EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Less than 10 minutes away from kickoff, the rain has just began to fall on Rentschler Field this Saturday afternoon as UConn (6-1, 2-0 Big East) is getting ready to host No. 11 South Florida (6-1, 1-1) at 3:30 p.m.
UConn is currently on top of the Big East, with a 2-0 record while South Florida sits third behind Rutgers at 1-1.
Just as it did in the Huskies 21-17 upset victory against Louisville Oct. 19, the weather will play a factor in today's game. The forecast for the central Connecticut area shows precipitation on and off during the first half of the game.
Fans will likely be charged up for this afternoon's game, as it is the first time in school history that the Huskies hold a top-25 ranking in any poll. They currently sit 23rd in the Bowl Championship Series Standings.
But currently, Rentschler Field is at only 20 percent capacity, but such is the normal case for Huskies fans. The stadium will most likely fill rapidly as the game is underway.
Today will see a match-up of two of the best defenses in the nation -- the Bulls and the Huskies rank 12th and sixth in total defense, respectively.
Coming of a strong effort against one the nation's top quarterbacks in Louisville's Brian Brohm, who threw two interceptions and was held in check for the majority of the game, UConn's defense will have to switch gears a bit as they must account for a double-threat in South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe.
Grothe's legs have been just as much a weapon as his arm this season. Coming into today's game against the Huskies, Grothe leads the Bulls in both passing and rushing with five touchdowns on the ground and eight through the air.
The Huskies will likely pay more attention to Grothe, as he ran all over the UConn defense Oct. 7 of last season. Grothe ran for three scores, leading the Bulls to a 38-16 win.
UConn's counterpart behind center is Tyler Lorenzen, a junior college transfer that has given the Huskies some stability in the passing game.
The Huskies come onto the field in all-blue uniforms while South Florida sports white jerseys with dark green pants and gold helmets.
Stay tuned for further updates as the game progresses.