Ole Miss Football: Ranking 2020 opponents by toughness

John Rhys Plumlee, Ole Miss football (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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UConn football
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It’s a staple at the 12 spot on these lists; the FCS program that gets paid to come into town and get beat down by a big school. The Redhawks made a trip to another SEC school in 2019, taking on Missouri in a game where the Tigers would win 50-0.

The Redhawks would finish the season 9-4, including a 7-1 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference. They haven’t had as much success jumping to play an FBS team, however.

No longer in the AAC, 2020 marks the first year of UConn football as an independent. The school made the move back to the Big East, and understandable one considering that basketball is the bread and butter in Storrs.

This team has a ton of experience, but that doesn’t always guarantee success. Returning 17 starters from a team that won only two games in 2019 is especially hollow. The Huskies were winless in the AAC a year ago, and they ranked last in the conference in both scoring offense and scoring defense.

In his 15 years at the helm, Randy Edsall has compiled an 80-100 overall record. It’s tough to see him improving on that winning percentage anytime soon.