How to watch Michigan vs. UConn: Preview, TV schedule, odds and more

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Here's the information you need to follow the game on Saturday.

UConn is winless on the season, and it has lost both of its games by double digits, including the season-opening defeat to FCS Towson. That game really put pressure on Paul Pasqualoni, who has yet to deliver a winning season as the Huskies' head coach.

The Huskies followed that Towson loss by giving up 506 yards to Maryland, and at this point their once-reliable defense appears to be a mess. Now they have to contend with Michigan, and the timing probably couldn't be worse for Pasqualoni given the circumstances. Without a good showing, valid questions about whether or not Pasqualoni's tenure can be salvaged will grow louder.

Michigan is expected to roll in this one, but after the Wolverines needed a goal line stand to hold off a bad Akron team in Ann Arbor last weekend, what can we expect, really? Maybe Michigan is due another surprise. Or maybe UConn is dead on arrival. College football!

The numbers

Rankings and records: Michigan comes in at 3-0, while UConn is 0-2. These teams have met once before -- a 30-10 Michigan win in 2010. The Wolverines are ranked 15th in the AP Poll and 14th in the Coaches' Poll.

Vegas: Michigan opened as an 18-point favorite, while the over/under opened at 52.

Weather: A high of 76 is expected, and there is a 40 percent chance of rain.

Three names to know

Devin Gardner -- When there was doubt pervading the Big House, Gardner was there to answer all concerns. He is mistake-prone, but he's also leading Michigan in both passing and rushing yardage, which is, to put it generally, why last week ended up being a little more interesting than it needed to be.

Shakim Phillips -- UConn hasn't been known for its passing game in recent years, but Phillips is doing what he can to change that perception. Already this year he has 15 grabs for 255 yards and three scores -- UConn has only scored four touchdowns as a team.

The UConn defense -- The Huskies have yet to record a sack this season. Opponents are putting up about 33 points per game on them, and averaging 6.3 yards per play in the process. If UConn can't right this trend generally and, more specifically, get Michigan off schedule on a drive or three, plenty more trouble lies ahead.

Two things at stake

As alluded to earlier, Pasqualoni's job might partly be at stake here. Not that a victory heals all, by any means. But if this ends up getting ugly for the Huskies, keeping them winless in embarrassing fashion on national television, it might be what sparks a full-on disaster of a season, expediting Pasqualoni's exit.

Michigan needs to restore confidence after that near-debacle last weekend. Before last week, Michigan looked like a contender for the Big Ten title and that hasn't changed, exactly, but the Akron game did toss in a measure of confusion.

How to witness

TV: ABC (8 p.m. ET)

Radio: A list of Michigan's affiliates is here. UConn radio information is available here.

Further reading

For more on this contest, visit Maize 'n Brew and The UConn Blog.

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