It’s finally here. The day we’ve all been waiting for.
Tonight, the best team to ever come into Rentschler will take the field against our Huskies, and will be doing so in front of primetime viewership.
There’s a lot at stake here tonight. How will the Rent look under the lights of prime time? Will UConn fans outnumber Michigan's? Which Michigan team will show up, the one that beat Notre Dame or the one that almost lost to Akron? What doesn’t seem to be in question according to the prognosticators and sharps in Vegas is who will win the game. Nevertheless, Akron came into the Big House last week and nearly pulled off a major upset; it’s not crazy to believe that we could be just as frisky against a young Michigan team (that has struggled on the road under Brady Hoke) playing their first road game of season.
Each year of the glorious Pasqualoni era has seen the Huskies beat a team they had no business beating, maybe this could be the one for 2013. Any given Saturday people. That’s why they play the game. Third sports cliché to round out this paragraph.
Also, don’t forget, today we’re running our #ROCKTHERENT contest. Send us your wildest tailgate pics for a chance to win the hot new Olliewood shirt!
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Read Andrew Callahan’s film preview to get a glimpse into what it would take to pull off the upset- seriously, he does great work. We also exchanged Q&A’s with SB Nations Michigan site, Maize n Brew, here is ours and then the one we did for them here.
By the way, because we have yet to mention it here, Michigan is Warde Manuel's alma matter. He donned the Maize and Blue from '86-'89 before suffering a career ending injury. I wonder how he must feel going into this game.
Michigan is the heavy favorite, giving between 17 and 20 points depending on your source with the over/under at 51.5-52.
69 degrees and mostly cloudy at kickoff with a 30 percent chance of rain at kickoff in lovely East Hartford, Connecticut.
Probable: S Courtney Avery (knee), OT Taylor Lewan (leg), TE A.J. Williams (ankle), LB Cam Gordon (undisclosed)
Questionable: DE Mario Ojemudia (shoulder)
Out: LB Jake Ryan (knee), RB Drake Johnson (knee), WR Amara Darboh (foot), QB Russell Bellomy (knee), P Will Hagerup (suspension)
Probable: C Tyler Bullock (ankle)
Questionable: WR Shakim Phillips (hamstring), RT Kevin Friend (ankle), LB Graham Stewart (ankle)
Out: S Andrew Adams (shoulder), WR Kamal Abrams (knee)
UConn will be in their home uniforms featuring blue tops, white pants and the helmet that Callahan, along with most of the world, doesn’t seem to like.I think it’s kinda cool but I guess I’m in the minority of people who like the new logo and think the uniforms are fine.
Michigan will be wearing white tops, yellow pants and their signature helmet.
Aman: Michigan, 38-17
Michigan will be focused coming off the near loss at the hands of Akron. Maybe that game was an aberration, maybe Michigan isn’t all that good but what I do know is that we’re terrible. To win we need to force a lot of turnovers and for the sputtering offense to somehow find its way, something it has struggled to do thus far against lesser opponents. The uber optimist in me is hoping that we lost our first two games because we’re rope-a-doping Michigan, but that is just wishful thinking. Michigan has more talent, a better coach, and will have solid to great fan representation at a stadium 700 miles away from Ann Arbor in middle of nowhere Connecticut. I just hope we don’t embarrass ourselves on national television.
Andrew: Michigan, 40-16
Bottom line: This third game won't be the charm for UConn's first win. The Huskies need too much to right for them, too much to go wrong for Michigan and frankly, they're catching the Wolverines at a poor time. I think UConn will hang for a couple quarters, but the big plays needed to stay in this game aren't there—particularly if Phillips is out and/or Friend isn't healthy enough to protect. In addition, the Husky pass rush, which has yet to notch a sack in two games, now goes against the best offensive line it will set. Advantage Michigan, across the board.