KICKOFF: 12:00 P.M. ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
ANNOUNCERS: Jason Horowitz (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (color analyst), Tina Cervasio (sideline)
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Crispino (play-by-play), Wayne Norman (color analyst), Adam Giardino (sideline), Bob Joyce (pregame host)
RECORDS: UConn (0-3), Army (2-0)
POINT SPREAD: Army -34.5
SERIES HISTORY: The UConn Huskies and Army Black Knights will meet for the eighth time on the gridiron. The Huskies hold a 5-2 advantage.
OPPONENT PREVIEW: Army
WEATHER FORECAST: West Point, NY
Fun With Numbers
694 - The number of days between UConn football wins (as of game day)
11 - Consecutive wins by Army at Miche Stadium
129 - UConn’s ranking in the SP+ (out of 130)
140 - Miles between the Burton Family Football Complex and Miche Stadium
298.5 - Average number of rushing yards by Army through two games.
What to watch for
Athletic director David Benedict brought in Noel Mazzone to serve as an offensive analyst this week. Mazzone spent decades as Power 5 offensive coordinator, most recently at UCLA, Texas A&M and spent 2019 and 2020 at Arizona. Anyone that has watched even a few snaps this season knows the Huskies’ offense is bad — it ranks last in FBS in points per play and 126th in offensive SP+ — but here’s hoping Mazzone, who as of now is only on the staff for the remainder of this week, was able to make a few tweaks to help the offense score its first touchdown of the season against an FBS opponent.
So far, the biggest change Lou Spanos has made as interim head coach was to put Steven Krajewski under center instead of opening day starter Jack Zergiotis. The results were mixed to say the least, but Krajewski showed enough promise to probably get another game as the starting quarterback. Spanos doesn’t necessarily feel the same though — he didn’t confirm Krajewski would start on Saturday despite being listed as the starter on the depth chart. If Krajewski doesn’t go, one presumes Zergiotis would get the first crack, but he’s listed as the backup alongside redshirt junior Micah Leon and freshman Tyler Phommachanh. It’s not impossible to think that UConn may trot out their third and possibly fourth quarterbacks of the season in this game, the Huskies’ fourth of 2021.
Spanos on the starting quarterback against Army.— Shawn McFarland (@McFarland_Shawn) September 15, 2021
Set the tone, but keep it going
For as bad as UConn has been already this season, they have been able to get out to strong starts. While the Huskies have been outscored 94-0 by FBS opponents this year, they’ve given up only 14 of those points in the first quarter, one touchdown in each of the two games. If UConn can stay in it after the first 15 minutes against Army, they’ll need to make the necessary adjustments to ensure they don’t get burned in the final 45 minutes like they have all season. That’s a tall but attainable task for a UConn defense going up against run-heavy team designed to break opponents down with long, sustained drives.
Army’s offensive onslaught
There’s no other way to put it - Army is one of the most dynamic offenses in the country. While the Black Knights do most of their damage on the ground with a triple-option offense executed with literal military precision, Army takes advantage of teams constantly guessing run with a handful of play action passes for big gains. The Black Knights currently rank seventh nationally with 298.5 ground yards per game and average just under 100 passing yards per game. UConn isn’t great against the run, ranking 100th nationally in rushing defense, but the Army offense serves as a major test for defensive tackle Travis Jones, who could easily become a first or second-day draft pick with a strong performance this season.