The sports media that covers the Big East Conference made their pre-season predictions for 2010, and with a big shoulder shrug from football fans across Connecticut, they said, “UConn won’t be terrible…or great.”
Predictions have UConn finishing fourth in the conference behind Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and West Virginia. Pitt and Cincy I can understand, but I would put UConn over the recently underperforming West VA for this season. This is a UConn team which returns a lot of starters and key players and could make a legitimate run for the conference title. Sure, they have their question marks (*cough* secondary *cough*) but which team is loaded, top to bottom in the Big East? There isn’t one.
On the brighter side of this prediction: this is the highest any UConn football team has been predicted to finish, ever. Has there ever been a time when finishing fourth seemed like such a win?
The reality is that these pre-season rankings mean nada. They’re a guess at the most. While I’ve never been mistaken for an optimist, I really have a good feeling about this team. They’ve got experience and they’re physical. (Please see the steam rolling of South Carolina last year.) If they can get out of Michigan with a win, which is entirely possible, it would be a huge victory and could set the tone for the rest of the season. It will also mean Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez will get canned…which I’m ok with.
The rest of the predictions after UConn: Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse and Louisville.
UConn opens its season at Michigan Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m.