I’m still in doom-and-gloom land. I don’t see a blowout by the Huskies, but I still can’t envision a win tomorrow for the Hoos. First off, the defense hasn’t looked so great thus far. Even setting aside the 50+ beat down in week 1, the effort against 1-AA Richmond wasn’t all that inspiring. Yes, the D pitched a shut out. But Richmond had a ton of unforced errors (wide open receivers dropping passes, unforced penalties, etc.) that a better team would’ve avoided. They had some opportunities that better teams would’ve capitalized on, like actually scoring points some of the half dozen times they had the ball inside Virginia’s side of the field. I’d say UVa’s defense had a good but not great showing given the opponent. And so I’m concerned that a much better offense on their home turf will score enough points.
And “enough” is probably not that many. Because as I detailed in my last post, we’re in big trouble on offense, fellow Hoos. Even with the starting quarterback, Virginia has scored 17 points in two games. The offense has been shut out in 5 of 8 quarters. And now we get to throw a new quarterback into the fire. Fun.
The Hoos could win this game. If Verica is serviceable, if the running game gets on track, if the defense can stop the UConn run, then they’ve got a shot.
But I just don’t see it.
UConn: 16, Virginia: 6
Prediction record: 2-0