Posted by Chip Patterson
When West Virginia toppled Pittsburgh in the 103rd Backyard Brawl, Connecticut suddenly had a reason to extra thankful this weekend. The Panthers loss opened up the Big East conference championship race to the Huskies and Mountaineers, with the prize of a BCS bowl berth at the finish line. Connecticut has been on a tear since starting the conference season 0-2. They have knocked off West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse on their climb up the standings. Now with two weeks left, the Huskies own the tie breaker against the top teams in the conference and control their own destiny. Connecticut has seized the opportunity so far against Cincinnati, leading 24-10 at half.
Jordan Todman has continued his impressive performance on the ground, creeping up on the 100 yard mark in the first half. Todman has broken the 100 yard mark in every game except a 26-0 shutout loss to Louisville, and is averaging 155 yards per game in the Huskies current win streak. It is awfully impressive to think that a team that just joined Division I is on the verge of a potential BCS Bowl game, and a huge credit to head coach Randy Edsall for getting them to this point.