Weather perfect in Connecticut for BYU opener
Good morning from Hartford, Conn., everyone. For BYU, the college football season is finally here, as the Cougars take on UConn at 5 p.m. MDT tonight at Rentschler Field, which is actually in East Hartford, Conn.
The University of Connecticut's main campus is in Storrs, about 24 miles away. It's about a 30-minute drive, I've been told.
I was also told that the area is enjoying some perfect weather for late August the past few days — cooler and less humid than average.
Skies are sunny this morning, with about 65 percent humidity and no chance of rain. Temperature at kickoff should be in the high-70s.<
The Cougars have been here since Wednesday, and practiced at a local prep school in Windsor Locks before a walk-through at "the Ren," as locals call it.
Of course, BYU will not have all its starters for tonight's game. Read more about the suspensions here.
School officials confirmed Thursday night that Robertson Daniel and Jordan Johnson will not play and did not even make the trip. That's a shame, especially, for Johnson, who is from nearby Springfield, Mass., and would have been playing in front of tons of family and friends from the Brooks School in Springfield.
BYU players and coaches haven't spoken to print reporters since Monday. I'm cleaning out the ol' notebook this morning, however.
Here are some comments I haven't used in full this week as they relate to the season-opener.
Mendenhall on how he assesses UConn:
"Hard to say. They finished on a strong note, putting a nice streak together at the end of their season. Brand new staff on both sides. What that will look like in terms of chemistry, in terms of effort, in terms of personnel, even with schemes, hard to know. So that makes me more reserved, also, in terms of predicting the opener. So certainly capable. I have seen their personnel and they are certainly capable. What the team will look like, the focus has to go more back to us, because we can control that. Not sure what we will see from them."
Offensive coordinator Robert Anae on scoring in the red zone and whether they've solved that problem: