Connecticut @ Massachusetts
Current Records: Connecticut 0-6; Massachusetts 0-5
What to Know
The Massachusetts Minutemen need to shore up a defense that is allowing 47.2 points per game before their contest Saturday. The Minutemen and the Connecticut Huskies will face off in an FBS Independents battle at 3:30 p.m. ET at Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this matchup.
UMass was pulverized by the Toledo Rockets 45-7 last week. UMass was in a tough position by the half, with the score already sitting at 31 to nothing. One thing holding UMass back was the mediocre play of RB Kay'Ron Adams, who did not have his best game: he rushed for 23 yards on 12 carries.
Since the offense as a whole struggled to get points on the board, UMass' defense had to pick up the slack, as it got past Toledo's offensive line to sack the quarterback four times for a total loss of 13 yards. Leading the way was DL Josh Atwood and his two sacks. Those were the first sacks for Atwood through five games.
Meanwhile, it was a hard-fought game, but UConn had to settle for a 30-28 defeat against the Vanderbilt Commodores last week. Connecticut's loss came about despite a quality game from QB Steven Krajewski, who passed for two TDs and 265 yards on 34 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 42 yards.
Special teams collected ten points for the Huskies. K Joe McFadden delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
The Minutemen are expected to lose this next one by 3. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn't have high expectations for them since the squad is 1-3 ATS when expected to lose.
UMass found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 56-35 punch to the gut against UConn when the teams previously met two seasons ago. Can UMass avenge their defeat, or is history doomed to repeat itself? We'll soon find out.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium -- Amherst, Massachusetts
- TV: Flo Football
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Huskies are a 3-point favorite against the Minutemen, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Huskies as a 2-point favorite.
Massachusetts and Connecticut both have one win in their last two games.
- Oct 26, 2019 - Connecticut 56 vs. Massachusetts 35
- Oct 27, 2018 - Massachusetts 22 vs. Connecticut 17