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UConn Football Future Opponents in Week 5

Find out how the Huskies’ upcoming opponents are looking after five weeks of action.

NCAA Football: Central Florida at East Carolina James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

UConn Football lost its second game in a row and has two very tough games coming up. After that, some of the remaining games may be tougher than usual. Find out more as we go through the results of the Huskies’ remaining opponents.

Cincinnati (3-2), L 45-20 to USF (4-1)

UConn’s next two opponents faced off in Cincinnati with the South Florida Bulls further cementing their power position in the East division against one of the AAC’s better teams.

USF quarterback Quinton Flowers threw for 196 yards while adding 76 on the ground with two running touchdowns. Running back Marlon Mack ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns of his own as the Bulls’ offensive prowess has become terrifyingly evident at this point in the season. The defense isn’t great so it will be strength against strength when they meet UConn in two weeks in a game where USF will be heavily favored.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, is still looking solid but there is definitely reason to believe UConn can compete when these two teams face off at Rentschler Field this Saturday.

The Bearcats are having trouble stopping teams and are unstable at the quarterback position. They went into the season with Hayden Moore as the starter before he gave way to Gunner Kiel, who was supplanted by Ross Trail, all in four weeks. Against USF, however, Kiel relieved Trail after his third interception of the day.

UConn will have a tough go against both of these teams, but with Cincinnati being the weaker of the two and the road team, the Huskies will have their best shot at a win during the challenging three-game stretch which began at Houston this past Thursday.

NCAA Football: South Florida at Cincinnati
USF Running back Marlon Mack is good.
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Central Florida (3-2), W 47-29 at East Carolina (2-3)

Make sure you tell your friends, especially the ones who care deeply about the #conFLiCT rivalry, that UCF is better than expected in its first year under new head coach Scott Frost. In a battle of first-year coaches with solid teams, the Knights traveled to North Carolina and earned an impressive win on the road over the ECU Pirates.

ECU scored the first touchdown but UCF scored three unanswered to mount a 23-7 lead. The Pirates stormed back, pulling within two at the end of the third quarter but the Knights pulled away with two touchdowns to open the fourth.

East Carolina put up a strong offensive performance, with 521 yards of total offense, 488 of the coming through the air, but committed five turnovers, including three interceptions.

Temple (3-2), W 45-20 over SMU (2-3)

The Owls shook off a rough start to the season, losing to Army, by winning three out of their next four with the lone loss coming in competitive fashion at Penn State.

Temple rode a powerful rushing attack to victory at home against what is likely the worst team in the conference, gaining 5.4 yards per rush en route to 244 yards on the ground. Two different running backs, Ryquell Anderson and senior Jahad Thomas, scored two touchdowns each to go along with 159 and 80 yards, respectively. The outcome was hardly in doubt, as the Owls jumped out to a 35-7 lead and held on for the win.

Boston College (3-2), W 35-3 over Buffalo (1-3)

With wins over UMass and Wagner before this one, BC still isn’t scaring one. It’s fairly likely the Eagles end up losing every game between now and their matchup with UConn on November 19. They might be done winning for the season.

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Boston College
“Boy would I be surprised if we win another game this season.”
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Tulane (3-2), W 31-24 at UMass (1-4)

The Green Wave picked up their first road win of the season after making their way up to Massachusetts for a game against the Minutemen. In a battle of two of the lowest-rated teams in FBS, Tulane prevailed to prove that it may be slightly above the scrap heap.

AAC Power Rankings

1. Houston

2. South Florida

3. Memphis

4. Cincinnati

5. Navy

6. Central Florida

7. East Carolina

8. Tulsa

9. Temple

10. UConn

11. Tulane

12. SMU