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TheRoundUp 9/2: Oh so close

The Associated Press: Shoemate gets chance to play tailback at UConn
Connecticut tailback D.J. Shoemate still wears his 2009 Rose Bowl championship ring. The junior, who transferred to UConn from Southern California this summer, says he's not trying to show off to any of his new teammates, but instead wears the ring as a reminder of what it takes to become a champion.

Big East predictions: Week 1 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Connecticut 31, Michigan 28: I've been driving -- or at least, riding shotgun -- on the Huskies' bandwagon all offseason. So while the Wolverines' speed scares me ... I'm going with the confidence factor. I'm confident that UConn can run the ball, play fundamentally strong and not get rattled at the Big House ... Huskies on a late field goal.  (Aside to Brian Bennett: Don't worry about sitting shotgun, we're happy to drive this bandwagon all the way to the BCS.)

When Wolverines Attack Huskies: A Michigan vs. UConn Football Preview - Maize n Brew
A very well-done preview of this Saturday's matchup, complete with a reverse-jinx pick of UConn winning a close one.

Blogger debate: Michigan vs. Connecticut - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Connecticut at Michigan is one of the more intriguing opening-week matchups. The Wolverines desperately need to get off to a good start, while UConn has drawn a lot of offseason buzz. Plus, the biggest Big House yet makes its debut. Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg and Big East blogger Brian Bennett break it all down.  

UConn-Michigan Coverage Map
Here's your TV outlook for Saturday. The west gets the game on ESPN2, but it is on ABC for much of the country's population centers.

SNY Announces Plans For UConn Football Coverage

Passion Play – UConn Football 2010 " UConn Today
Nice promotional clip from the University

Mailbag Question, 9/1: Enosch Wolf and Niels Giffey - UCONN | Men's Basketball
Here's your update on the German Invasion: Niels Giffey is in Storrs and ready to go. Homeland security is holding up Wolf (what can I say, it is tough to get a weapon like him on a plane - pun!) but UConn hopes his situation will be resolved by next week.

UConn benefits from no-call, red card in season opener - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
The "what-if’s" were plentiful at Joe Morrone Stadium on Wednesday night. Fortunately for the UConn men’s soccer team, two key scenarios played out in its favor in its season-opening 2-0 victory over St. Francis (N.Y.) before 3,163 fans.