The Huskies need a win at South Florida this weekend and Connecticut, only a few short years removed from D-1AA (now known as FCS) competition, will head to a BCS Bowl.
Of course Connecticut has lost it’s fair share of games this season. That fact is likely to cause some outrage amongst the elitist elite of college football. The Huskies have lost to Michigan (the very same Michigan with Greg Robinson as it’s defensive coordinator) and Temple (I don’t care how much better the Owls are, losing to Temple is never a good thing).
Say what they will, and they will say a lot, Connecticut has a lot of talent and the Huskies are rolling. Let’s take a look at the make up of the likely 2010 Big East Champion (Is this a reverse jinx? Do I put a lot of parentheses in a paragraph?)
Connecticut Offense – If you think I am going to put anything else under a category of ‘Connecticut Offense’ than Jordan Todman, then you are unfamiliar with this space on Fantasy College Blitz. Despite the fact that the Doak Walker Award committee didn’t see Todman fit, the Husky junior has rushed for 1,481 yards and 14 TDs. In Connecticut’s win over Cincinnati on Saturday Todman carried the ball 31 times (his fourth time with over 30 carries this season) for 175 yards and 3 TDs. Considering that Todman missed some game action with an injured hand, those numbers are even more impressive. It’s important to note that the Connecticut offensive line is one of the best run blocking fronts in the country.
There isn’t much to the Connecticut offense. Head coach Randy Edsall isn’t much for the spread options, the shotgun formations, or that fancy dancy passing the ball thing. There are three reasons behind the bland Husky offensive philosophy. First, to paraphrase the legendary Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim, if you had Jordan Todman at running back why would you give the ball to any else?
Secondly, Connecticut has played roulette with a bunch of crappy QBs. Zach Frazer was ineffective and benched for Cody Endres who was ineffective and benched, and kicked off the team too, for Frazer. For all the great RBs that Connecticut has had lately, Edsall seems to forget about that whole quarterback position thing.
Lastly, Edsall has been and always will be a run first type of guy. The Husky coach played for Dick MacPherson at Syracuse. Coach Mac taught Edsall the ways of run.
Connecticut Defense – In the latest BlitzIndex defense rankings the Husky D comes in at No. 25. Connecticut held Syracuse to 6 points at the Dome two weeks ago and this past Saturday the Huskies kept Cincinnati at 17. That’s the same Bearcat team that put up 69 points against a supposed good defense in Rutgers. In the preseason most thought the Huskies defense would be a reason the team would contend in the Big East, but it took until November before Connecticut started to round into form on that side of the ball. Of course, UConn opened at Michigan and Denard Robinson! That could stunt the growth of any defense. The defense is rising for Connecticut and their special teams have returned punts and kickoffs for scores this season as well.
There isn’t much to the potential Big East champions, but what’s there is rolling right now. As for the nation, they’ll have their way with the Huskies (and not in a good way), but we in Big East Land know they are boring enough and sneaky talented enough to beat an over-hyped Big 12 team.
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