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The Open Thread: Rutgers at UConn, 12pm, ESPNU

Can we really win two in a row?

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The UConn Football Huskies, fresh off a thrilling come from behind victory for their first win of the season, come home to the Rent to finish the season with two winnable games- today at noon against Rutgers and fellow cellar dweller Memphis next week.

After that, we can pack up our things and mercifully put an end to this season from hell.


This will be the last time these two schools face each other as conference "rivals." Rutgers owns the advantage in the historical series, which dates back to 1940, 22-10. Although, in the last eleven meetings, the edge is only 6-5 and seven of the past eleven games were decided by a touchdown or less. They will be leaving for the much, much greener pastures of the Big 10.

This year, Rutgers comes into town having lost four of their last five after starting the season 4-1, leaving them teetering on the brink of bowl eligibility. With UConn and USF remaining on their schedule, Scarlet Knight fans (if that's even a thing) probably feel that a bowl game is a foregone conclusion.

Not so fast. This UConn team, despite their terrible record, does sport a very solid defense and an offense which can appear competent at times. The Huskies third starting QB of the season, redshirt freshman Casey Cochran, will be starting his third game and is beginning to look more comfortable in the offense. Rutgers, on the other hand, is starting backup quarterback Chas Dodd over struggling incumbent Gary Nova. Interestingly enough, Dodd was actually the starter for the Scarlet Knights the last time they played at UConn: a 40-22 Huskies win which dashed Rutgers' Big East title hopes. Hopefully UConn can play the part of spoiler again today.

This is the Open Thread, the game will be televised on ESPNU so be sure to catch the action.

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