KICKOFF: 3:45 P.M. ET
ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Brown (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color analyst)
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Crispino (play-by-play), Wayne Norman (color analyst), Adam Giardino (sideline), Bob Joyce (pregame host)
RECORDS: UConn (1-4, 0-2); Tulane (4-1, 1-0)
POINT SPREAD: Tulane -34
SERIES HISTORY: The UConn Huskies and Tulane Green Wave have faced each other three times on the gridiron. The Green Wave hold a 2-1 advantage over the Huskies and haven’t played each other since the 2016 season.
Fun With Numbers
720 - On Saturday, UConn will be gunning for their first win against an FBS opponent in 720 days. Their last FBS win came against Tulsa on Oct. 21, 2017.
34 - Tulane is a 34 point favorite heading into their matchup with UConn, the largest spread for the Green Wave since 1998, when Tulane was a 35.5 point favorite against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Tulane defeated ULL 72-20.
9 - Only nine running backs in UConn history have rushed for more than 2,000 career yards. Kevin Mensah joined that club last Saturday with a 70-yard performance in the Huskies’ loss to USF.
5 - Tulane’s rushing offense ranks fifth in the country, averaging 283.4 yards per game. They’re led by Darius Bradwell, who has 325 yards on the year. Overall, six Green Wave players have at least 100 rushing yards this season.
What to watch for
60 minutes of hell for the UConn front seven
Tulane is fifth in the nation, averaging 283.4 yards per game on the ground, more than Wisconsin, Georgia and Alabama. They have four players with over 200 yards rushing on the year, three of whom are averaging over five yards per carry (the third is at 4.9).
The Huskies have faced explosive offenses this year, but nothing like Willie Fritz’s supercharged spread option. So far, they haven’t given too many signs that they’re up for the challenge. They’re 106th in the country in tackles for loss, 117th in yards per carry, and if there’s a chance that they win the game, it’ll start with slowing down Tulane’s rushing attack. Try to give up less than six yards per carry — they haven’t done it in conference play yet.
Let Beaudry cook
After being named week one starter, then suffering an undisclosed injury that kept him out over a month and having two younger quarterbacks named starter over him, Mike Beaudry had a respectable start against USF, going 18-29 for 209 yards and a touchdown.
Now he has a chance to build on it against Tulane, who — get this — has only faced one team with a better passing offense than UConn all year, FIU. Cam Ross has emerged as Beaudry’s favorite target, with seven catches against USF (the next-highest was Jay Rose with three).
Mensah keeps on trucking
As long as offense coordinator Frank Giufre gives Kevin Mensah the rock, Mensah will keep gaining 3.8 yards and a cloud of dust. The Huskies only run the ball 25 percent of the time, but when they do, odds are it’s going to the sophomore.
After becoming the ninth back in UConn history to rush for 2,000 career yards last week, Mensah will likely pass 1,000 yards rushing for the second season in a row.