University of Massachusetts Amherst Minutemen
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#107 UConn -10.5
vs. #108 UMass 63.5

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 3:30pm EDT
McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst
Written by Nick Raffoul
The UConn Huskies will head to Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon on Saturday evening for a rare winnable non-conference clash versus the UMass Minutemen These two teams come in with identical records, but they seem to ve trending in opposite directions right now. UConn (1-6) nearly stunned Houston last week, but ultimately fell short at home to take its sixth straight loss. Meanwhile, the Minutemen are trying to bounce back after another blowout loss on the road. UMass (1-6) has been much more competitive at home (1-2) this season, where they’ve scored 25.7 points per game compared to just 14.5 points per game on the road (0-4). Can the Minutemen get back on track against UConn in a battle of team’s featured in ESPN’s Bottom 10?

UConn confident in direction of football program

UConn will have a rare chance for a victory this week, as they enter Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium favored by 10.5 points over the Minutemen. The Huskies are fresh off a crushing 24-17 loss to Houston a week ago despite being tabbed as three-touchdown underdogs. UConn outgained the Cougars 438 to 283 in terms of total yardage, while controlling the clock for 36 minutes, but they were unable to pull off the upset at home. UConn’s Kevin Mensah was caught at the Cougars’ four-yard line on a 57-yard run and Houston forced a goal-line stand to preserve a seven-point lead. The Huskies scored just one touchdown to lose for the 22nd straight time against an FBS team. Freshman quarterback Jack Zergiotis threw for 270 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, while Mensah finished with a team-high 93 rushing yards. UConn's last win against an FBS opponent came against Tulsa on Oct. 21, 2017. https://twitter.com/UConnFootball/status/1186003008573919234 Last week, UConn’s defense was without a handful of key players, including D.J. Morgan, Tahj Herring-Wilson and Ryan Gilmartin, due to injury. Safeties Diamond Harrell and Tyler Coyle also left the game versus Houston and did not return.  Despite the Huskies’ continued struggles, athletic director David Benedict remains confident in the direction of UConn football. UConn will no longer be a part of the AAC next season. Instead, the Huskies will compete as an independent and build their entire slate from scratch, without conference games. The Huskies come into the week scoring just 16.7 points per game and allowing 38.1 points per game on defense. They have been outgained by an average of 112.5 yards per game (428.6 to 316.1) and UConn enters the week allowing 195.9 yards per game on the ground.
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