Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall

Virginia Vs Connecticut College Football Winning Predictions

Written by on September 16, 2016

The Virginia Cavaliers travel to take on the Connecticut Huskies in Week 3 of the NCAA football season. The Cavaliers (0-2, 0-0 ACC) now play under new head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who left a successful post at BYU to revive the Cavaliers’ program, but they fell in Richmond and then at Oregon, losing the second game 44-26. The Huskies beat FCS opponent Maine in Week 1, narrowly holding off the Black Bears by a 24-21 score, but then fell in their AAC opener at Navy last week, losing 28-24. The Huskies made the national sports pages last year by knocking off the University of Houston (who had to play without their starting quarterback) and knocking the Cougars out of the College Football Playoff conversation. Take a look at all of the college football odds for Week 3.

Analyzing The Cavaliers Vs Huskies College Football Winning Predictions

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 1:00pm ET Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT TV: SNY Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network / UConn IMG Sports Network Live Stream: Watch ESPN NFL Odds: Connecticut (-4), O/U Total 48.5  

Why should you bet on the Cavaliers?

Albert Reid had a terrific ground game against Oregon, picking up 126 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. He didn’t do so well against Richmond, picking up just 28 yards on six attempts. If he can keep that productivity up, the Cavaliers have a lot more chance to win. Juan Thornhill got torched on a third-and-36 by the Ducks, giving up a 55-yard bomb. However, he also had five tackles, including one for a loss. The offensive line is coalescing nicely behind tackle Eric Smith, and the team needs his leadership to give quarterback Kurt Benkert the time he needs to get the ball down the field.

Why should you put your money on Connecticut?

The Huskies will learn whether quarterback Bryant Shirreffs has a college-caliber arm this week, as the Virginia secondary is generous to opposing offenses. Against Navy, he only managed 162 yards without any touchdowns. Half of his 40 completions this season have gone to wideout Noel Thomas, who is also the only Husky to catch a pass for a touchdown this year. Virginia should key on Thomas and force Shirreffs to look elsewhere, but given the weaknesses in the Virginia secondary, this pair could have a huge day.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Despite their membership in the ACC, Virginia is rife with flaws and should offer the Huskies a lot of opportunities on Saturday. I’m predicting the Huskies to win and cover, 24-17.