Louisville v Connecticut

Louisville overcomes slow offensive start for comfortable halftime lead

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Louisville still has a chance to win an automatic BCS berth out of the American, but they will need some help from around the conference this month to make it happen. The Cardinals also need to beat Connecticut tonight t keep that thought alive. That, of course, was not something Louisville was able to do last season, losing to the Huskies in triple overtime. Tonight in Storrs, the Cardinals took a while to get going but are starting to take control of the game. Louisville leads UConn 21-3 at halftime.

Connecticut took the game’s opening drive just in to the red zone but Martin Hyppolite lost a fumble to kill an early opportunity of the home team. Louisville’s defense again held firm to force a punt on UConn’s next offensive possession and the special teams heroics kicked in for the first score of the game. A bad snap on a punt was knocked away by a pair of Louisville players and Charles Gaines picked it up for a quick seven-yard return for a touchdown and the early lead.

From there, Teddy Bridgewater and the offense woke up a little bit. Bridgewater tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker and Senorise Perry rushed five yards for another in the second quarter to build a 21-3 lead. Bridgewater has completed nine of 14 pass attempts for 144 yards.

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.