With five Big East teams fighting for bowl eligibility, I am going to begin taking a look at each one to rate their chances of making it to at least six wins. First up: Connecticut Huskies.
Games remaining: Louisville, Rutgers, at Cincinnati
Breakdown: The Huskies have a tough road to make it to six wins because they have to win two of their final three games. But two are at the Rent. Consider that UConn is the only team in the Big East that is undefeated in league play at home (2-0), so that helps its chances as well. If the Huskies continue to get solid performances from Scotty McCummings in the Wildcat package, then they will be able to keep teams guessing. Redshirt freshman Lyle McCombs has come on strong, with four 100-yard games in his last five. McCombs has 981 yards and leads active Big East rushers with 109 yards a game. The weakest part of the team has been in the secondary, and the good news is that Louisville is not known for its prolific passing. The Cardinals are the only Big East team ranked ahead of UConn in pass offense. Who knows how efficient Cincinnati will be in the passing department with Zach Collaros out, and Rutgers also would like to be a run-first team -- even though the Scarlet Knights have not been great in that category. UConn is strong up front defensively and has held four of its last five opponents under 100 yards rushing. Trevardo Williams is third in the Big East with 6.5 sacks, and Kendall Reyes has 4.5. The biggest thing for UConn is to be able to run, play ball control, limit the mistakes and avoid getting into a shootout. The Huskies cannot afford to play a game of catch up, either. Playing at home should help.
Chances: 25 percent.