Fans of college sports know all about the Huskies of the University of Connecticut; that is, the Huskies basketball team. The school has one of the country’s top “hoops programs.” In fact, its basketball team is almost always listed as a “top ten” club and has won a number of national championships.
The Huskies football team has never come close to matching the success of the team that plays games on hardwood floors. While it’s true that the football program has not been around nearly as long as the school’s basketball program, it is also true that the squad that performs on the gridiron has never been able to challenge for a national title. The truth is that the Huskies that play football for the University of Connecticut have rarely had winning seasons.
Last year, in 2014, the University of Connecticut, under the leadership of first year Head Coach Bob Duaco struggled to win just two games out of twelve games that it played. The Huskies are a member of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and in 2014 this squad managed to win just one game against Conference foes while losing seven.
So it seemed obvious that in the current college football season, 2015, the Huskies would continue to flounder and perform poorly on the gridiron. But 2015 is also Coach Diaco’s second year in charge and he has had time to put his program in place while his players are likely more familiar and comfortable with what he wants them to do.
The result of that familiarity has already been felt on the field of play. The Huskies opened the new football year at home on September 3rd with a win against the University of Villanova. The final score was 20-15. In Week Two, the University of Connecticut played its second straight home game against the Cadets of West Point. The game took place n September 12th and the Huskies prevailed by a score of 22-17.
The University of Connecticut traveled to the University of Missouri to play game three on September 19th. The 22nd ranked home team had to work hard to squeeze out a 9-6 victory in a very comopetitive contest. The loss dropped the Huskies record to 2-1, but presented them with a “moral victory.” Yes, the team lost, but the game was played on the road and the highly-ranked home team barely held on to defeat the tough and resilient Huskies.
The University of Connecticut still has several home games that need to be played this year. The next game, on September 26th, will have them hosting the U.S. Naval Academy. Then this squad will compete against USF (University of South Florida) on October 17th, East Carolina University on October 30th and the University of Houston on November 21st.
There are additional road games that need to be played, as well. The Huskies will travel to 23rd-ranked Brigham Young University (BYU) on October 2nd, the University of Central Florida on October 10th, the Cincinnati Bearcats on October 24th, Tulane University on November 7th and Temple University on November 28th.
It is a schedule that presents “winning opportunities” for the suddenly rugged and durable Huskies. It will be interesting to see how much this team improves in the weeks ahead.
Courtesy of The UConn Blog