UConn and Cincinnati both need a win Saturday to avoid an 0-3 start in the American Athletic Conference.
Both also are looking for big improvements at key offensive positions.
The Huskies (2-3, 0-2 American) come into their game with the Bearcats (3-2, 0-2) averaging just 350 yards a game, which ranks 104th among the 128 Bowl Subdivision teams. That includes just 124 yards per game on the ground.
Their leading rusher, Arkeel Newsome, has 224 yards on 58 carries. The Huskies quarterback, Bryant Shirreffs, has run the ball 84 times for 199 yards.
"I don't really don't have an interest in watching Bryant run and Arkeel not, said coach Bob Diaco. "For Arkeel to have six touches, it can't happen."
Cincinnati is looking for more production from the quarterback position, where Hayden Moore has missed two games with a high ankle sprain. Redshirt freshman Ross Trial threw three interceptions last week in a 40-25 loss to South Florida and has six interceptions and just one touchdown this season while filling in.
"The quarterback is the key to your engine," coach Tommy Tuberville said this week. He's the guy that gets you going, gets you in the right plays, motivates the players, gets all that stuff done.
The two are both listed at the top of this week's depth chart, but Tuberville has given Moore just a 25 percent chance of playing. Former starter Gunner Kiel still listed as third string, but Tuberville said he would choose his starter based on this week's practices. >> Read more