Game 10: November 10 vs. UCONN at Nippert Stadium
The Bearcats will enter the game against UCONN after 2 weeks on the road.
This is the 3-rd meeting between the two schools; UC has won all 3 games.
The big question for this game is, will
UCONN became a D1 school in 2002 and looked to be on the fast track posting a 9-3 record in 2003. The past few seasons in the Big East has shown the Husky faithful how difficult college footballs top level can be. Last season the Huskies went 4-8 overall with their lone conference win coming in OT against Pitt.
The biggest question mark in 2007 is at QB. The Huskies brought in JC gun slinger Tyler Lorenzen who threw for 2,960 yards and completed 69% of his passed. The competition for starting role will come from Dennis Brown who redshirted this past season. The passing game will depend on a couple of sophomore wide outs, Terence Jeffers and Brad Kanuch who each started 8 games as true freshmen.
The key to success on offense for the Huskies will be Donald Brown at
running back. Brown at 5-11 214lbs had some monster games as a freshmen in 06.
He ran for 199 at
UCONN runs a 3 WR set like much of the conference. The offense was anything but explosive last season averaging only 17.5 ppg in Big East games.
The Husky defense will be led be a trio of outstanding linebackers. Seniors Ryan Henegan and Danny Lansanah were the teams top 2 tacklers a year ago and will likely be joined by incoming freshmen and Parade AA Jarrell Miller.
Why UC will win this game?
Doug Goodwin: This is the type of game that a program in Cincinnati's position must, the Bearcats should be bowl eligible before kickoff and will be looking to take a step up in the Big East.
Dave Berk: The Bearcats used a balanced attack last year to win a tough road game and earn a bowl berth. The Huskies had problems last year controlling the Bearcats passing attack giving up 291 yards in the air and two touchdowns. You've got to feel they'll have an even harder time with Brian Kelly's offense. The Bearcats must force the Huskies into passing situations and control the line of scrimmage. One area UConn did a great job against UC last year was special teams. If the Bearcats struggle in this area the Huskies could sneak out of Nippert with a win.
What does UConn have to do to win?
Doug Goodwin: UConn will need to get Donald Brown and the running game is gear to move the chains and keep UC's offense on the bench. If they can get the db's coming up to support the run there should be some opportunities to take shots downfield with Jeffers and Knanuch.
Dave Berk: I agree with Doug as the Huskies must get out of the blocks quick to have a chance in this one. Last year UC gave up 4.0 yards per carry against the Huskies and had problems stopping their special teams. If UConn could have matched the number of plays from scrimmage the Bearcats may have left with a loss. UC enjoyed 20 more offensive plays last year and if the Huskies lower that number the game could go in their favor.
Doug's Prediction: UC make is 4 in a row over the Huskies, 43 – 17
Dave's Prediction: Bearcats enjoy another home victory knocking off the Huskies 48-17
Bonus for Game 10:
opened a new indoor football facility to go along with Rentschler Field, one of
the newest and most modern college football stadiums in the country. As nice as
Dave: How strong is the Big East? Very strong when you consider UConn is going to be at the bottom of the conference while also being the program to keep an eye on the most. History proves UConn will spend the money to build some of the nicest facilities needed for any sport they have. With these come better recruiting and the chance to be a real player in the Big East Football race.
There is a local Southwest Ohio tie and also one for my family in this game as my brothers first position coach at West Virginia is now the tight end coach for the Huskies. Dave McMichael is a Big East veteran as he was a longtime assistant for West Virginia. Dave also has local ties as he's from Kettering, Ohio and played his prep ball at Kettering Fairmont High School.