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UConn football future opponents: Week 6

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UConn will close out the first half of the season next week in Uptown New Orleans.

NCAA Football: Tulane at Army Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

In a game against an opponent that has been as dysfunctional as can be over the last few weeks, UConn football was dominated 48-22 by USF at Rentschler Field on Saturday. The Huskies have seven games left and wins will be hard to come by, especially against next week’s opponent.

Tulane (4-1) - Oct. 12

The Green Wave traveled up north to face Army at a sold out Michie Stadium and snapped the Black Knights’ 15-game home winning streak as the visitors emerged with a 42-33 win. Tulane gained 525 yards, including an impressive 324 on the ground. The Green Wave’s rushing total almost surpassed Army’s 363 total yards. No Tulane rushers gained 100 yards, but four of them surpassed the 50-yard mark. Corey Duphaine led the way at 75 yards, followed by Darius Bradwell (70 yards), Amare Jones (65 yards) and Cameron Carroll (55 yards), all of whom found the end zone. Quarterback Justin McMillan also scored on the ground and added another through the air on 15-of-21 passing for 201 yards. However, he lost two fumbles.

Houston (2-3) - Oct. 19

Houston took its bye week this week. The Cougars will be back in action on Oct. 12 at home against Cincinnati.

UMass (1-5) - Oct. 26

It was a new low for the Minutemen on Saturday. UMass traveled to play Florida International and gained merely 115 yards on offense on its way to a 44-0 defeat. The Minutemen held the ball for just 19:14, turned it over thrice and recorded just five first downs. On the other side of the ball, they allowed 541 yards and 26 first downs. Michael Curtis was 5-of-19 passing for 66 yards, with a pair of interceptions mixed in. Bilal Ally owned 24 of his team’s 38 rushing yards. Only two of UMass’ 12 possessions (not including the one ended by the half) were more than two minutes, of which none were more than 2:15.

Navy (3-1) - Nov. 1

In a thriller that was a dead heat in time of possession, yards, first downs and turnovers, the Midshipmen pulled out a 34-25 victory over Air Force and scored 13 points in the game’s final 23 seconds. Malcolm Perry was integral to Navy’s offense, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns, along with 5-of-7 passing for 144 yards. Nelson Smith added 82 more yards on the ground and also found the end zone twice. It wasn’t the cleanest game, with eight total fumbles and three turnovers for each side. However, upon completion of the contest, the cadets stormed the field, creating a pretty cool scene.

Cincinnati (4-1) - Nov. 9

Cincinnati hosted No. 18 UCF on Friday night and took a thrilling 27-24 victory. The Bearcats’ defense forced four turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown which helped offset the Knights’ advantage in first downs (28-to-18) and yards (423-to-341). Desmond Ridder was inconsistent passing the ball at 17-of-31 for 149 yards, but he did record two passing touchdowns — albeit against an interception. Michael Warren II had a strong game on the ground, attempting 23 rushes for 133 yards. The game also resulted in this epic tweet from the Bearcats’ official account.

ECU (3-3) - Nov. 23

ECU hosted Temple in a Thursday night affair and allowed 17 points in the second quarter, which proved the difference as the Owls went back to Philadelphia with a 27-17 win. ECU only gained 327 yards, including 229 yards passing from Holton Ahlers, who completed just 19 of his 39 passes. Ahlers did throw for two touchdowns but Temple stumped the Pirates on the ground, allowing just 98 yards rushing on 34 attempts — a measly 2.8 yards per carry. Demetrius Mauney led the way with 45 yards.

Temple (4-1) - Nov. 30

Temple traveled to Greenville and earned a 27-17 victory over the ECU Pirates. The Owls owned the time of possession battle, as they held the ball for over 35 minutes and recorded 29 first downs. Temple gained 490 yards on offense, led by running back Re’Mahn Davis. He rushed for 153 yards and found the end zone, as did Jager Gardner, who gained 60 yards rushing. Anthony Russo was 23-of-34 passing for 208 yards and added a touchdown through the air. Temple’s defense was strong in the second half, allowing just eight first downs, of which seven were on ECU’s final three drives. Meanwhile, the Owls extended a seven-point lead to a 17-point advantage and got a stranglehold on the game.