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

The UConn football team will be back on the gridiron for the first time since they ended the 2019 season.

Fresno State v Utah State Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images


TV: CBS Sports Network

ANNOUNCERS: Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (color analyst), Lindsay Rhodes (sideline)

RADIO: UConn IMG Radio Network; TuneIn; 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 (0-0), Fresno State (0-0)

POINT SPREAD: Fresno State -27.5


SERIES HISTORY: The UConn Huskies and Fresno State Bulldogs have never met in football before.

DEPTH CHART: UConn; Fresno State

OPPONENT PREVIEW: Fresno State Bulldogs


Be sure to get up to speed on the Huskies’ offense and defense with our positional previews.

Fun With Numbers

637 - The number of days between UConn football games (as of game day)

4 - UConn’s Diamond Harrell, Tre Wortham, D.J. Morgan, and Nilay Upadhyayula all hail from California

105 - The forecasted temperature at Bulldog Stadium on Saturday. Man, it’s a hot one!

1182 - Kevin Mensah yards running this season needed to break Donald Brown’s UConn career record

3048 - Distance in miles to Bulldog Stadium from the Burton Family Football Complex in Storrs

What to watch for

  • UConn football is playing a game for the first time in nearly two years. No matter how the season turns out, it just feels good to see the Huskies play football again.
  • No matter how good or bad this game starts, UConn is going to show some rust — that’s just what happens when you don't play football for a whole season. Can the Huskies shake off a lot of that rust against Fresno State and show some signs of life in the second half, or will UConn have to wait until they take on Holy Cross to really get going?
  • No matter what any of the coaches or players say, the heat will be a factor on Saturday. A kickoff temp of 105 degrees is no joke. For UConn, that probably means an even deeper rotation of players than what will likely be normal. Nonetheless, it will be a good opportunity to likely see a lot of the roster in live action against a solid opponent.
  • While we know offensive weapons like Cam Ross, Jay Rose and Kevin Mensah will be factors this season, we don't exactly know who will be getting them the ball. Will Randy Edsall alternate on some sort of schedule in game with Jack Zergiotis (Swaggy Z as the kids are calling him these days) and Steven Krajewski? Or will he pick one to start with and then try and ride the hot hand through the season? This probably the biggest and most interesting question for at least the first few games of the season, but it’s possible we truly may never get a straight answer on who will get the most snaps for each game under center.
  • Since Edsall returned to coach the Huskies, the defense has been... bad, to put it lightly. Fresno State is a pretty tough test for UConn defensively, as the Bulldogs return almost all of their major offensive weapons from last season. The Huskies probably won't win this game, and may give up some easy points, but if they can make a few stops down the stretch, it could be a sign that this unit took the year off to come together and improve.