Connecticut – A First Look

With ECU in the rearview mirror, Navy faces its first ever conference road game on Saturday when the Mids travel to East Hartford to take on UConn. The Huskies are in the unique position of already having faced an option attack this season as they played Army in a non-conference game during the second weekend of the season. It will be interesting to see if that familiarity allows the Huskies to be better prepared for this style of attack than most of Navy’s opponents are.

Season so far

UConn may have had the weirdest start to the season of any team in the FBS. On the opening weekend of the season they squeaked past FCS power Villanova 20-15. This was followed by a closer than it should have been 22-17 win over an Army team which is now 0-3 on the season. The Huskies best result of the season so far was perhaps their 9-6 loss last Saturday to Missouri. The Huskies had the ball at the Mizzou 25 late in the game, but a failed fake field goal sealed their fate. The performance, especially the defensive work, is definitely something to build on for a program still working on setting its identity.

Injuries and Suspensions

UConn took an injury hit early in the summer when sophomore center Ryan Crozier was ruled out for the season with a leg injury. Crozier had played some as a freshman and had done enough to be named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy which is awarded to the nation’s top center. While UConn has had time to plug this gap, losing the natural leader of your offensive line is an issue which is going to take more than one game to fix.


Just looking at the UConn games so far this season it is easy to see where their assets and problems lie. UConn is 37th nationally against the run and 18th national in total defense allowing just under 280 yards a game. They have not, however, faced an offense to this point like they will on Saturday against Navy, with the Mids option firing on all cylinders much earlier in the season than is normal. UConn however has some severe problems scoring the ball, managing just two first half field goals against Missorui last week. Top Stories