Game time: 3:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 25, 2021
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East Hartford, CT
Where to watch: CBS Sports Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Wyoming -30; O/U 56; Wyoming -12500, UConn +3500
BetMGM: Wyoming -29.5; O/U 55.5
Caesars: Wyoming -30; O/U 56; Wyoming -10000, UConn +2000
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Wyoming - UConn preview and analysis
Wyoming: won 45-12 vs. Ball State on Sept. 18
UConn: lost 52-21 at Army on Sept. 18.
There’s not really much to talk about with the Connecticut Huskies these days.
Buried in the depths of college football, losing to the likes of Holy Cross and one of two programs that would lose by 100 to an SEC opponent (hello, UNLV), UConn’s slow, agonizing season continues Saturday when it hosts the undefeated Wyoming Cowboys out of the Mountain West.
Rentschler Field is the place where football programs come to die. There is no incentive for teams to go there unless they want a free win. Because any program that loses to UConn this year should be banished for all eternity.
Teams who don’t cover against UConn should also be laughed at, but not completely removed from the world. The Army Black Knights were in the earlier category, despite winning 52-21 on Saturday at West Point and not covering the 34-point spread their way.
UConn’s offense is down-right abysmal. Somehow the group is averaging 12 points per game, which is 12 more than you could possibly think. Now comes Wyoming, a team with a stifling defense and is favored by four touchdowns against the Huskies.
The Cowboys are coming off a 45-12 win over Ball State on Saturday despite only 378 total yards of offense. Ball State mustered only 260.
Fresh off surviving a scare against Northern Illinois that resulted in a 50-43 win two weeks ago, Wyoming is one of only three teams in the Mountain West that’s undefeated (joining Utah State and San Diego State), and that will likely continue this week.
Sean Chambers may not have the youthful exuberance of a Hank Bachmeier from Boise State or the talent like a Carson Strong from Nevada - Reno, or even the rocket arm of a Jake Haener from Fresno State, but he’s a solid game manager.
This should be a piece of cake for Wyoming, and what I’d expect to be an easy cover. Purdue shut UConn out at home with relative ease, and if that defense travels well to the northeast, expect something along the lines of a shutout. Wyoming wins by 49
Wyoming is 8-5 against the spread and 10-3 straight up as a favorite in the last 13 games.
Wyoming is 13-3 ATS following home wins by 28 points or more.
UConn has lost 13 straight as a home underdog straight up, but are 5-8 ATS.
Players to watch
Wyoming: Watch for the run game to take over and make an easy day for the offense. Xazavian Valladay could be due for a big day if things go according to plan.
UConn: All eyes are on quarterback Jack Zergiotis because it’ll be up to him to even keep them in this game. Zergiotis has three touchdowns and three interceptions this season.
Passing: Sean Chambers -- 601 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Xazavian Valladay -- 239 yards, 3 TD
Receiving: Isaiah Neyor -- 203 yards, 2 TD
Defense: Chad Muma -- 33 tackles,1 sack, 2 INT
Passing: Jack Zergiotis -- 235 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Kevin Mensah -- 122 yards
Receiving: Keelan Marion -- 75 yards, 2 TD
Defense: Jackson Mitchell -- 44 tackles, 0.5 sacks
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