Connecticut, in a sense, controls its postseason destiny. In their first season as a Big East member, the Huskies must win one, and probably two, of their final three games to earn a bowl invitation.
Not bad for a team three seasons removed from the I-AA level.
Coming off a bye week, Connecticut (5-3) will play at Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Huskies will wrap up the season with a home game against Buffalo (Nov. 20) and a trip to Rutgers on Thanksgiving.
Connecticut has dropped two of its last three games and is 0-2 on the road, but quarterback Dan Orlovsky and tailback Cornell Brockington still comprise one of the league's top combinations.
Orlovsky has passed for 2,363 yards and 17 touchdowns against 12 interceptions this season. Brockington leads the Big East with 111.75 rushing yards per game and had managed seven scores.
If Connecticut earns a split with Georgia Tech and Buffalo, it could set up a very meaningful game against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights still need two wins to become bowl eligible, but that game could go a long way toward deciding each team's postseason future.
KEEP AN EYE ON
QB Dan Orlovsky -- The senior completed 39 of 51 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Syracuse on Oct. 30. Orlovsky, who was also intercepted twice, hit 10 different receivers.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We have to understand that you don't have the comforts of home and the fans cheering for you. You just can't go on the road and make all the mistakes we made." -- Coach Randy Edsall, following Connecticut's loss at Syracuse. After playing six of their first seven games at home, the Huskies will face two of their final three opponents on the road.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
QB Dan Orlovsky, who has already been invited to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29, set a career high for completions (39) and passing yardage (445) in the loss to Syracuse.
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
Connecticut's five turnovers against Syracuse were the most it has committed since joining the Division I-A ranks three seasons ago. In a disturbing trend, the Huskies gave away four turnovers in a 45-31 win over Temple on Oct. 23.
Freshman TB Larry Taylor (ankle) may be available against Georgia Tech.