Army Football 3 Keys: UConn

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The 2-0 Army Black Knights continue their season this Saturday against a UConn team that is – to put it nicely – a shambles. Here are the three keys:

Take advantage of the chaos

I am not even sure there is time here to explain the UConn situation. Randy Edsall announced his retirement at the end of the season after the Huskies were blanked 45-0 by Fresno State in their opener. He oversaw another defeat – 38-28 to Army’s Patriot League buddies Holy Cross – before being ushered out of the door immediately. Lou Spanos is the guy in temporary charge, and his first game was another mess as the Huskies were shut out 49-0 by Purdue. The quarterback situation is a mess, there doesn’t seem to be any will or desire from the players, and the whole thing is probably the worst situation in the FBS right now.

Defend whatever quarterback plays

There are four quarterbacks on the depth chart. North Carolina State transfer Micah Leon and freshman Tyler Phommachanh having looked the best so far by not being on the field. The Huskies average 9.3 points and 197.3 yards per game. Jack Zergiotis started the season but was pulled by Spanos before his first game after completing 41.4% of his passes in two starts. His replacement – Steven Krajewski –passed for 99 yards and was intercepted once against Purdue. Army should be ready for any of the four on Saturday.

Run the ball

Always an Army key, but it rings even more true than normal here. UConn really is a mess. Army can black the Huskies – which would be their third scoreless output of the season – by controlling the clock. If this game gets to 17-0 or 21-0 it is hard to see UConn maintaining interest in the sheer number of tackles it takes to defend an option team. This one will get ugly fast if Army runs the ball like it can.