The recent history of 0-3…

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Chandler Whitmer (AP)

Chandler Whitmer (AP)

 

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Tuesday that he “wouldn’t consider UConn a lesser opponent,” but the numbers suggest otherwise.

UConn opens as a 19-point underdog Saturday against the Maize and Blue, which narrowly escaped a near-catastrophe versus Akron last weekend (for the record, Akron had lost 24 consecutive road games when it almost nipped the Wolverines at The Big House).

Nonetheless, Michigan is 3-o with a bevy of playmakers. UConn is 0-2, hoping to avoid the dreaded 0-3 start that is rarely turned around.

I touched on the recent history of 0-3 teams in my column last Sunday. Here’s a little more background on the 59 Division I teams to start 0-3 from 2008-2012.

HIGH-MAJORS (school, year — final record)

Colorado, 2012  — 1-11

Boston College, 2011 — 4-8

Oregon State, 2011 — 3-9

Virginia, 2009 — 3-9

Rutgers, 2008 — 8-5

Syracuse, 2009 — 3-9

Washington, 2008 — 0-12

Washington State, 2008 — 2-11

Colin Kaepernick (AP)

Colin Kaepernick (AP)

THEY TURNED IT AROUND…

Nevada, 2009 — Consecutive losses to No. 23 Notre Dame, Colorado State and Missouri were quickly erased by eight straight wins. By the way, the Wolfpack had Colin Kaepernick under center. He may have had something to do with the eight wins.

Rutgers, 2008 — Not only did the Scarlet Knights drop their first three games (Fresno State, UNC, Navy), but they lost five of their first six. Rutgers knocked off UConn, 12-10, on its homecoming and never lost again. Led by quarterback Mike Teel’s 3,418 yards and 25 touchdowns, the Scarlet Knights reeled off seven straight to close the year, including a victory in the PapaJohn’s.com Bowl.

Florida International, 2010 — FIU played “up” in the non-league, scheduling Rutgers, Texas A&M, Maryland and Pitt to kick things off. The Panthers finished 7-6 with a victory over Toledo in the Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl.

Western Kentucky, 2011 — Willie Taggart coached the Hilltoppers to a 7-1 Sun Belt record and an 0-4 mark in the non-conference (losses to No. 1 LSU, Kentucky, Navy and Indiana State).

Memphis, 2008 — The Tigers didn’t play a ranked team the entire year. They snuck into the St. Petersburg Bowl with a 6-6 record and got drilled by USF, 41-14.

THEY KIND OF TURNED IT AROUND…

Houston, 2012 — 5-7

Kent State, 2011 — 5-7

San Jose State, 2011 — 5-7

North Texas, 2011 — 5-7

Marshall, 2010 — 5-7

Florida Atlantic, 2009 — 5-7

Florida International, 2008 — 5-7

THEY DIDN’T…

 4-8: Wyoming 2012, Memphis 2012, Miami (Ohio) 2011, Ohio 2008, UAB 2008.

3-9: UAB 2012, UAB 2011, Colorado State 2010, North Texas 2010, Florida International 2009, Utah State 2008, Army 2008.

2-10: Tulane 2012, Eastern Michigan 2012, UNLV 2012, Army 2012, Middle Tennessee State 2011, Eastern Michigan 2010, New Mexico State 2010, Western Kentucky 2010, Ball State 2009, San Jose State 2009, San Diego State 2008.

1-11: Akron 2012, UMass 2012, Idaho 2012, Akron 2011, Florida Atlantic 2011, Akron 2010, New Mexico 2010, New Mexico 2009, North Texas 2008.

Winless: Southern Miss 2012, Eastern Michigan 2009, Western Kentucky 2009.

 

 

 

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