KICKOFF: 7:30 P.M. ET
ANNOUNCERS: Brian Custer (play-by-play), Kelly Stauffer (color analyst)
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Crispino (play-by-play), Wayne Norman (color analyst), Adam Giardino (sideline), Bob Joyce (pregame host)
RECORDS: UConn (0-5), Vanderbilt (1-3)
POINT SPREAD: Vanderbilt - 14.5
SERIES HISTORY: The UConn Huskies and Vanderbilt Commodores have met three times on the gridiron. The Commodores hold a 2-1 advantage with UConn winning back in 2010.
OPPONENT PREVIEW: Vanderbilt
WEATHER FORECAST: Nashville, TN
Fun With Numbers
708 - The number of days between UConn football wins (as of game day)
54 - Total tackles by linebacker Jackson Mitchell which leads the country. His 10.8 tackles per game is good for seventh best
34.40 - Yards per game in penalties by the young Huskies which is 12th best in the country
2-3 - UConn’s record against the spread
35 - Career starts by offensive tackle Ryan Van Demark
34 - Career starts by the rest of the offensive line
44.13 - Average yards per punt by Vanderbilt’s Harrison Smith which puts him second in the SEC
1 - Number of players on UConn from Tennessee (DB Stan Cross)
1 - Number of players on Vanderbilt from Connecticut (TE Thomas Smith)
What to watch for
The official Sickos game of the week?
UConn football has covered the spread each of the past two weeks, and came as close as ever to winning an FBS game last weekend against Wyoming, but the fact that they’re mere two-score underdogs to an honest-to-goodness SEC team this Saturday seems like a miracle.
But Vanderbilt is a special kind of bad this year, and according to SP+, only four places ahead of UConn as of week four. Their only win this year came against Colorado State, eking out a 24-21 victory on September 11. They were battered 65-0 against Georgia, trailing by 30 after just one quarter, and got throttled by FCS Eastern Tennessee State (23-3) and Stanford (41-23). Vanderbilt is in the mother of all rebuilding years, and UConn might have the chance to capture an SEC win by the end of the weekend.
You can be forgiven if watching a game between a botton-feeder SEC program and a boggom feeder FBS program isn’t appealing to you.