What: This is the American Athletic Conference opener for the Huskies.
Where: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
UConn and Navy will meet for the first time since 2006. Navy holds a 6-1 advantage over the Huskies, but this will be the Midshipmen's first conference match-up as the newcomers in The American.
In their last time out, the Mids bested UConn 41-17. This is the only game the two have played at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
Their opening game came in 1975, but the Huskies only win in their 40-year history of playing Navy was in 2002. Terry Caulley rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Dan Orlovsky had 29 completions for 272 yards.
The Huskies are off to a 2-1 start this season with wins over Army and Villanova. They suffered a 9-6 loss last week on the road against Missouri.
With the win over Army, UConn is 19-9-4 all time against the current four service academies, including a 13-1-4 record against Coast Guard. They have never played Air Force and are 5-2 against Army.
The Huskies have a lot of youth in their line up with right guard Tyler Samra standing as the only senior in the starting offense in both the Army and Missouri games. Their youth will be an interesting contrast to Navy's veteran lineup, especially with the Mids senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds leading the charge. Here's what UConn coach Bob Diaco had to say on that matter (UConn, Sept. 22):
"I think one of the best things that is making him all of those things right now is that he's a senior, and he is surrounded by seniors. They have nine of the 11 starters on offense are seniors. And when you factor in the top 22, there is only a small handful, maybe four players, of all 22 that are not seniors. He's talented in terms of speed and quickness. He has a strong arm. He can go through read progressions and deal the football per coverage, which is not unique necessarily, but not all the option quarterbacks can do that especially when they're young. He has multi-layer reads. He's athletic and fast and tough. He also now doesn't make a wrong decision. When it's supposed to go to the fullback, it goes to the fullback. When he's supposed to pull, he pulls. When it has to go on the perimeter, it goes on the perimeter. He's very ball aware, and supported by a veteran group."