Connecticut @ Ohio U: Craig's Breakdown and ATS Winner

ctsports picksAnalyst ISeptember 2, 2009

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 3:  Quarterback Tyler Lorenzen #4 of the University of Connecticut Huskies gestures against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rentschler Field November 3, 2007 in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Expect a large crowd to be in attendance Saturday night in Athens, Ohio as the Ohio Bobcats try to win their 5th season opener in the last seven years. An interesting matchup between the Huskies and Bobcats. The oddsmakers have made the Huskies a -3.5 point favorite! Handicapper Craig Trapp will give you his breakdown and Free ATS winner.

Will the Connecticut Huskies be able to replace Running Back Donald Brown as well as four other 1st day draft players who have departed to the NFL? When the Huskies take the field in Athens on Saturday night they will be missing numerous players from a team that has emerged in the Big East over the four years. Look for Jordan Toddman or Dixon, a Big East selection in 2008 to replace Brown. Look for the Huskies to incorporate less of the power and rely a little more on the play action pass this season to try to keep teams off balance. Expect Zack Frazier to start at QB and if he struggles look for Cody Ednes to play. Frazier is 1-3 during his career and has 2 td’s to 6 int’s in his four games. The Huskies were ranked 116 in passing last season.

Ohio will counter Connecticut’s running game with DT Williamson 330 and DE Hodge 280. If these two guys can control the line, look for the Huskies to struggle to move the ball. Ohio has a veteran group in the secondary and at linebacker, the best in MAC, which can lock down the Huskies receivers.

Ohio returns two quarterbacks, Scott and Jackson, Scott will get the start on Saturday night but Jackson will also take some snaps in the 1st half. Both quarterbacks are athletic and have played for the last 2 years. They will have Garrett at tailback and a talented receiving core. One concern is the offensive line of the Bobcats. Look for LB Scott Lutrus to have a big game for the Huskies D.

The Bobcats have a huge edge in special team with very athletic return men.

Ohio looks at this as a great opportunity with a BCS school coming to Athens, Ohio for a night game. Ohio also has more veteran players and are replacing a lot less than Connecticut. Look for a motivated Bobcat team led by Frank Solich to cover the 3.5 and win this game outright. Believe the line makers are giving the Big East to much credit and are hoping the public plays the team that has been better over the past 4 years. Take the points and watch OU win straight up!

Free Football Pick: Final Score Ohio 24 Connecticut 21