Gametime/TV: 3:30 on CBS Sports Network
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Broadcast Team: Ben Holden and Kevin O'Connell
Radio: WTIC-AM - Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman, Kevin Nathan
Vegas Line: UCONN -5
Forecast: 44, chilly and mostly sunny.
History: UConn leads the series 4-1. The last meeting was a 2006 win by Connecticut at Rentschler Field, 21-7
Injuries:ARMY: LB Andrew King - Doubtful (Ankle), OT Drew Hennessy - Questionable (Undisclosed), RB Tony Giovannelli - Out (Head), DB Geoffrey Bacon - Out Indefinitely (Ankle), OL Justin Gilbert - Out for season (Knee); UCONN: WR Geremy Davis - Probable (Ankle), DB Ellis Marder - Questionable (Leg), CB Byron Jones - Out for season (Shoulder), OL Dalton Gifford - Out Indefinitely (Leg), DL Angelo Pruitt - Out for season (Leg), OL Bryan Paull - Out for season (Upper body), and Casey Cochran who has retired due to repeated concussions
The coolest thing about this game is that it's being played in the mecca of all baseball stadiums, Yankee Stadium. For at least one sporting event this year in Yankee Stadium, both Red Sox and Yankees fans from Connecticut can root for the same team. Well, unless you root for Army.
Bob Diaco's UConn Huskies (2-6) are looking for their second victory in a row against Army (2-6). There is reason to think the Huskies can get the win considering the way the offense has been playing over the last couple of weeks. It can be even better if the offensive line gets better at run blocking to help spring Arkeel Newsome or Ron Johnson for a couple of big runs. If not, expect to see a lot more of the Wildcat with Deshon Foxx in at quarterback like we saw last week to try to confuse the defense.
This week, if the Huskies are to get the victory against Army, the defense will have to be mentally sharp, as Army employs the little-used triple option. Currently, Army ranks sixth in the nation in rushing yards per game, with 294.8. The Huskies, however, happen to be pretty good at stopping the run- with the rush defense currently ranked 30th in the country. So this will definitely be a match-up of strength versus strength and should make for an exciting game to watch.
Against a triple-option offense, a defense needs to be mindful of the occasional pass. Let's just hope the secondary can have the type of game they had against UCF.
I think the Huskies offense will continue to surprise people and play much like they did against ECU, as Army sells out to stop the Huskies running game and dares Whitmer to beat them through the air.
Prediction: UConn wins 24-10