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Preseason predictions: Connecticut

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Three predictions for the UConn Huskies:

1. The offense will struggle to find its footing early on: No matter who you are, it's tough going through a radical change offensively. That's what UConn is trying to do with new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead's no-huddle attack. The running philosophies may not be that different, but the Huskies are going to have to throw the ball to make it work. And it's still questionable whether they have the personnel at receiver for that to happen. Quarterbacks Zach Frazer and Cody Endres are both inexperienced and had their problems with turnovers and inaccuracy last season. Even with Donald Brown last year, Connecticut scored 13 points or fewer in six games. I don't see the Huskies turning into Texas Tech overnight.

2. That said, the defense will be one of the best in the Big East: Few people are talking about the UConn 'D,' probably because stars like Cody Brown and Darius Butler are gone. But this is still a talented bunch, with the most experienced linebackers in the league (led by Scott Lutrus) and playmakers like Robert Vaughn and Jasper Howard in the secondary. Randy Edsall's defenses are always fundamentally strong, and that side of the ball should keep the Huskies in games early on this season.

3. UConn will make its third straight bowl: Looking at the schedule, it's hard to see where the six wins for bowl eligibility are going to come from. Nonconference games against North Carolina and at Baylor in Weeks 2 and 3 could both prove difficult. The Huskies also have to go to Notre Dame and face Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and their old nemesis West Virginia on the road. But I've got enough faith in Edsall and the program he has developed in Storrs that I say they find enough victories to make the postseason, if not compete for the league title.