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TheRoundUp 12/30: Football preps for BCS, women set to take on Stanford

Another big chance soon for Oklahoma — UConn in Fiesta Bowl - The Boston Globe
Only Ohio State, which is making its ninth BCS appearance in the Sugar Bowl next week against Arkansas, has had more BCS appearances than the Sooners’ eight.

The Day - Huskies' best defense could be their offense | News from southeastern Connecticut
"If they have success running the ball it's going to be a long night," Venables told the Connecticut Post during a Tuesday media session. "Nothing's more agonizing as a defensive coach than somebody's ability to run the ball when you're in schemes you think they shouldn't be able to run the ball.

UConn Soaks Up The BCS Atmosphere - Hartford Courant
"This is a tremendous story," UConn coach Randy Edsall said Wednesday at media day. "It's about giving somebody an opportunity and then those people taking advantage of the opportunity and getting to the highest level. To me, I don't know if people are focusing enough on that. It's never happened before. Nobody's ever gone from [Division I-AA] to a BCS game in seven years. It hasn't happened. That's the great thing about America. The opportunities are presented and then you get people that go and work for a common goal, and you can accomplish it."

UConn linebacker has flourished away from home - Norwich, CT - Norwich Bulletin
Lawrence Wilson played football for Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., so it would seem like a natural progression for him to move on to the University of Alabama. Except for one little detail: The Crimson Tide pretty much ignored the linebacker. So, Wilson found a school that wanted him, UConn. Wilson’s father, after all, was a native of Connecticut.

UConn's quick move to D-I success 'incomprehensible' - GreenwichTime
"I was probably ahead of my time because I had predicted if you weren't in a BCS conference, you were going to be in trouble," Perkins said. "That's why we needed to make that move (to the Big East) to protect our other programs."

Women's basketball after the jump.

Two streaks at stake in Stanford-UConn matchup - San Jose Mercury News
The Cardinal, on the other hand, has a 51-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion, where senior starters Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen have never lost.

Stanford Poses a Challenge to UConn and Its Streak - NYTimes.com
It is UConn’s relentlessness that Stanford must match on Thursday, Pohlen said, the steadfastness to play fiercely from beginning to end, to come out punching in the second half instead of waiting to counterpunch.

The Day - UConn: 90-game streak on the line at a sold-out Stanford arena | News from southeastern Connecticut
"We spent last night and this morning trying to figure out a way to guard them and there's no easy way," Auriemma said. "They're the biggest team in college basketball; you're going to have to figure out a way to neutralize that."