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UConn football vs. Yale Bulldogs: How to watch, by the numbers, what to watch for

Interim head coach Lou Spanos should be back on the sidelines for Saturday’s game.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 18 Holy Cross at Yale
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KICKOFF: 12:00 P.M. ET

TV: CBS Sports Network

ANNOUNCERS: Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (color analyst

RADIO: UConn IMG Radio Network; Varsity Network App; 97.9 ESPN Hartford, WINE 940 AM, WGCH 1490 AM, WICC 600 AM, WAVZ 1300 AM, WATR 1320 AM WILI 1400 AM and 95.3 FM

ANNOUNCERS: Mike Crispino (play-by-play), Wayne Norman (color analyst), Adam Giardino (sideline), Bob Joyce (pregame host)

RECORDS: UConn (0-7), Yale (2-2)

LAST WEEK: UMass kept UConn winless with a 27-13 win; Yale fell to Dartmouth, 24-17 in overtime

POINT SPREAD: Yale -3.5

OVER/UNDER: 46.5

SERIES HISTORY: The UConn Huskies and Yale Bulldogs have met 49 times on the gridiron with the Bulldogs holding a 32-17 advantage.

DEPTH CHART: UConn; Yale

OPPONENT PREVIEW: Yale

WEATHER FORECAST: East Hartford, CT


Fun With Numbers

722 - The number of days between UConn football wins (as of game day)

780 - Number of days since UConn football has won a game at Rentschler Field (as of game day)

136 - Career-high in rushing yards for Nate Carter in loss to UMass

59.1% - ESPN’s FPI percentage for a Yale win

1998 - The year in which UConn and Yale last played. UConn won 63-21

48 - Number of matchups between the two teams played at Yale Bowl out of 49

74 - Tackles by sophomore linebacker Jackson Mitchell which leads the country

10.2 - Average number of tackles by Mitchell which is seventh best in the country


What to watch for

Sweet Lou Spanos is back

With Lou Spanos off the sidelines against UMass, missing a week do to COVID-19 protocols, the Huskies came out flat, completely devoid of any of the new coach bump that came against Wyoming and Vanderbilt.

The Huskies seemed like a completely different set of players during those two games, gaining more total yards of offense against Vanderbilt and Wyoming than during the first four games of the season combined, and half of that was played without arguably their best offensive player in Tyler Phommachanh.

Has Spanos’ hiatus from the sidelines killed all momentum that UConn was able to grab from the early season coaching change, or will the Huskies perk back up with their interim coach on the sidelines again?

Points Galore

Outside of UMass, MTSU has the dubious honor of holding the worst defense on UConn’s schedule this year, ranking 116 in that category in SP+. Playing them at home should give the Huskies an advantage, and might be just what backup quarterback Steven Krajewski needs to build his confidence up as he fills in the big shoes of Phommachanh.

Krajewski won’t be alone in his quest to put points on the board, of course. Keelan has stood out against the field as Krajewski’s No. 1 option, with blazing speed, acrobatic grabs and 182 yards on eight receptions against Vanderbilt and UMass.

Now, of course, UConn’s defense is prone to giving up points, as showcased all this year, so expect a wild and entertaining game in East Hartford.