UConn vs Maryland: Gameday Preview and Predictions

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Randy returns. Pasqualoni era potentially on the line. Boo Birds expected to fly in flocks. Welcome to UConn-Maryland.

Revenge against Randy part two begins tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Get your popcorn and/or voodoo dolls ready.

We’ll have live coverage for you from The Rent all night, as the Paul Pasqualoni era likely hangs in the balance given no. 12 Michigan comes to town next weekend. An 0-3 start would seem to be insurmountable for this team, which is (in case somehow, miraculously, you didn’t hear already) in the midst of the toughest schedule in the history of the program.

But, enough of this future-talk.

Join our live thread beginning right before kickoff and until then, here’s all you need to know about UConn (0-1) vs. Maryland (2-0) tonight in East Hartford.

COVERAGE

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VEGAS, BABY

Maryland is favored everywhere you look by anywhere from 5.5 to 8 points. The over/under seems to hover around 46-47 points.

GET CAUGHT UP

For a last look at how the UConn offense will match up with the Maryland defense, click here. To see how the UConn defense needs to slow the explosive Terrapin offense, click here. Lastly, here’s the interview we did with the folks over at Testudo Times, Maryland’s SB Nation headquarters.

WEATHER

65 degrees and mostly cloudy at kickoff. Temperatures will drop to the low 60s by game’s end. Beautiful night for football.

INJURIES

UConn

RT Kevin Friend will start for the Huskies after missing the Towson game due to a concussion.

Probable: C Tyler Bullock (leg), DE Jesse Joseph (knee)

Out: CB David Stevenson (suspension), WR Kamal Abrams (knee), DB Andrew Adams (shoulder), RB Joe Williams (suspension)

Maryland

Out: CB Jeremiah Johnson (Toe)

UNIFORMS

UConn will be in their home uniforms featuring blue tops, white pants and the most unfortunate helmet in college football.

Maryland will don white tops, black pants and black helmets as seen here.

PREDICTIONS

Aman: Maryland, 28-13

As I predicted in our exchange with Testudo Times, I think we lose and it won't really be very close. I'd love to have reason to believe otherwise, but two weeks ago Maryland's in-state little brother came into our house and soundly whipped us. The Terps have dangerous offensive weapons and a defense that can keep our pop-gun offense in check.

Andrew: Maryland, 27-20

There is no doubt in my mind the Huskies will play better tonight than they did against Towson. It's just a matter of how much. I think this is a close game until at least midway through the second half, when C.J. Brown, Stefon Diggs or Deon Long breaks a big play. UConn is weakest where it can't afford to be against Maryland—pass defense— and it eventually hurts them to a point where they can't recover.

Mac: Maryland, 31-10

The last time I made a prediction on this blog, I assumed UConn would take every winnable game on its schedule and finish 8-4. Then they went out and took a dump on the field in East Hartford and lost to Towson 33-18. I wish I could say this game will be different, but Maryland has looked much stronger so far this year than they did in Edsall's first two years and clearly has talent in areas that will give UConn trouble. UConn will probably keep it close early, maybe even taking a 10-7 lead into halftime, but eventually the game will get away from them and Maryland will pull away.

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