12:05 pm
September 17

Connecticut @ #4 Michigan

Who will WIN this matchup?

Connecticut Huskies (1-2)

@ #4 Michigan Wolverines (2-0)


Current odds:

Connecticut Huskies: (+2400)

Michigan Wolverines: (-10000)


• The spread for this game is Michigan by 47.5 points.

• No. 4 Michigan dismantled overmatched opponents in its first two games, with another opportunity to continue the early trend against visiting UConn on Saturday. Along the way, there still were decisions the Wolverines needed to make.

• Michigan’s quarterback controversy was settled — at least for the time being — when coach Jim Harbaugh named J.J. McCarthy his starter after the Wolverines blasted Hawaii 56-10 on Saturday. Cade McNamara, last year’s starter and opening-game starter this season, has been relegated to backup duty.

• McCarthy completed all but one of his 12 pass attempts against Hawaii for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He also has been a bigger running threat than McNamara with 66 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Colorado State.

• McNamara, who passed for 2,576 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, heard some boos when he replaced McCarthy during the Hawaii blowout.

• McNamara has completed 54.2 percent of his passes over the first two games, while McCarthy has completed 93.8 percent.

• Blake Corum has led the rushing attack, but the Wolverines have used a variety of ballcarriers. Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in the opener. That number increased to five against Hawaii. Corum has scored twice while averaging 7.5 yards per carry.

• The Wolverines will wrap up their non-conference schedule on Saturday. Their chase to defend last season’s Big Ten championship will begin Sept. 24 against Maryland.

• UConn dropped to 1-2 with a 48-14 home loss to Syracuse on Saturday. The Huskies’ defense was torched for 470 total yards and 29 first downs.

• UConn already has been hit hard by injuries. Starting quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson is out for the season with a torn ACL. Running back Brian Brewton came away with a fractured shoulder against Syracuse. Wide receivers Cam Ross (broken foot) and Keelan Marion (broken collarbone) also are sidelined.

• Freshman quarterback Zion Turner completed 14 of 17 passes Saturday but for just 92 yards, and 56 came on one pass.

• The programs have faced each other just twice, with Michigan prevailing in 2010 and 2013.

StreakSmarter Pick
#4 Michigan Wolverines