We say it every year -- preseason rankings are pretty much worthless -- right before we proceed to provide you with the latest preseason rankings. But that's the nature of fandom; irrationality reigns even when common sense dictates that what the media thinks weeks and months before games are even played are an exercise in getting people to talk. Which, we guess, is the point.
And that brings us to Big East media day and specifically, the conference's 2012 preseason poll where the Huskies are ranked … sixth out of eight schools, ahead of Syracuse and Big East newcomer Temple. Louisville tops the list, followed by USF, Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh.
More details on the Huskies via the official website Connecticut athletics: "UConn, under second year head coach Paul Pasqualoni, has a defense that returns eight starters from last year and a pair of dangerous offensive options with the return of running back Lyle McCombs and tight end Ryan Griffin -- both All-BIG EAST picks last season. The Huskies open the season on Thursday, August 30, when they play host to Massachusetts at Rentschler Field at 7:30 p.m."
Back in June, Phil Steele, the man behind the annual College Football Preview, released his own preseason rankings and also had the Huskies as the No. 6 team in the Big East. Amazingly, his list was identical to the just-released conference preseason poll except that he had Louisville and USF switched at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. A year ago, Steele picked the Huskies to finish fifth (by the time it was over they were … sixth), but this year expectations are higher. The defense has a chance to be just as good if not better, and the offense is expected to improve if for no other reason than the quarterback -- whomever he may be -- will be an improvement over the 2011 version of Johnny McEntee, who had no experience before he was thrust into the job.
As we've done in previous post about preseason rankings, it seems fitting to end with a quote from former Huskies coach Randy Edsall. In 2010 after the Huskies were picked fourth in the Big East, Edsall had this to say: “My reaction is the same as it was last year. Who cares? We don’t get excited about preseason polls. It’s all about what you do on the field.”