Missouri v South Carolina

James Franklin still Mizzou’s man under center

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There’s the shoulder issue that’s lingered into the regular season.  There’s the painkiller “controversy”  as a result of that shoulder issue.  There’s the largely ineffective play in a second consecutive SEC loss.

Despite that, there’s one thing there won’t be for Missouri — a change at quarterback.

With the game out of hand late in the fourth quarter, James Franklin was lifted by head coach Gary Pinkel in favor of Corbin Berkstresser, who started last weekend’s win over Arizona State due to Franklin’s shoulder/painkiller issue.  Berkstresser led the Tigers to their lone touchdown on the day against South Carolina, a garbage-time score that, for whatever reason, allowed the dreaded QB controversy to rear its ugly head.

Pinkel, though, was succinct in declaring nothing has changed at the position.

“It was the end of the game, the fourth quarter,” the coach said when asked about Berkstresser’s insertion into the huddle, emphatically adding, “James Franklin’s our starter.”

Franklin wasn’t exactly horrible in the 31-10 loss to the Gamecocks, but simply couldn’t gain any type of traction or rhythm against a defense that was much more physical and athletic than anything the uptempo Tigers were used to seeing in the Big 12.  While the junior completed eight-of-11 passes and didn’t throw an interception, he was able to muster just 92 yards through the air.

The best news for Mizzou on what was a lost SEC weekend?  Health-wise, Franklin appears to have come out of the game without aggravating the injury.

“I’m surprised it didn’t hurt worse,” he said. “It was a little frustrating, but thankfully it didn’t make” the injury “worse.”

“I’m sure on some throws it kind of hurt my confidence,” he added, “because … I was a little worried about it. But for the most part I don’t think it really affected anything.”

Red River Rivalry blacked out for some DISH subscribers in Texas

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Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.

Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.

“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”

Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.

This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.

Maryland going back to Perry Hills at QB vs. Buckeyes

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Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.

Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.

Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.