The Teams: Michigan (3-0) at
Connecticut (0-2) The History: Michigan won the first game in the
series, 30-10, in Ann Arbor in 2010. The Depth Charts:Connecticut
and Michigan The Place: Rentschler Field, Hartford, Conn. The Time: 8 p.m. EST The Line: Michigan -18 The Broadcast: ABC Regional Coverage The Updates:Follow
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plays that killed us were the flat-out big plays, and for
the most part, they were self-inflicted. We came up with
some turnovers. They fumbled the ball twice, there's an
interception, two fourth-and-1 stops and a field goal.
"You start to add these things up, you're supposed to win
the game when that happens. But you're not going to win
those games if you give up those other [big] plays."
-- Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni on the Huskies' biggest
defensive concern right now.
By the Numbers
TheWolverine.com speaks Huskies play-by-play commentator
Joe D'Ambrosio about the game and how big this game is
for UConn and its fans. Click
here to hear the conversation.
Confidence: TheWolverine.com writer Chris Balas
says a focused Michigan team should handle the Huskies.
here to read why.
Hanlon: John Borton and former U-M offensive
line coach Jerry Hanlon break down Connecticut and the
keys to the game. Click
here to listen.
The number of sacks Michigan has collected through three
games - a number that Michigan coach Brady Hoke and
defensive coordinator Greg Mattison are not happy with. 9:
The number of sacks
Connecticut has given up in their two games (four to Towson,
five to Maryland). The Wolverines should be be able to get
home this weekend. 78.7: Devin Gardner's average rushing
yards per game. He is seventh nationally in rushing yards by
1. Devin Gardner, redshirt
junior quarterback: Character is judged not by a poor
performance, but by how one responds to it. After Gardner
turned the ball over four times (three interceptions and a
fumble) in last week's 28-24 squeaker over lowly Akron, the
quarterback has said all the right things and stayed focus
all week. Now, he's got to show it against UConn.
2. Fitzgerald Toussaint,
fifth-year senior running back: No Michigan running
back has gone for over 100 yards since Toussaint had 120
against Ohio State in 2011. Connecticut has been ripped on
the ground by both Towson and Maryland, giving up an average
of 212.5 rushing yards in those two games. If the Toussaint
doesn't have holes to run through, it's going to be very
3. Chandler Whitmer,
redshirt junior quarterback: If there has been a
bright spot for the Huskies through their 0-2 start, it has
been Whitmer and the passing game. Whitmer is 28th
nationally in passing, with 277.5 yards per game. He's
completing 60.5 percent of his passes and has three
touchdowns and three picks.
4. Frank Clark, junior
defensive end: As we pointed out above, Connecticut
has had some serious trouble keeping defenses off Whitmer,
with nine sacks allowed in two games. Clark, who built so
much offseason hype, has yet to record a sack, despite
coming into the season with a double-digit sack total as a
goal. Clark needs to get going this week.
5. Yawin Smallwood, junior
linebacker: Smallwood is No. 1 nationally in tackles
per game (15.0) after posting an impressive 30 takedowns in
the Huskies' first two games. Michigan has to get the
running game going Saturday night - and Smallwood will be
the Wolverines' biggest obstacle in that challenge.