Connecticut vs. Pittsburgh Football: Wednesday Night Game Preview

Erik UnderwoodCorrespondent IIIOctober 26, 2011

UConn must stop Ray Graham to have a chance at the upset.
UConn must stop Ray Graham to have a chance at the upset.Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

We’re finally to that part of the season when college football is available to us almost every night of the week.  It’s heaven, isn’t it?

Tonight’s game features a Big East battle between a reeling Connecticut Huskies team and the Pittsburgh Panthers, who were predicted by many to contend for a conference championship this year.

The Panthers haven’t quite lived up to expectations, showing a propensity for blowing late leads and struggling to score.  This comes as a surprise, considering that former Tulsa coach Todd Graham is the Panthers' new head coach for 2011.  Tulsa had a fairly high-powered offense last year, but Pitt has only shown spurts of explosiveness so far this season.

Running back Ray Graham is likely the Panthers' biggest weapon, but UConn is holding teams to just 89 rushing yards per game.  This will put pressure on quarterback Tino Sunseri to perform.  Sunseri has thrown five touchdowns and seven interceptions, and has not developed into the kind of passer that many were expecting.

UConn features a fairly balanced offensive attack, and will look to chew up clock and keep this game close on the road.  Pittsburgh is hardly a defensive juggernaut, allowing 120 yards per game on the ground.  The Huskies should not have trouble scoring.

The Huskies are getting 10 points and should be able to stay within that number.

Pick: Connecticut +10

Bonus Pick: St. Louis Cardinals.  Something tells me this World Series is going seven games.  St. Louis sends Jaime Garcia to the mound.  Garcia's ERA at home is a full TWO runs lower than it is on the road.  He should cool off the Texas bats and send this series to drama city for game seven.


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