Huskies need to finish strong


It’s only fitting for UConn to enjoy its first national ranking in a year like this, when a victory over South Florida is considered historic and a win at Duke has arguably the same value as a win at Notre Dame.

That is where we are in 2007. I can’t remember a time where so many top notch college football programs have had down years concurrently. It’s the power schools’ mediocrity that has given way to the unlikeliest of successors. Teams like Arizona State and Kansas, South Florida and Boston College. And of course, the 16th ranked Huskies.

But what all of these schools, especially Connecticut, cannot forget is that their rise in prominence has more to do with the traditional schools failures than anything else. What I mean is not having Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame or Penn State the top 25 is far more of a fluke than a team from Storrs being 7-1.

That’s why it is absolutely essential for the Huskies to run the table and represent the Big East in a BCS game. The big name programs will be back. ESPN lists the Hurricanes, Fighting Irish and Seminoles as having top ten recruiting classes next year. Florida, USC and Texas, teams that more losses than they usually do at this point in the season, are all there too. If UConn wants to have a real college football program, it needs to be playing in a major bowl game, getting primetime exposure, so that major recruits will have at least know who they are.

With the best programs, recruiting is always about tradition. At a place like Connecticut, it’s always going to be what have you done lately?

Lately, the Huskies have succeeded. With a strong finish, they’ll have the chance to be a player even after this strange season.


smokkee 4:44 PM, November 06, 2007  

hey Dan, you're more than welcome to play the Bodog Blogger tournament 2night @ 8:35pm ET. details on my blog.

Anonymous 6:08 PM, November 06, 2007  


Couldn't agree more. Uconn better finish strong

Anonymous 9:42 PM, November 14, 2007  

Maybe the Connecticut based ESPN might consider showing games on one of their channels that more of Connecticut gets! ESPNU is available I believe on Cox Communications in Fairfield County and satellite. COMCAST does NOT have it available. Maybe ALL of Connecticut wants to watch UConn play. How about ESPN2?????

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