First hope is to come out of this ultimately meaningless game without major injuries. Second is that we keep it respectable and keep morale high going into games that actually matter from a championship and PL-pride standpoint.
My guess is that we'll lose and that we'll keep within two scores in the first half before adjustments on both sides are made/not made and then gradually wear out. In the end we'll be looking for positives (and hopefully finding many) and saying the game was actually closer than the final score, or something to that tune. I don't think this UConn team should be able to blow us out over four quarters in week 1.
After so many heartbreaking seasons and for longterm mental health/cardiac reasons my expectations for this season need to be low, but my hopes, as always, are high.
I will go with Holy Cross 31 UConn 28 I did, after all, pick HC to win this one. One can always dream.
I will not be at the game. It is our 49th wedding anniversary. My wife will be in Belfast, but did not want to celebrate our anniversary with a trip to Connecticut. She did, however, agree to a 6:00pm reservation for dinner, so we will get to see most of the game via streaming.
As much as I would like the Crusaders to win like RGS, I think that would be too high of an expectation despite UConn not being a good team at their level. Problem is, we have not yet established that we are a good team at the lower level. If this game was being played 2-3 years from now, I would actually expect a win over UConn. But, I don't think we are there yet despite Pujals.
I won't get into quarter predictions but I am thinking a 28-17 UConn win pretty much following NHT's trendline. For any chance of a win, we have to be fast out of the starting blocks with our experienced QB and their inexperienced one. Hopefully, we can generate turnovers and convert points off of them. If we are down big by halftime, it will get ugly. They will make halftime adjustments and wish we were able to do that better but historically we seem to just keep doing what we do even if we are not getting good results.
And, yes, I will be there as previously posted. Hope to see some of you at the pre-game tailgate.
Curious, anyone know what the team itinerary is for the game tomorrow? I know it's a relatively short jaunt to E. Hartford but are we possibly going down tonight and doing a walk through at the Rent today and staying over tonight somewhere down there?
I know it's kind of tricky with a Thursday night game.