We've all had a good month at least to think about the opener. What are your keys to the game other than the obvious one: HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL. In my opinion, it comes down to:
1. Stopping the UCONN run game: After watching highlights of Todman, I've got to admit the guy is pretty darn good. He's fast, shifty, and has good vision for a RB. If we limit long runs and keep his yardage below 100 yards, I'd be happy.
2. Time of possession: We've seen our share of quick three-and-outs and a more up tempo pace under RRod. We either have to have a significant number of sustained drives and/or slow the tempo down a little. The worst thing that can happen IMO is to have UCONN dominate the time of possession, especially considering the concerns with the D. Keep our D rested and off the field.
3. Converting in the Red Zone: We have to put the ball in the end zone when we have it in the red zone, plain and simple. Many drives last year stalled in the red zone, and we simply can't rely on a new kicker in the first game.