Don't count UConn (5-6, 3-3 BIG EAST) out in tomorrow's game against Cincinnati (8-3, 4-2 BIG EAST). The teams may be more evenly matched than believed at the beginning of the season. Although the Huskies are underdogs, they were impressive last week in their 40-22 win against a Rutgers team who had just beaten Cincinnati 20-3 the week before.
Part of Cincy's loss to Rutgers two weeks ago can be explained by the sudden loss of their talented quarterback Zach Collaros. Although Cincinnati will still be without Collaros against UConn tomorrow, they have had success with backup quarter Munchie Legaux who threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-13 win over Syracuse. But, some have argued that with Collaros sidelined, Cincinnati will be dependent on the run and limit Legaux's passing.
UConn, on the other hand, seems to be coming together both offensively and defensively. Although UConn allowed 439 passing yards against Rutgers, they held Rutgers to -9 yards rushing. In addition, the UConn defense forced six Rutgers turnovers and defensive end Travardo Williams leads the BIG EAST this season with 12.5 sacks. On offense, UConn's two-quarterback system is finally working for the Huskies and causing confusion for defenses. QB Johnny McEntree's pro-style, limited-QB-mobility offense contrasts with QB Scott McCummings' run-oriented offense that includes the wildcat, zone-option, and spread. The accuracy of McEntee's passing and the increased incorporation of McCummings are two reasons why the two-quarterback system is finally working.
Each team has an additional incentive to win this game. Although Cincinnat isn't likely (won't) receive a BCS bid because of WVU's win last night, tomorrow's game is still the home game for Cincy's Seniors. For 5-6 UConn, a win equals bowl eligibility, arguably a greater incentive. Regardless of the outcome, Cincinnati is bowl eligble.
Kickoff is tomorrow at noon. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN3. Cincinnati is favored by 9 points. In case you've been wondering this entire time why this article is relevant to Card Chronicle, a UConn win gives UofL a BCS bid. Go Huskies!