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UConn Huskies on Phil Steele’s Most Improved for 2016

National media is starting to realize that UConn Football could be in line for a breakthrough season in 2016.

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“With love and diligence anything is possible.”

These words were spoken by Bob Diaco in his introductory press conference. Now more than ever, he has Husky fans believing in UConn Football once again.

According to college football expert Phil Steele, Diaco’s Huskies will be one of the most improved teams in the nation.

Highlighting his list of 15 teams along with UConn were the Texas Longhorns, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Boston College, among others.

Here is what Steele had to say about UConn’s football team, via ESPN.

There are plenty of reasons to be excited for what could be a breakthrough year for UConn Football. Behind a slew of returning starters and key contributors on both defense and offense, UConn will also get a boost from some newcomers.

The schedule also favors the Huskies and offers some really exciting non-conference opponents. After a quick tune-up against Maine, the Huskies are faced with a tough road game at Navy. Following that trip to Annapolis, UConn is slated to host two “power five” opponents in Virginia and Syracuse. The Huskies then move on to the meat of a solid American Athletic Conference slate. The season will conclude with a trip to face former Big East rival Boston College followed by a bout with Tulane on Senior Day.

Diaco and his staff have assembled a sturdy football team which gained a lot of experience across the past two seasons. Against an exciting yet challenging schedule, the payoff of those two rebuilding years will be evident in 2016.