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2008 Connecticut Huskies Football Preview

2008 Connecticut Huskies season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Connecticut Huskies football preview as well as the 2008 Connecticut Huskies Football Schedule. After reading this article check out our college football predictions against the current point spread.

Coach: Randy Edsall (10th year at Connecticut)
Team Name: Huskies
2007 Overall Record: 9-4
Returning Starters: 17

Last season, the Connecticut Huskies (9-4 overall, 5-2 Big East) went from loser to winner, tying West Virginia for first-place and reaching the 13th spot in the national rankings. They garnered a post-season invitation, going to the Meineke Bowl where they played and lost to Wake Forest 10-24. The year before they had won just four games and saw no bowl action.

Senior QB Tyler Lorenzen (347 ATT, 197 COMP, 2,367 YDS, 13 TDs, 6 INT) proved that he could make things happen in his first year starting for the Huskies. He’s an accurate passer who makes good decisions. The offensive line brings back four of five starters and is solid. The tailback tandem of Andre Dixon and Donald Brown totaled 1,639 yards. The receiving group is a tad thin.

The Huskies held opponents to just 19.0 PPG. That was 14th nationally; they were especially tough against the pass, earning a ranking of 17th. Three of the front four return, including DE Julius Williams who had almost 30% of the team’s sacks with 8.5. In his frosh season, OLB Lawrence Williams led the club in tackles with 113 (53 solo). The secondary sees free safety Robert Vaughn return. Nationally, Vaughn tied for fourth in interceptions with seven. The deep backs are solid.

Connecticut’s schedule gets interesting on September 26 when they travel to Louisville to take on the Cardinals in their first tossup game. They then play two more road contests versus North Carolina and Rutgers. Both of those games appear to be losses. October 25 they are home in a swing game against Cincinnati. Their final toss up is at South Florida on November 22.

This year the Huskies should be good but not as good as they were in 2007. Still, they certainly have another shot at the post-season. Head coach Tyrone Willingham (11-25 in three years) will field a winning offense and a strong defense. His team faces a tougher schedule and a rough road stretch. If the defense plays up to its potential, the offense should provide enough points for the Huskies to post another winning season.

Connecticut Huskies Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 28
Hofstra
Home
Sep 6
Temple
Away
Sep 13
Virginia
Home
Sep 19
Baylor
Home
Sep 26
Louisville
Away
Oct 4
North Carolina
Away
Oct 18
Rutgers
Away
Oct 25
Cincinnati
Home
Nov 1
West Virginia
Home
Nov 15
Syracuse
Away
Nov 23
South Florida
Away
Dec 6
Pittsburgh
Home

 

For more info on the 2008 Connecticut Huskies football program, view the Huskies football site or you can read about other Big East teams below.

 

2008 Big East Football Team Previews

All of the Big East teams are featured to the right. Each link under the team previews gives our individual breakdown for the eight Big East colleges. For other teams visit Maddux's 08 college preview page.

If you would like to know how Maddux forecasts the order of finish for the Big East football conference check out the Big East Conference Preview section which is our conference preview as a whole. Is Brian Kelly ready to take Cincinnati to a BCS game? Will losing Rich Rodriguez drop the Mountaineers down a notch? Is this the year Matt Grothie and coach Leavitt put it all together and make a run at the national title?

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