What’s in store for UConn this season? A schedule filled with familiar foes and some new conference mates. A look at UConn’s opponents and how the Huskies have fared in the past:
South Florida, at UConn Oct. 12, Rentschler Field
2012 record: 3-9
Coach: Willie Taggart
Last meeting: 13-6 loss in 2012
Players to watch: QB Matt Floyd, QB Steven Bench, QB Bobby Eveld, RB Marcus Shaw, TE Sean Price, WR Andre Davis, C Austin Reiter, OL Quinterrius Eatmon, LB DeDe Lattimore, DT Luke Sager, DE Aaron Lynch, DE Ryne Giddins, S Mark Joyce.
The Skinny: The highly touted Taggart takes over for Skip Holtz after the Bulls struggled through a 1-6 Big East season. Taggart, who is from the Tampa area, is coming off two seven-win seasons at Western Kentucky and expectations are high at USF. Quarterback B.J. Daniels passed for 8,433 yards and rushed for 2,068 yards during his career, but he’s gone and Taggart must find a replacement. Penn State transfer Bench could be the best passer on the roster, and Davis has big-play potential at receiver. After two losing seasons, Taggart is expected to revive the program.
Cincinnati vs. UConn Oct. 19, Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati
2012 record: 10-3
Coach: Tommy Tuberville
Last meeting: 34-17 loss in 2012
Players to watch: QB Brendon Kay, QB Munchie Legaux, OL Austen Bujnoch, OL Eric Lefeld, C Dan Sprague, OL Sam Longo, DT Jordan Stepp, LB Greg Blair, LB Jeff Luc, LB Nick Temple, CB Deven Drane, K Tony MIliano, KR/RB Ralph David Abernathy IV, PR Anthony McClung.
The Skinny: Tuberville comes from Texas Tech to replace Butch Jones, who left for Tennessee. He inherits a team that fell one game short of the Big East title and returns a solid core, although there are questions on defense and at quarterback. Kay and Legaux will compete for snaps this season, after Kay took the starting job last year. Cincinnati has won eight or more games in six of the past seven seasons, and the Bearcats figure to be a conference title contender this year.
Central Florida vs. UConn Oct. 26, Bright House Networks Stadium, Orlando
2012 record: 10-4
Coach: George O’Leary
Players to watch: QB Blake Bortles, RB Storm Johnson, WR/PR J.J. Worton, WR Breshad Perriman, WR Jeff Godfrey, OL Jordan McCray, OL Justin McCray, LB Terrance Plummer, DL Thomas Niles, DE Deion Green, DT E.J. Dunston, OL Torrian Wilson, S Clayton Geathers.