Well, here's some good news ahead of Saturday's Michigan-UConn game: Rentschler Field is officially sold out. According to SNY.com's John Silver, the school set up temporary seating near the scoreboard increasing capacity to roughly 42,000 (up from 40,000).
Now all the Huskies need to do is go out and pull off one of the biggest upsets in college football's young season. They are currently 17-point underdogs, and you could argue that a loss would make for even longer odds that coach Pasqualoni kept his job after the season.
UConn is currently 0-2 with back-to-back unimpressive showings, the first coming against FCS school Towson.
But the great thing about football is that you have a chance to redeem yourself in seven days. And now that opportunity comes on a national stage.
"What the seniors are going to soon start figuring out is, it doesn’t get any better than this,” Pasqualoni said, via the Norwich Bulletin. “Being at home for my senior year, playing against a quality opponent on TV. I don’t know how or when it gets better than that for a football player.”
The other side of that coin: If things get out of hand, it will be out there for everybody to see.
“A lot of us have been, I won’t say necessarily down, but we’re amped to play Michigan,” wide receiver Geremy Davis said. “Beating them would be a huge step in overcoming the first two games that we had.”
That said, a solid performance can only help recruiting. When you're coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons and currently sitting at 0-2, that's great news.
"“For our program -- from a recruiting standpoint, from an excitement standpoint, from a notion that you come to UConn, you’re going to have a chance to compete against the best and be the best -- I think it’s important,” Pasqualoni said. “So, I’m pretty excited.”
Hopefully, Pasqualoni sounds just as upbeat after the game.