The UConn football program is young in existence compared to most BCS teams. Only playing at the Division I level since 2003, it is opponents like North Carolina that will test each and every aspect of a collegiate level program.
This team lost both depth and experience to the NFL last year and as a whole there is still unanswered questions at multiple positions. After last season's terrible performance in North Carolina this game on paper looks easy for UNC. Don't be fooled.
Yes, UConn has only beat one ranked opponent in his six years of playing Division I football. It was against 10 South Florida and was at home. I remember rushing the field at the game. There was as much thrill and excitement in that stadium than any other Connecticut football game.
With pending weather conditions forecasting a chance of rain and a sure to be wet field, that only plays into the hands of the Huskies. Regardless weather will not be a significant factor in the outcome of this game.
Frazer needs to be Zach Frazer. He can't try and force the ball into wide receivers that are not open. If the play is not there he needs to just throw it away. His composure will have to remain calm, cool, and collective in order for the Huskies to be able to throw the ball on the UNC secondary.
The offense is certainly going to be led by the one-two punch of Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon. Flash and Force as like to call them need to have the same explosiveness as they did against Ohio.
Todman flashes when he hits the hole. He needs to stay focused and do what he does best. Dixon forces his way through the line and keeps the legs moving. The size and strength of both these runners in any coaches dream. The performance of "Flash" and "Force" could be a deciding factor at the end of the game.
There is talk that linebacker Scot Lutrus is questionable. He got a neck stinger at the end of last game and has practiced on and off this week. He is a large part in how the Huskies run their defense. After all he is a team captain and leader of this team. I fully expect to see Lutrus on the field come tomorrow afternoon.
The Huskies always play better at home. They are 29-10 at The Rent in East Hartford since it opened in 2003. Yes, this is going to be an interesting game to see what happens come Kickoff. When it is all said and done there will be a much clearer picture of what direction each of these teams will go.
Don't sleep on the Huskies. UConn in a 24-21 thriller.