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UConn football returned after a year off - and somehow is more embarrassing than when it left

In case you don't follow UConn football on a day-to-day basis (which is literally everyone on planet Earth except for like six people) you probably have forgotten that UConn was one of only three FBS football programs that didn't play a game last fall.

You also probably forgot that UConn was an FBS program. But that's another conversation for another day.

Yet in a spin zone for the ages, coach Randy Edsall has spent the last 18 months saying how not playing - like literally, not putting on pads or stepping on the field against another team - would help the Huskies. His argument: It would give them more time in the weight room, more time on the playbook, rather than having to execute it all in those pesky games.

Here was a quote on the matter that he dropped on reporters earlier this week, via the Hartford Courant.

“Put any game on,” Edsall said at UConn football’s media day Thursday. “Really, put those things on. And I think if you talk to the kids, they’ll say, ‘I feel so much stronger, I feel so much better physically, so much better from a mental standpoint knowing things.’”

So you can forgive me if - as a UConn alum - I went into Saturday's game against Fresno State with some optimism that oh, I don't know, UConn might not actually embarrass itself quite as much this season. No I wasn't expecting 10 wins, or even six. And yes, Fresno is sneaky good and a Mountain West dark horse.

But who knows, maybe a sign or two of respectability?

To quote Randy Jackson, ah yeah, that'd be a no dawg.

Final score, 45-0.

Yet it wasn't just the final score, but also how we got there.

Take a look at some of the highlights/low lights of the game:

Still though, the 45-0 final score only told half the story.

In total, the Huskies finished with 107 yards of total offense.

They had 35 yards rushing on 31 carries - for a cool, 1.1 yards per rush.

They had nine total first downs and went 2 for 16 on third down conversions.

To which I ask, what exactly were they practicing over the last year-and-a-half?

Who knows, but what is clear is this: The Randy Edsall Experience 2.0 is even worse than the second Space Jam. And I say that as someone who was at UConn for the glory days of the early and mid-2000's, when Dan Orlovsky and a slew of future NFL guys were in the program.

I guess if you're looking for a positive, there is this:

If you follow me on Twitter, I told you to bet Fresno in the first half.

So hopefully you at least made a little money.

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