During a college football season, we see our fair share of bad matchups. It doesn’t get much worse than UConn’s 0-5 record against 1-3 Vanderbilt this year. The Commodores have been in the SEC basement for a while now.
Clark Lea is the team’s first-year head coach, and they appear to be a team rebuilding under a new system. They did get a win, though, as they defeated Colorado State 24-21 to avenge an embarrassing Week 1 loss to East Tennessee State. They were defeated 62-0 by Georgia last weekend, surrendering 35 points in the first quarter. Then there’s UConn..
The Huskies were defeated 45-0 by Fresno State in their first game. The following week, they were defeated 38-28 by FCS team Holy Cross. After that game, Randy Edsall announced his end-of-year retirement, and he was promptly fired. After losses of 49-0 and 52-21 to Purdue and Army, respectively, they gave a good Wyoming team a run, falling 24-22. That is a significant improvement.
Unlike its SEC counterparts, Vanderbilt isn’t a week-in, week-out draw. With one of college football’s worst teams visiting Nashville, that is certainly the case. If you’re in the area right now, the get-in price on the secondary market is well below $10.
Get-in price for UConn at Vandy is $6 according to @StubHub
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 30, 2021
As Sports Illustrated ‘s Richard Johnson points out, seeing the Commodores and Huskies actually costs more in fees than buying tickets.
— Richard🇬🇾Johnson (@RJ_Writes) September 30, 2021
That’s a hefty price for such a dreadful game. Some parts of the college football world have taken notice of the game, but it’s for all the wrong reasons.
We have one of the most intriguing matchups of the entire season being played this week.
0-5 UConn vs. 1-3 Vanderbilt
Offensive Rankings –
• UConn: 126th
• Vandy: 129th
Defensive Rankings –
• UConn: 126th
• Vandy: 121st
ESPN FPI Rankings –
• UConn: 128th
• Vandy: 121st pic.twitter.com/1friBnfLWA
— CFB Kings (@CFBKings) September 28, 2021
I wrote about Vanderbilt, UConn, the various labels of “historically bad” and the ways both schools came to this specific matchup with this specific narrative: https://t.co/fml3konfu7
— Aria Gerson (@aria_gerson) September 30, 2021
there are people, not fans of either team, who are going to tune into UConn/Vanderbilt on purpose, not because they think it will be good, but because they know it will be bad, and they are morbidly curious just how bad it can get
— Aria Gerson (@aria_gerson) September 27, 2021
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