10-Day Hoo Preview ’07: Schedule, Part II

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Many people – from fans to media experts – are forecasting a good start for Virginia this season. Predictions range from a 7-0 start to a 5-2 run to open the season. Of course, that’s all on paper and the players on the field will decide what ultimately happens. One thing figures to be true, though: UVa’s schedule figures to get tougher in the second half of the season. Part II of The Sabre’s schedule analysis looks at the final six games.

(Editor’s note: Just click on the team name to go to the game info page for that opponent. Click on the dates and you’ll land on our schedule page.)

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The opponent: Connecticut HuskiesOct. 13, 2007
Television: TBD
The venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA (61,500)
Playing surface: Grass
2006 record: 4-8
Bowl game: None
Last year against the Hoos: DNP

A look back at 2006: The Huskies entered 2006 with high hopes, looking for the program’s second bowl trip. A 2-1 start seemed to validate that hope. But losses in four their next six games and back-to-back losses to close out the season dimmed the expectations. UConn lost 44 starts to injuries in 2006 and struggled on both sides of the ball, finishing 81st in scoring offense and 93rd in scoring defense.

A look at 2007: With eight of the top 10 offensive linemen returning and a good stable of backs, the Huskies look to be a quality running team. The question for coach Randy Edsall is will he have a passing attack to complement the run game. Last season the Huskies finished 110th out of 119 Division I-A teams in passing offense. Defensively, they must find a way to stop the run and the return of three of the top four tacklers should help.

Defense: 4-3
Returning starters: 6
2006 PPG Allowed: 27.0...