Is 2010 The Year Uconn Reaches The Next Level and Earns a BCS Bowl Bid?

Robert BContributor INovember 14, 2009

EAST HARTFORD, CT - OCTOBER 31:  Kashif Moore #82 of the Connecticut Huskies carries out the jersey of murdered teammate Jasper Howard #6 before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on October 31, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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For the Connecticut football team when you look at the 2010 schedule and their projected roster everything should be in place for a special season.  First off, this team will only lose 12 players from this year's team, most will be simple replacements such as reciever Brad Kanuch and only few may be challenging like cornerback Robert McClain and defensive end Lindsey Witten.  When you look at the teams that seem to come from now where to have special season usually they have a strong core group of guys who have played together for years, such as last years Utah team or last years Cincy team.  Now the schedule for the 2009 Uconn Huskies has been rough to say the least, 2010 looks a lot better out of conference games at home against Vanderbilt, Buffalo, and Northeastern all look very winnable, as well as their two road games at Michigan and at Temple.  But, the main reason why the schedule seems so favorable is the big east schedule the top 3 teams in the big east Cincy, Pitt, and WVU all have to come and play the Huskies in East Hartford which will be a major advantage for Uconn.  Take a look at the rest of the teams in the Big East and it seems almost every team except Uconn losses a major part of their 2008 team, Pitt will lose star quarterback Bill Stull and tight end Dorin Dickerson, West Virgina will have major question marks as to who will play quarterback with the loss of senior quarterback Jarret Brown, and Cincy will have to deal with replacing one of the best recievers in the nation in Mardy Gilyard.  Everything that Uconn has gone through this year will only make this team stronger next year, all of these close games and dealing with a death of a teammate has hurt this team mentally this season but next season the tough losses will be looked at as growing pains.  With the offense starting click just imagine how good they will be in year two under offensive coordinator Joe Moorehead.  They have three capable quarterbacks in Zach Frazier, Cody Endres, and highly praised redshirt freshman Michael Box.  Jordan Todman has already shown he is one of the best running backs in the big east and is getting stronger as the season goes on, and recievers like Michael Smith, Dwayne Difton, Mike Lang, and Kashif Moore will give Uconn great depth at the position.  The secondary this year is so young most will return as starters next year such as Blidi-Ray Wilson and Jerome Junior who have looked good and bad this season will be able to look back on this year as a growing experience and be able to build off this season.  The linebacking core and defensive line for the most part will remain in tack, which will make this the most experienced defense in the Big East.  When you look at the roster the talent is there for Uconn, we have a coaching staff everybody seems to have confident in, the schedule seems very favorable, so will 2010 be the year Uconn makes their jump to a BCS bowl game?