I predicted in the preseason that Louisville would finish last in the Big East and that Connecticut would be a strong contender for the league title.
Shows what I know. The Cardinals are dominating UConn 26-0 in the fourth quarter, and if it weren't for the Huskies' red zone defense, the score would be embarrassingly bad for the visitors. Instead, Chris Philpott has four field goals.
Through three quarters, Connecticut had just 128 total yards. This is a team that had a bye last week, though of course its plans had to change in a hurry when Cody Endres was suspended in the middle of game week. As little as the Huskies have done on offense, you have to wonder if Randy Edsall would have been better off starting Zach Frazer instead of Michael Box. At least Frazer has experience. Frazer finally came in during the fourth quarter after Box struggled badly.
It might not have mattered, though, because Louisville is playing extremely well on defense. UConn has actually held Bilal Powell somewhat in check -- 72 yards in three quarters is in check for him -- but Adam Froman has spread the ball around to four different receivers. Doug Beaumont also had a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter after having one called back earlier.
So Louisville will be 1-1 in the Big East while UConn will fall to 0-2. In this year's Big East, there's nothing surprising about that.