Projected 2017 record and S&P+ ranking: 3-9 (125th)
Biggest strength: Defensive end Luke Carrezola, linebacker Vontae Diggs, and company give new coordinator Billy Crocker some exciting attackers.
Biggest question mark: How much can a truly horrendous offense improve in one year, even with experience and an exciting coordinator hire? Because UConn’s offense was truly horrendous.
Biggest 2017 game: USF comes to East Hartford in Week 2. That’s UConn’s first and maybe best chance to make a statement. (It’s also one of 10 games in which the Huskies have a 25 percent or worse chance of winning. This is a massive Year Zero situation.)
Summary: After playing listless football in his absence, UConn brought Edsall back to resurrect a program he once had playing at a top-50 level. Old dogs, new tricks, etc., but Edsall made some exciting hires and could have this team playing interesting ball … by 2018.