When The Game has ended Saturday for better or worse another of particular interest will be underway - Connecticut at Notre Dame. Looking ahead this game features our first two 2010 opponents and has many story lines. Start with Charlie Weis' job status. If that is not already decided this game will have an obvious impact. When scheduled this was not a game ND ever envisioned as a potential loss but it could well be and that would be devastating.
Another annoying thing to many in Connecticut (I live there) is Notre Dame's arrogant refusal to play the return game at UCONN's home stadium. They would only schedule it at the new Giants/Jets stadium in the Meadowlands, which ND considers to be more or less home turf. Michigan is playing their return game in 2013 at UCONN's Rentschler Field.
This is a chance for many at this site to see UCONN for the first time. As aptly described here - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/16/sports/ncaafootball/16colleges.html?_r... - they are "plucky" to say the least. UCONN is 4-5 with several tough, close losses, notably to North Carolina and Cincinnati. While UCONN has not had top 20 recruiting classes they are a well coached team with some talent and will show up for this game. They had 4 players drafted relatively early in last year's NFL draft. UCONN does not have ND's blue chip stars but Randy Edsall will be the best coach on the field and that is worth something.
Enjoy the day and GO BLUE!!!