle became the first true freshman to start a game for UConn at quarterback since Shelton native Dan Orlovsky did on October 6, 2001 – a 19-0 win over Eastern Michigan. Orlovsky started 43 consecutive games over three-plus seasons, concluding his career with a win in the Huskies’ first-ever bowl appearance – the 2004 Motor City Bowl.

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 – 116th at 303.8 yards per game (9th American)
  • Rushing Offense – 121st at 74.3 yards per game (10th American)
  • Passing Offense – 64th at 229.5 yards per game (7th American)
  • Scoring Offense – 115th at 16.3 points per game (9th American)
  • Total Defense – 48th at 377.7 yards per game (6th American)
  • Rushing Defense – 74th at 171.5 yards per game (9th American)
  • Pass. Eff. Defense – 31st at 206.2 points (4th American)
  • Scoring Defense – 92nd at 30.7 points per game (9th American)
  • Ind. Tackles – Yawin Smallwood, 3rd at 12.8 tackles per game (2nd American)
  • Rec. Yards Per Game – Geremy Davis, 35th at 88.0 yard per game (3rd American)
  • Receptions Per Game – Geremy Davis, 49th at 5.3 per game (5th 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

UConn Huskies vs UCF Knights stat matchup

Notes from this week's opponent UCF:

Here is UCF's roster and 2013 schedule.

Here is the UCF depth chart.

George O’Leary is in his tenth season in charge of the UCF program and has guided the team to five bowl appearances during his tenure there, including a win in last year’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl. During UCF’s time in Conference USA, he led the Knights to two conference championships and four division titles.

O’Leary enters Saturday’s game with an overall head coaching record of 117-89 and a 65-56 mark at Central Florida. He also served as head coach at Georgia Tech with a 52-33 record from 1994-2001.

O”Leary also had assistant coaching stops at Syracuse (1980-86), Georgia Tech (1987-91), the San Diego Chargers (1992-93) and the Minnesota Vikings (2002-03). O’Leary is a native of Central Islip, N.Y. and is a 1969 graduate of New Hampshire.

The Knights boast a 5-1 overall record (2-0 in league play), marking their best six-game record since 1998 when they also started 5-1.

Saturday marks "Knights for Pink" day at the stadium, and the contest is being sponsored by the Orlando Utilities Commission.

Following its clash with the Huskies, the Knights will enter their third bye week of the season.

In the American Athletic Conference, UCF is facing UConn and Temple for the first time.

The Knights hold a 2-1 record against teams from Connecticut, defeating Yale (1993) and Southern Connecticut State (1988) while falling to New Haven (1988). All three of those games took place in Orlando and before UCF jumped to the FBS level in 1996.

This will be the second game at Bright House Networks Stadium against a school from New England (Boston College in 2011).

UCF carries a 5-2 record vs. programs from New England, having not played schools in either New Hampshire, Vermont or Rhode Island.

UCF is nationally ranked for the first time since the final 2010 rankings, checking in at No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Those 2010 polls had UCF at No. 21/20, as this year ties for the highest AP ranking in school history. UCF received 345 points in the AP Top 25, marking the most points ever for the Knights in either poll.

The Black and Gold also achieved its highest BCS ranking when it reached No. 23 in the first BCS standings of the year which were announced Oct. 20.

If UCF can pull out a win against UConn, it would be bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last nine years, and fourth time in the last five campaigns.

UCF NCAA/American Stats

Friday UConn Football Links:

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AAC Power Rankings: Central Florida on top [john silver - snyuconn.com]

Tale of the Tape: UConn vs. Cincinnati [the uconn blog]

UCF: A scouting report [the uconn blog]

UConn being hurt by lack of pressure on opposing QBs [ct post]

Bullock Apologizes For Letting UConn Teammates Down [hartford courant]

UConn's Midseason Report Card: Needs Improvement (A Lot) [hartford courant]

With UCF Up Next, It's Time For UConn Defense To Step Up [hartford courant]

Huskies aim to play with pressure [journal inquirer]

Tyler Bullock returning to starting lineup for UConn [new haven register]

Huskies' defense also has issues  [republican-american]

Winless Huskies have 2 ranked teams next on schedule [republican-american]

Norwalk's Thomas starting to contribute to UConn football team [the hour]

Next Week:

The Huskies have a bye next week. They'll return to action on Friday, November 8 when they host the Louisville Cardinals at Retnschler Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

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