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UConn Football Opponent's Review: Week 8

How the remaining opponents on our schedule fared this past weekend.

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East Carolina: The Pirates had a bye to prepare for their Thursday night rumble with the Huskies.

Central Florida: The Knights improved to 10-2 over the last two seasons in one-possession games as they defeated Tulane 20-13. There have been 19 games that have been played in that span. So, the Knights always seem to play up or down to their competition, going 15-3. This means UConn has a chance...to cover!

Tulane actually out gained UCF 278 to 233 and won the turnover battle 4 to 2. Tulane had 16 more plays on offense than UCF. It was the offensive ineptitude for the Green Wave that ultimately cost them, as UCF held the Green Wave to 0 for 4 on fourth downs, 5 for 17 on third downs, Tulane missed a field goal and Nick Montana spiked the ball on fourth down at the end of the half, which could have resulted to at least three more points. UCF was 4-14 on third downs and 0-3 on third downs. How anyone was allowed to win this game, I'm not sure.

Army: The Black Knights continue to flail on the road, as they got hammered by a winless Kent State team, 39-17. Army was actually a 3-point favorite, which means they have only covered one true road game over the past three seasons (1-18 against the spread).

Kent State came into this one averaging about 275 yards per game, but were able to accumulate 467 yards this time out. Army did rack up 330 yards - 295 on the ground and they are still 4th in the country at rushing, averaging 319.4 yards, but are 128th in passing - averaging 76.7 yards per game. I am still holding out hope that this could be a win for the Huskies when they play at Yankee Stadium on November 8th.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats were only 3-9 on third downs, but still had 29 first downs in the game compared to SMU's 14 first downs as the Cincinnati won in convincing fashion, 41-3. One of the worst defenses in the country held SMU to 276 total yards and three points, which speaks volumes about SMU's offense. The Bearcats won the turnover battle 4-0 and gained 268 yards in the air and 240 yards on the ground. This game could be very similar to what happens when UConn hosts Cincy on November 22. Although, the Huskies' defense is much better than SMU's, so there is a slight chance that Connecticut could lose by less than 38.

Memphis: The Tigers had a bye and get a chance to regroup after a home loss before getting to play SMU.

Southern Methodist: SMU was down 6-3 at the end of the first quarter to Cincinnati, by the final whistle they had lost 41-3. One game after SMU let Garrett Krstich throw the ball 67 times - where they were able to keep it "close" with ECU - Krstich threw the ball 31 times this weekend. The Mustangs did not force any turnovers, but gave the ball up four times. SMU gained 276 yards and scored three points on a defense that was allowing 573.6 yards per game and giving up 40 points a game. Their defense still cannot stop anyone either, as they allowed 508 yards in the game. The Huskies are well on their way to playing for the title of worst team in the country in the last game of the year.