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The Huskies open on Sept. 1 at home against Fordham. They have one of the league’s easier non-conference schedules, facing Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Buffalo and Western Michigan.

They also have four home games in the Big East.

Pasqualoni said he believes UConn will be in the mix to repeat as conference champions. But defensive tackle Kendal Reyes said the team isn’t worried about whether it can live up to last year. In fact, he’s not worried about any of the preseason predictions.

“All that matters,” he said, “is where we are … at the end.”