Army's defense and special teams must improve. The defense couldn't get off the field in the first half against Fordham last week. The Black Knights allowed Fordham to score on five straight possessions (three touchdowns and two field goals). Special teams blunders (high snap on punt, allowing Fordham holder/punter to score on two-point conversion) directly resulted in four Fordham points and possibly cost Army the game.
What did Ahmad Bradshaw show in week 1 that made him the choice over senior QB A.J. Schurr?
Bradshaw was an elusive runner against Fordham, breaking tackles and making a number of defenders miss.
What about UConn’s offense makes Army most nervous heading into this game?
Probably, the versatility of quarterback Bryant Shirreffs.
What is the strength of this Army defense? Should UConn fans expect a lot of passes or more of a grind it out running style from the Huskies?
Inside linebacker Andrew King and Jeremy Timpf are returning starters and the strength of Army's defense. King and Timpf were asked to play beyond their assignments in Fordham game. Fordham had success running and throwing the football against Army. So, UConn could use that same balanced attack.
Who is the biggest Army threat on offense?
Bradshaw was close to breaking off huge runs a few times against Fordham. He brings athleticism that the quarterback position hasn't been seen in Army's triple-option offense for a while. Bradshaw also showed an element of passing that has been missing from the offense.
Who on the UConn defense do you see causing havoc for the Army offense?
Don't know about havoc. But, defensive tackles Julian Campenni and Mikal Myers could be a handful for Army's offensive line.
Player comparison time. What college player does Ahmad Bradshaw remind you of and why?
Some might say Navy's Keenan Reynolds because both are triple-option quarterbacks. Bradshaw's played only one game and has a long way to reach the level of Reynolds. But, Bradshaw showed some of the poise and confidence that Reynolds has in his college debut.
Finally, make your pick. Who do you see winning and why?
Going to stick with my early-week prediction. Army traditionally hasn't been a good road team. The Black Knights have dropped 20 straight games at an opponent's home stadium. UConn 31, Army 27.