John F. Silver
With the ACC snub taking Louisville over UConn, it’s not something to smile about.
But, if the UConn football team can beat Cincinnati and end the season on a three-game winning streak, that would be something to smile about.
With kickoff set for today at 3:30 p.m., the Huskies face a Cincinnati team that is 8-3 and looking to grab a share of the league title. So, UConn has bowl hopes and the Bearcats have title hopes on their mind.
The Huskies’ biggest concern is running back George Winn of Cincinnati, who is averaging 105 yards per game and 5.5 yards per carry. League’s No. 1 rusher for the No. 1 defense, it should be a good game.
A far as UConn’s bowl hopes, there are no bowl representatives at the game today. Pittsburgh is a strong candidate for Pinstripe Bowl if they beat South Florida today as the bowl could have an incredible amount of luck and pit Pitt against West Virginia and rekindle the Backyard Brawl. Syracuse, perhaps the best team in the league by the end of the year, is also an option. I think Cincinnati looks ticketed to Charlotte.
That would leave BBVA Compass or Beef ’O’ Brady’s for UConn at this point.
Bowl talk, that’s incredible considering where the Huskies were at 3-6. It’s been a tough week as a UConn fan with the ACC snub, a win today would help with the psyche a bit.
Here’s today’s advance in the Journal Inquirer:
UConn is playing for the right to head to a bowl game today when it hosts Cincinnati at Rentschler Field in a nationally televised game on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
UConn (5-6, 2-4 Big East) finishing 6-6 and in a minor bowl game wouldn’t be caused for celebration. It’s a mediocre record for a mediocre team and doesn’t mean much. But, after two years of nothing going the Huskies’ way a win over the Bearcats could be just enough to get stop the slide in its track.
Notes: No official injury updates as with Chandler Whitmer, Trevardo Williams and such. Assume game-time announcements. The decision has been made.
Whitmer looks like he will start, though there is no official announcement.
In a surprise, kicker Chad Christen is limited and the staff is going to take the redshirt year of Bobby Puyol for one game. Puyol is a highly-regarded kicker from Florida. He is going to handle kickoff and long field goals today. I don’t get it, to be honest.
Puyol could always redshirt next year, Christen’s senior year, but the Huskies would essentially blow a year of eligibility on one game. The Huskies need a kicker and to win today’s game for a bowl game. I guess Cole Wagner couldn’t cut it.