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COLLEGE PARK, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: A general view as the Richmond Spiders play the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on September 5, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. The Maryland Terrapins won, 50-21. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Maryland, Virginia renew old rivalry with home-and-home series

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Conference realignment broke up dozens of traditional rivalries back in the early part of this decade but one that probably wasn’t on the radar of most fans was the longstanding game between Maryland and Virginia.

The two regional rivals played annually since 1957 when they were both in the ACC, but haven’t met since 2013 after the Terps departed for the greener pastures of the Big Ten. Looking to change that, the two schools announced on Thursday that they were renewing the game with a home-and-home series set to take place in the distant future.

According to releases from both programs, the Cavaliers will travel to College Park on September 16, 2023. That will be followed up by the Terps trip to Charlottesville on September 14, 2024.

Maryland has played Virginia 78 times, which the school notes is the most of any opponent in program history. The Terps lead the series 44-32-2 all-time and won the last two meetings back in 2012 and 2013.

So sure, it’s not as notable as Texas and Texas A&M or West Virginia and Pitt renewing a rivalry game but for those select fans in the Northeast, it’s an interesting bit of news to look forward to years from now.

Alabama opens as Bovada’s early 2017 title favorite

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after throwing a 68-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama may have seen their dynasty temporarily derailed Monday night in Florida, but at least one wagering establishment expects Nick Saban to get it back on track post-haste.

Bovada.lv released its opening set of 2017 national championship odds very early Tuesday afternoon, with the bookmaker installing Bama as a 4/1 favorite coming off the loss to Clemson.  Last year at this time, coming off their fourth title in seven years, the same book had the Crimson Tide as a 7/1 favorite.

The team ‘Bama beat, Clemson, is at 16/1, tied with ACC Atlantic rival Louisville and behind six other teams besides the one they beat on the field last night — Florida State (7/1), Ohio State (15/2), Michigan (9/1), Oklahoma (9/1), USC (9/1) and LSU (12/1).  The other 2016 playoff team, Washington, is at 40/1, the same as 4-8 Notre Dame and behind the likes of Texas (28/1) and Miami (33/1).

Boise State, at 75/1, was the highest favorite amongst Group of Five programs.

Below are the complete list of 2018 title odds for the championship following the 2017 season, again courtesy on Bovada.lv:

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UConn confirms return of Randy Edsall as head coach

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Randy Edsall has shown that, indeed, you can go home again — even after a less-than-amicable divorce.

Following up on the reports that first surfaced Tuesday, UConn officially confirmed Wednesday that Edsall has returned as the head football coach of the Huskies.  Edsall replaces Bob Diaco, who was fired two days ago after three years on the job.

The new old coach will be formally introduced at an 11 a.m. ET press conference Friday.

“We are excited to welcome Coach Edsall back to the University of Connecticut,” said president Susan Herbst in a statement. “He possesses the passion, experience and commitment to lead our program and develop our student-athletes, both on and off the field.”

“Coach Edsall is the right fit for our university, football program and student-athletes,” athletic director David Benedict said. “He led UConn to its most successful period in the history of our football program, and I believe he will provide consistent leadership and long-term success once again.”

Edsall spent a dozen seasons as UConn’s head coach, guiding the Huskies to a 74-70 record from 1999-2010. Since Edsall departed for Maryland, UConn has gone 24-49 in six seasons.

Fired by Maryland midway through the 2015 season after posting a 22-34 record with the Terrapins, Edsall is spent the 2016 season as “Director of Football Research” for the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to rejoin and lead the UConn program,” said Edsall. “I want to thank President Herbst, Athletic Director David Benedict and the rest of the administration for believing I am the right person to build this program and develop its student-athletes. I look forward to working with David, our student-athletes and the entire athletic department.”

Mindful of his controversial departure from Storrs — he left for the Terps job immediately after the Fiesta Bowl without telling his players personally — Edsall issued a mea culpa for the manner in which he left.

“Certainly as I look back on it, I wish I had done things differently in that instance,” said Edsall. “I completely understand and respect that there are loyal fans, supporters and former players that still have not forgotten and it will take time to forgive. I have many incredible memories of my time at UConn and I hope the fans do too. It is my goal to get us back to that level of success and I hope that all of the Husky fans out there will be along for the ride.”

Not including bonuses, Edsall will earn $1 million in guaranteed compensation in the first year of the five-year deal.  Diaco was paid $1.7 million in what turned out to be his final season with the Huskies.

According to the school, the buyouts for UConn and Edsall will mirror each other beginning at $3 million and decreasing $1 million each year to zero after the third year.

Report: Randy Edsall ‘very strong candidate’ for UConn job

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Randy Edsall of the Connecticut Huskies directs his players in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 27, 2010 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Huskies defeated the Bearcats 38-17.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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At least at UConn, what’s old could become new once again.

The day after Christmas, the Huskies announced that they had fired head coach Bob Diaco after three seasons on the job.  A day after the dismissal, a report has emerged that former UConn head coach Randy Edsall has emerged as a “very strong candidate” to return as coach.

Edsall spent a dozen seasons as UConn’s head coach, guiding the Huskies to a 74-70 record from 1999-2010. Since Edsall departed for Maryland, UConn has gone 24-49 in six seasons.

Fired by Maryland midway through the 2015 season, Edsall is currently serving as “director of Football Research” for the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

Boston College uses big plays to score 29 points in first half of Quick Lane Bowl. Yes, THAT Boston College

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 26: Matt Milano #28 of the Boston College Eagles sacks quarterback Perry Hills #11 of the Maryland Terrapins during the first quarter of the game at Ford Field on December 26, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Things may have gotten off to a rusty start in the Quick Lane Bowl, but Maryland and Boston College started heating things up a bit in the second quarter to set the stage for what could be an entertaining second half in Detroit. Boston College’s defense has set the tone and allowed the Eagles from the ACC to get a good lead on the Terrapins from the Big Ten, but big plays on the ground have allowed Maryland to chip away. At halftime in the Quick Lane Bowl, Boston College leads Maryland, 29-13. Boston College has not scored 29 points in a game against a Power Five opponent since 2014, and they just did it in the first half of this afternoon’s Quick Lane Bowl.

Boston College running back Jon Hilliman punched in a touchdown from the goal line in the first quarter, but Boston College missed the extra point attempt. The Eagles extended their lead to 16-0 in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Patrick Towles to a wide open Tommy Sweeney and a field goal. Until that point, Maryland could do almost nothing on offense against Boston College’s stingy defense. Maryland running back Ty Johnson finally found a path to break a long touchdown run to get the Terrapins on the board, running 62 yards to the house to cut the Boston College lead to 16-7. Boston College responded with some big plays of its own, including a reverse that saw Jeff Smith toss a touchdown pass to quarterback Patrick Towles to regain the 16-point advantage.

On Maryland’s ensuing possession, Johnson struck gold once more with a 30-yard run up the middle of the defense, trimming the Boston College lead to 10. Then, rather than kick the extra point, Boston College chose to chase the points and run a two-point conversion play that was pretty horrible in execution, not to mention the timing.

We’ll see if that one point comes back to haunt Maryland in the second half. They’ll have a lot of work to do in order to make that relevant.

Towles went deep to Michael Walker for a 49-yard touchdown in the final minute, taking advantage of a late offensive possession. The Eagles got the ball off a Maryland punt at their 30-yard line and two plays later were boosting their lead to 29-13 (missing the extra point for a second time).