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POSTED September 09, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney



That’s a lot of bodies.

The number marks the attendance number at Michigan for Michigan/Notre Dame on Saturday night.

Let’s have some fun with that number.

This was an early season college football contest, granted between two storied schools who are not scheduled to meet again for a good while but an astounding number none the less.

Let’s go pro attendance.

The mighty New York Mets drew just over 100,000 fans over a five-game stretch on their last home stand.

And we all know that number is a bit, may I say inflated.

It took the Miami Marlins five games to go over the 115,000 mark (what does that tell Met fans when they Fish draw more than we do.) in late August in the Florida heat!

It gets worse if you head down to Houston for the lowly Astros who drew just 102,147 over a six-game period in late August.

Even the Red Sox take at least three-plus games to reach that mark with space-challenged Fenway Park.

Now, take that number and compare it to what the UConn Huskies may draw this season, sans the Maryland and Michigan games next up on their schedule.

An announced crowd of over 30,000 may have been a stretch to say the least but how often will the Huskies sell out this year?

Their next two games should be layups.

Randy Edsall makes his return to the Rent next Saturday with Maryland and if the fan base can’t get up for that, the Huskies may be in more trouble than they think.

When the Wolverines invade East Hartford a week later, they should bring a large contingent with them, they travel well.  

After that, who knows?

The last thing UConn needed was two weeks off after their 33-18 season opening loss to Towson (The Tigers demolished Holy Cross 49-7 on Saturday to go 2-0) but that’s how the schedule worked out.

It won’t be easy getting a win in either of the next two games, Michigan is simply a monster while the Terrapins looked terrific in their 47-10 dismantling of Old Dominion on Saturday to go to 2-0 on the year.

Maryland racked up 587 yards of total offense in the win and included scoring drives of 97 and 80-yards along the way.

The Huskies will face three key weapons on Saturday.

Running back Brandon Ross ran for 150-yards and a score while quarterback C.J. Brown threw for 275 and two scores.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught six passes, good for 179 yards and a score.

It’s a critical time for UConn football in the new American Athletic Conference and keeping their fan base engaged will be determined by how they play over the next two weeks.

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