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UConn football vs. Purdue Boilermakers: How to watch, by the numbers, what to watch for

How will UConn respond to Lou Spanos as their interim head coach?

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RECORDS: UConn (0-2), Purdue (1-0)

LAST WEEK: UConn fell to Holy Cross, 38-28; Purdue beat Oregon State, 30-21

POINT SPREAD: Purdue -34

OVER/UNDER: 58

SERIES HISTORY: The UConn Huskies and Purdue Boilermakers have never met on the gridiron.

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Fun With Numbers

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

1.8 - Average number of rushing yards per attempt by UConn

184.5 - Average total yards of offense in first two games

34 - The number of points the Huskies have been outscored (41-7) in the second quarter this season


What to watch for

This has been quite a week for UConn football fans, hasn’t it? In many ways, the departure of now-former head coach Randy Edsall, first voluntarily retiring at the end of the year, but seen after relieved of his head coaching duties immediately, lifts a weight off of many players’ shoulders.

With Edsall gone and Spanos in charge, the focus on UConn football shifts to the long term, i.e., who Dave Benedict will select to replace Edsall, and a galvanized locker room will come together to propel the Huskies to a few upsets along the way.

The first shakeup of the Lou Spanos era came almost immediately after he was announced as interim head coach. The depth chart for the Purdue game came out on Tuesday, as regularly scheduled, and after two weeks of Jack Zergiotis as a nailed-on starter, Steven Krajewski was at the top of the QB list.

Krajewski hasn’t really shined in the 17 snaps he’s taken so far in 2021, but he hasn’t been able to get in a groove either. His one start in 2019 came against UCF, going 22-33 through the air for 264 yards passing. Is he the man to breath life into UConn’s faded offense? Only time will tell.