"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
So the University of Connecticut football team is set to fly out to Michigan on Friday. I am set to fly out Saturday morning....Only problem is, Hurricane Earl is set to hit New England on Friday/Saturday morning.
We can only hope that UCONN can fly out to MI, as well as myself.
So my wife and I were driving back to New York this weekend from Cape Cod, and wound up stopping by the Cabelas in Hartford, CT. As we pulled into the parking lot, I noticed that across the street is Rentschler Field, the home of the UConn Huskies. Once I got over the fact that UConn's stadium is about 30 miles from their campus, I decided to take a quick look with my dog, Zoltan. Yes, that last part is important.
The stadium looks like your typical new-ish stadium - lots of glass, sharp angles, nice-ish seating, big screen, etc. It also features a rather large Husky head, something my pup noticed almost immediately. Normally she is very good with distractions - I guess a byproduct of living in New York City. But one of the few things that consistently annoys/bothers her are large, innanimate depictions of dogs (such as the Petsmart in Troy, MI, which has a 6-foot labrador retreiver statute that she barked at repeatedly). So when she saw the Husky, I thought she was going to freak out a bit. Instead, she eyeballed it, growled a little, peed on the grass facing it, and then proceeded to walk away as if she couldn't be bothered.
Now, I'm not big on metaphors, but I see something with the way she responded to the Huskies. She loves wearing her UM collar, will sit with me whenever the game is on, and though one of her best friends is a Buckeye, she is still about as true Wolverine fan you can find in a dog. Like her namesake, she truly is a master of space and time, able to clear mid-sized fences in a single bound, jump about 4 feet vertically from a sit, and (to paraphrase Fred Jackson) juking ability that would make a Barry Sanders-Mike Hart hybrid blush. So if she is not intimidated by the Huskies, then the rest of the Wolverines shouldn't either. Bring on Saturday - I know my dog is ready.
The computer geniuses at "WhatifSports" suggest UConn beats Michigan a staggering 95% of the time with an average score of 38-23.
We'll certainly turn heads with a big win.
Edit: You can read about it on theuconnblog.com.
Will not be able to view the Michigan UConn game live. Desperately want to avoid hearing the outcome before I can watch it the next day(s). Again, what are the sites that play the re-play of Michigan games? And do the sites post the scores where you download the games?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Alright, so, I'm at work and I can only do a cursory examination. I'll dive in more deeply later tonight and get you some hard numbers, but here's an overview of what I've found so far.
Endres, the QB that just got suspended, is better than Frazer, the guy we'll face, by quite a bit, but it doesn't matter. In UConn wins and losses, they passed for anywhere between 150 and 350 yards, regardless of whether it was a win or a loss. Usually they ended up somewhere about 200 yards passing.
The real key to defeating them lies in the run. The magic number appears to be about 150 yards. Last season, when they were held under 150 yards rushing, they just couldn't pull off the win. They'd get close, but it inevitably ended up as a loss for them. Over 150, and they took it to their opponent pretty good. Makes sense, right? But WHY is this the magic number.
I maintain that we WANT this game to become a shoot out (to some extent). I believe that we will find that their defense lacks endurance, and that if we can force them to pass, keeping their D on the field longer, we will wear them out quickly. That seems to have been the case last year, and I look for it to be the case again this year.