Saturday, November 21, 2009
UConn-Notre Dame pregame ponderables
By Brian Bennett
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Greetings from Notre Dame Stadium, where it's sunny and 50 degrees -- a beautiful day for football.
It's Senior Day here at Notre Dame, but there's a decided lack of a buzz around the stadium. A 6-4 record and rampant speculation will do that. I talked to a lot of people in the press box, and nobody thinks Charlie Weis will be back next year, for whatever that's worth. Losing to UConn would almost assuredly seal his fate; beating the Huskies wouldn't do much to convince his detractors.
As for today's game, it should be a pretty good matchup. The stats, believe it or not, are pretty even between the two teams. UConn is averaging 29.7 points and allowing 23.6 per game, while the Irish are scoring 29.3 points per game and giving up 23.3. (And who would have guessed the Huskies would have a higher-scoring offense than Notre Dame?) Both teams, of course, have played just about every game on a tightrope.
UConn sold 3,800 tickets to this game out of a possible 5,000. It's the first time the Huskies have ever played Notre Dame. They are the 137th different opponent for the Irish all time.