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This week

Temple @ UCONN

The UCONN Huskies will host the Akron Zips from the MAC at 12 Noon at Rentschler Field on Saturday.

Here are the rosters for the Huskies and the Zips.

The Line/Prediction

According to USA Today, UCONN is favored by an average of 15 points.

My prediction is UCONN 31 Akron 17


As of the time of this post, there are tickets available.

Tickets to game, if available, may be purchased through Ticketmaster. You can check the availability here.

Getting To The Game

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.

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



For the 23rd time in UConn’s last 26 games the Huskies will appear on live television this week as the game is the BIG EAST Game of the Week and will be syndicated by ESPN Regional through much of the east coast and midwest. The game airs locally on WCTX MyTV9. Bob Wischusen has the call with John Congemi on color and Sarah Kustok reporting from the sidelines. Here is a list of all the stations covering the game.


For the 16th consecutive season, WTIC 1080-AM in Hartford serves as the flagship station for the UConn Radio Network. WTIC 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. The UConn pregame show begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff and is hosted by Bob Joyce, while at home games, the UConn Tailgate Show will air two and a half hours prior to the game with Arnold Dean. UConn football games are also broadcast over the internet at For a full list of stations on the WTIC/UCONN radio network, click here.

If you live in the Akron area and want the online radio feed, click here.

Last Week

UCONN beat Pittsburgh 34-14 in their Big East opener while Akron beat Kent State 27-20.


This is the 3rd time these two teams have met. UCONN leads the series to 2-zip (no pun intended). They last met in 2003 as Matt Nuzie hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired.


  • Akron defensive coordinator Jim Fleming was the head coach at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield from 2000-01, helping the Pioneers to a 21-1 record and the 2001 Division I-AA mid-major national championship
  • UCONN center Trey Tonsing played at Westlake HS in Maryland with Akron’s Shawn Lemon and Aaris Reed.
  • UCONN has two players from northeast Ohio in Corey Stringer (Warren) and Lindsey Witten (Cleveland)
  • Witten was high school teammates at Glenville with Akron’s Stephon Fuqua
  • UCONN’s Dennis Brown was a teammate of Akron’s Chevin Pace at Miami Central High School.

Other News:

UCONN is 7-7 vs teams in Ohio.

According to published reports, MAC officials have stated that the refs in the UCONN-Temple game blew the touchdown call late in the game.

This is the Zips final non-conference game of the season. They hope to get a win against a BCS school. Yes folks UCONN is BCS school since they play in the Big East.

Some writer who hasn’t seen UCONN play voted them 23rd last week. Hence the reason why they got votes in this week’s AP poll.

Ryan Henegan will only play this week if it’s an emergency. His knee is not fully healed yet.

Next Week

UCONN is off next week and heads to Virginia the week after for their final non-conference game of the season.