Randy Edsall's Huskies return 19 starters from the Cinderella team that took home a piece of the 2007 Big East title and while the Huskies might lack the relative star power of some of the other BIG EAST contenders, there is enough depth and talent on the roster to suggest that another run at the title could be in the future. It won't be easy though, no one will be surprised by this season's Huskies.
Here are my predictions for the 2008 Connecticut Huskies.
Who knew Hofstra even had a football team?
Prediction: Win (48-6)
9/06 at TEMPLE
The Owls are no match for UConn. Tyler Lorenzen will get to rest up before next week's game.
Prediction: Win (42-10)
Al Groh's Cavaliers will miss defensive ends Chris Long and Jeffrey Fitzgerald who combined for 21 sacks last season.
Prediction: Win (31-24)
Yes, they are a Big XII team. Yes, Art Briles is a good coach. But Baylor is still a few seasons away from being competitive.
Prediction: Win (34-17)
9/26 at LOUISVILLE
Louisville was a .500 team last season with Brian Brohm, Anthony Allen, and Mario Urrutia. This will be another difficult season for Steve Kragthorpe.
Prediction: Win (28-17)
10/04 at NORTH CAROLINA
The Tar Heels will be improved, but it won't be enough.
Prediction: Win (34-21)
10/18 at RUTGERS
The Huskies face their first real test in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights will be tough this year, especially at home.
Prediction: Loss (34-28)
Brian Kelly has the Bearcats playing really great football.
Prediction: Loss (28-24)
11/01 WEST VIRGINIA
A new coach in Morgantown won't change much. West Virginia is still stacked.
Prediction: Loss (38-24)
11/15 at SYRACUSE
The Orange defense can't stop Tyler Lorenzen and a Husky team ready to win after three straight losses.
Prediction: Win (37-13)
11/23 at SOUTH FLORIDA
Matt Grothe will win the game in the final seconds for the Bulls.
Prediction: Loss (35-31)
Rentschler Field will provide the advantage in this thriller.
Prediction: Win (28-24)
Final Record: 8-4. The Huskies will continue to improve and Randy Edsall will have this team moving in the right direction for years to come.