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This just doesn’t do it for me.
Seriously, Saturday’s game against UConn is a big game.
I keep telling myself that, over and over. And over and over. It’s the top two teams in the Big EAST squaring off for control of the conference’s BCS bid. It’s actually a huge game. But it’s still UConn. And as much as I try to fool myself, it always comes back to, “it’s still UConn.”
Out of all the new conference teams, UConn is probably the one that feels least like a big-time program, at least to me. Even with what’s at stake this weekend, I can’t make myself get excited. Trust me, I’ve tried. I’ve tried cocaine to get myself amped up. I chugged a whole pot of coffee. I even swallowed like 14 No-Doz and then drank 47 Mountain Dews. Still, nothing.
So, if you have any ideas on how I can get excited about this game, please let me know. Because, as of right now, I am seriously looking past a team towards Cincinnati. Sad, isn’t it?
Actually, I just asked him some questions, and he answered them, so that headline might be a misleading.
Either way, Chip is the UConn football beat writer for the New Haven Register. He also is the proprieter of “Runway Ramblings,” a very good UConn football blog which has been linked from this site for months (I highly recommend it). We exchanged a little Q&A this afternoon to help get everyone a little more prepared for this week’s big game. And if you’re surprised about hearing the words “UConn football” and “big game” used together, join the club.
My questions and Chip’s answers after the jump…
That’s right, boys and girls, it’s UConn week. And what a big week it is.
Every year, when the schedule comes out, I circle this game as one of the biggest of the Mountaineers’ season. With two national championships, eight Elite 8 appearances, and tons of All-Americans, UConn is one of the most storied programs in the country. Plus, you don’t just go into their house and walk away with an easy victory.
The revenge factor has to be high this year, especially, since WVU dealt UConn a crushing defeat in the Big EAST Tournament just last March. Returning players from that team, including Haseem Thabeet, AJ Price, Jeff Adrien, and Jerome Dyson, join all-world freshman Kemba Walker to form the predicted #1 team in this year’s Big EAST.
Throughout the week, we’ll have plenty to talk about here on WBGV. Profiles of Jim Calhoun and Kemba Walker, and interview with Associate Head Coach George Blaney, and a recap of all of WVU’s games at Gampel Pavillion over the years. It should be a fun week.
You wanted Morgantown to rock? You wanted the crowd to finally be in a game? You’re about to see it tomorrow. You’re about to see 60,000+ of your closest friends cheer like they KNOW we’re going to the National Championship. This fan base is about to come alive, finally.
I have not been this excited about Mountaineer football since my friend poured a full beer on himself at the Sugar Bowl. This is it, ladies and gentlemen. Win out and we get called to the show. Lose and it’s over. Want to see some Mountaineer fans cheer like their hopes and dreams hang in the balance? Witness it at Mountaineer Field tomorrow.
And, hoping all goes well, watch everything you see tomorrow TIMES TWO against Pitt next week.
I’m drunk now. I’m drunk tomorrow. See you in Morgantown.
I like to bet on football. I do it every season and have yet to lose my shirt, house, affection from loved ones, etc. Because of this, my mind is always thinking with a point spread perspective. Usually, when it comes to WVU games, I can speculate within a point or two of each spread, before it comes out. Every once in awhile, though, Vegas will completely shock me, just usually not with WVU. Today is a first.
Last night, the UConn @ WVU spread was released. Want to know what it is? You sure? Are you sitting down? Just making sure…
WVU is a 17 point favorite. Yes, that’s right, 17
The Big EAST Championship will come down to two teams, both of which are playing for a BCS berth. One of those teams, however, might be a high school team. Good lord, I would expect a 17 point spread against Pitt (note: it will be higher), but I just didn’t see it coming against UConn. My guess was somewhere between 10-12. Needless to say, I was wrong.