Dec 1, 2012; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies running back Lyle McCombs (43) celebrates with teammates after his touchdown run during the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rentschler Field. The Bearcats defeated UConn, 34-17. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan, Edsall's Return Highlight UConn's 2013 Non-Conference Schedule

This fall, fans of the University of Connecticut’s football team will get to witness the return of former coach Randy Edsall, the man arguably most responsible for putting UConn on the national map. However, his return is being significantly overshadowed by the first ever visit of one of the most storied teams in college football history.

Back in 2010, the Edsall-led Huskies opened their season on the road in front of 113,090 fans at “The Big House” in Ann Arbor. Denard Robinson surgically tore apart the UConn defense, leading the Wolverines to a 30-10 victory in front of – at the time – the largest attendance in college football history.

Michigan fans left the stadium that day with a bourgeoning sense of confidence, only to see their hopes crushed over a disappointing 7-5 campaign, followed by an embarrassing 52-12 loss to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.  Rich Rodriguez was out, Brady Hoke was in and the Wolverines were rebuilding yet again.

Meanwhile, UConn eventually ended up winning the Big East Conference in 2010 and earning its first ever BCS Bowl game, a terrific feat considering it was only their seventh year in the conference.  Nonetheless, Edsall’s abrupt departure the day after the Fiesta Bowl defeat demonstrated the dynamics of the NCAA head-coaching carousel and left many worried about the state of the program.  That worry was for good reason as UConn has had consecutive mediocre 5-7 seasons under head coach Paul Pasqualoni.

This season, the second contest of the home and home agreement signed between UConn and Michigan will take place onSaturday, September 21 in what is shaping up to be one of the most expensive tickets for any non-conference matchup this season. According to Easy Seat, the average ticket price for UConn Michigan Football tickets is at $199.44 currently, over 400% higher than the average ticket price for UConn’s six other home games this year ($45.)  Fans looking for the cheapest tickets will come across ticket listings north of $100.

This is by far the most expensive game in UConn football history for a wide variety of factors.  Michigan is clearly the best program to ever pay a visit to the small, 40,000 capacity Rentschler Field over the past decade.  Combine a storied program used to accommodating 100,000+ fans for home games with a stadium that holds only 40,000, and you’ll end up with skyrocketing prices.

Also, other than trips to Notre Dame every other year, Michigan very rarely schedules a non-conference road opponent, having not occurred since 2003 when the Wolverines visited Oregon.  The rarity of Michigan visiting the Northeast will be subdued beginning next year when they begin to face Big 10 newcomer Rutgers in New Jersey every other year, but it surely isn’t stopping demand for tickets this fall. Michigan alums and fans in New England are scrambling to see their team this fall, leaving many Huskies fans digging deeper and deeper into their pockets.

Oh and the week before the much anticipated UConn-Michigan game?  Randy Edsall returns to East Hartford, leading his Maryland Terapins.  The average ticket price is presently at $51.57 with a get-in price of only $27.

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