At a glance

BYU (0-0) at Connecticut (0-0)

Friday 5 p.m. MDT

Rentschler Field (40,000)

Natural grass


Radio: 1160 AM

Weather: Partly cloudy skies, with temperatures in the low 70s at kickoff.

The stakes

For Connecticut … The Huskies are playing their first game under first-year coach Bob Diaco, and would love to open the Diaco era with a victory.

For BYU … The Cougars are looking to start the 2014 season off on the right foot in front of a national television audience. With a trip to Texas coming up next week, this is a game BYU needs to win.

The trends

For Connecticut … After starting the 2013 season 0-9, the Huskies won their final three games of the season.

For BYU … The Cougars are 16-2 all-time against teams from the American Athletic Conference. BYU saw its streak of six consecutive season-opening wins snapped last year at Virginia.

The edge

Connecticut will win if … The Huskies can keep BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and the rest of the offense off the field for long stretches by sustaining long drives that result in points.

BYU will win if … The Cougars are able to do what they weren’t able to do effectively last season — score consistently in the red zone.

Player to watch

Casey Cochran, UConn: The sophomore quarterback won a battle in fall camp with redshirt senior Chandler Whitmer. Cochran played in eight games last season and started the final four, leading the Huskies to a 3-1 record. Against Memphis last December, Cochran threw for 461 yards and four touchdowns.

Key matchup

BYU’S WIDE RECEIVERS vs. CONNECTICUT’S DEFENSIVE SECONDARY: The Cougars’ receiving corps, including Mitch Mathews and Jordan Leslie, will test a solid Husky secondary with Jhavon Williams and Byron Jones. The secondary likes to play man coverage.

Injury report

CONNECTICUT: Right tackle Andreas Knappe, a 6-foot-8, 300-pound sophomore, is expected to be out with a leg injury.

BYU: Wide receiver Nick Kurtz suffered a fracture in his foot during fall camp and is expected to be out a few more weeks.

Next week

The Cougars visit Texas next Saturday (5:30 p.m. MDT, Fox S 1). UConn hosts Stony Brook next Saturday.