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College football preview: BYU Cougars vs Connecticut Huskies

Taysom Hill working on his release
Taysom Hill working on his release
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The BYU Cougars visit the east coast to take on the revamped Connecticut Huskies on Friday night. CBSsportsline.com, has the Cougars favored to win by 15 points, but this game could get dicey with the suspension to Jamaal Williams.

Although Williams is out for the game, quarterback Taysom Hill will be ready to lead the cougars on the offensive end. Hill is a dual threat QB and had some big games on the ground for BYU. He also threw for 2,645 yards, while rushing for 1211 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. However, he accounted for 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. For BYU to avoid the upset, Taysom Hill much be way better Friday night.

UCONN’s program has gone downhill ever since Randy Edsall left for greener pastures in the ACC. In the last three years, the Huskies haven’t had a winning season. Now they are getting a fresh start with new head coach Bob Diaco. Coach Diaco has a lot of work to do with this team, but there is talent on the team to commence the turnaround from day one.

First, UCONN has to have a viable running threat in 2014. If they aren’t ready to compete with BYU in the trenches, this game might be over quickly. Last season, they only averaged 84 yards rushing per game. That won’t get it done on Friday night.

BYU is known for bringing a rugged defense to the party. They have to find a replacement for Kyle Van Noy, so there will be plenty of chances for Cougar players to make a name.

The Verdict

The UCONN Huskies have a chance to have an electric atmosphere when BYU arrives, but those fans can’t perform on the field. This game will come down to blocking and tackling. There’s no question that BYU will test the Huskies up front. How Connecticut handles the front seven on both sides of the ball will be pivotal.

BYU 34
UCONN 23