Former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will make his head coaching debut Friday night when he leads UConn in its season opener against BYU.
The Huskies lost their first nine games of the season last year and fired coach Paul Pasqualoni after the first four. But with Casey Cochran under center, UConn managed to win their last three games, including a 45-10 rout of Memphis in their season finale.
BYU is coming off a much more successful season. The Cougars won 7 of 9 after a 1-2 start to earn a bid in the Fight Hunger Bowl, which they lost 31-16 to Washington.
Here’s what you need to know about the game and how to watch it:
WHO: BYU at UConn
WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. Eastern
WHERE: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut
LINE: BYU by 15
LIVE STREAM: If ESPN is part of your cable subscription, you can watch online for free at WatchESPN.com for desktop and on the WatchESPN app for mobile and tablet. You’ll need a cable provider log-in to access the stream.
HEAVY’S PICK: BYU 34, UConn 24