KICKOFF: 7:00 PM
TV: CBS Sports Network
ANNOUNCERS: Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Aaron Murray (analyst) and Cassie McKinney (sidelines)
RADIO: UConn IMG Radio Network (WTIC 1080 AM, WILI 1400 AM, WAVZ 1300 AM, WGCH 1490 AM); TuneIn; Sirius 119, XM 202
ANNOUNCERS: Joe D'Ambrosio (play-by-play), Wayne Norman (color analyst), Ken Sweitzer (sideline)
POINT SPREAD: BC - 21.5
SERIES HISTORY: The UConn Huskies and Boston College Eagles have met 13 times on the gridiron with the Eagles holding an 11-0-2 advantage. The series began in 1908 in Storrs when the two teams played to a scoreless tie.
By the Numbers:
1.125 - Millions of dollars UConn received for moving a home game to Fenway Park.
22,000 - Tickets in UConn’s allotment as the home team.
3.9 - Miles Boston College is playing from its home stadium as the road team.
29 - Percent chance the S&P+ projections are giving UConn to win this game. Boston College is 77th (Offense - 114, Defense - 35) in the overall efficiency rankings and UConn is 120th (Offense - 55, Defense - 127),
35.7% - Combined target rate for UConn’s leading receivers, Hergy Mayala (19.1%) and Quayvon Skanes (16.6%). Those two are tied for the team lead in receptions with 34. Mayala currently boasts a rock-solid 15.3 yards per catch. Skanes is the only player on the team who has recorded a reception in every game.
19 - UConn has 19 wins against ACC teams, including 2-0 against Duke, 5-4 against both Pittsburgh and Syracuse, and a respectable 4-6 record against Louisville and 2-2 against Virginia Tech. Still looking for a Boston College win though.
215 - Receptions by UConn receivers in total, surpassing last year’s total of 213 for all of 2016.
77 - This is BC’s 77th time playing football at Fenway Park.
5 - BC has five Connecticut natives on its roster, including their beast starting running back A.J. Dillon, a four-star recruit who has had a great true freshman season.
What to Watch For
Welcome To The David Pindell Era
Pindell will be starting this season’s final two games after playing his first full contest last week at UCF. He looked a lot better against the Knights than he did against FCS Holy Cross in the season opener, so that’s promising. For UConn to pull off an upset, it would help to see more progress from the junior college transfer.
His performance over the next two games will help determine how much optimism UConn fans can take into next season. The offense will be returning plenty of talent; it could be pretty good next year.
Anthony Brown was doing a really good job for BC this year before going down with a knee injury. His backup Darius Wade will be under center, which could hamper the marked advantage Vegas believes the Eagles have. If they can get Wade to cough up some extra turnovers, it would help the case
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has been refreshingly creative with his approach and has not been afraid to dial up the trick play. With Wildcat QB Donovan Williams and two other receivers who have played quarterback before in Keyion Dixon and Quayvon Skanes, maybe we’ll see the Huskies really open things up.
Guys like Arkeel Newsome, Luke Carrezola, and Foley Fatukasi have their last chance to get a statement win this season, as beating Boston College would be a breakthrough for the program and send a message to recruits across the region. They all know how it felt to beat No. 13 Houston and clinch a bowl berth. A win today wouldn't be on that level, but this would be a great silver lining for what has been an up-and-down, but mostly down, team through their collegiate career, mostly for reasons outside of their control.