No, you don’t have to add wolverines to the list of blood-thirsty creatures like fishers and the Montauk Monster, invading our state. I’m talking about the football team. According to The Hartford Courant, in 2010, the UConn football team will open their season against the legendary Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor. To return the favor, Michigan will play UConn to start the 2013 season in East Hartford.
Why is this news a big deal? For one thing, it will be one of the highest profile games in UConn history. It will give the program a lot of national exposure they just would not receive if they decided to open the season against, say, Central Connecticut.
While UConn has beaten every FCS opponent they’ve played the past few years, it gives the state’s football fans a collective yawn when they schedule these cupcake teams they’re supposed to blow out. But kudos to UConn for going out of conference to schedule a difficult game! They also have a series against Tennessee coming up in a few years. Oh boy…
Unlike some other big name, big tradition programs (*cough, cough Notre Dame, cough, cough*) Michigan is planning to give UConn the honor of playing them at their home stadium in East Hartford. The game should be a guaranteed sell out which will entertain the fans in our football mad not-averse state. While Michigan had a down season last year, it’s a safe bet by 2013 they could very well be back on top of the college football world.
It’s unlikely any of the players on the roster have played before 100,000 hostile fans before. Better start recruiting some speed, Coach Edsall! Good luck, UConn.