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Duke named national team of the week by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

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Duke pulled off its first upset over a ranked team on the road since 1971 this past Saturday and, as a result, was honored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl as its National Team of the Week.

The Blue Devils went on the road to beat No. 16 Virginia Tech, 13-10, ending a 12-game losing streak to the Hokies dating back to 1981. It was Duke’s first win in 21 tries in Blacksburg.

The win was also Duke’s first over a ranked opponent since 1994. Duke, which has never played in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons, is now bowl-eligible for a second straight year

“Being a part of a change in the program is the most amazing feeling you can have,” said Duke linebacker David Helton, who had 19 tackles and a pass breakup in the game. “It feels out of this world.”

If the Blue Devils find a way to win three of their next five games, they’d have nine wins in season for the first time since 1941. The coach that year was Wallace Wade, for whom Duke’s football stadium is named.

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.