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TheRoundUp 10/26: Well would you look at that, UConn has a football game tonight

In Shifting Landscape, UConn Football Loses Ground -
UConn plays at Pittsburgh (3-4, 1-1) on Wednesday night in a nationally televised game. The Huskies players hope a victory will align them for a late-season resurgence not unlike last year’s, when they won five straight games to end the regular season to claim an unlikely first Bowl Championship Series berth.

Capsule: UConn At Pittsburgh - Hartford Courant
What UConn must do to win: The defensive line must do two things — pressure quarterback Tino Sunseri so he's uncomfortable throwing in Pitt's new system and remind him that the Huskies have knocked him around a little. For the first time this season, the Huskies face a team with a formidable rushing attack. The UConn front, which gives up 89 rushing yards a game (11th in the nation), will be challenged. Ray Graham is the nation's second-leading rusher (134.1 yards a game) but he pulled up with a hamstring injury against Rutgers on Oct. 8 and was held to 46 yards on 12 carries in a 26-14 loss to Utah on Oct. 15.

UConn works on handling the pressure - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
McEntee has been sacked 12 times in the last two games, leaving quarterback protection one of the big priorities headed into their game against Pitt on Wednesday. UConn has seen more blitzes in those two games against West Virginia and USF because, simply put, it has an inexperienced quarterback.

UConn Football At Pitt: UConn's offense needs to step up Wednesday Night against Pitt - Hartford Courant
Said senior center Moe Petrus: "Learning a new offense is tough and having some new guys on the line, we haven't completely jelled. The sacks, watching it from the stands and stuff it looks really bad but at the same time some of it is on the protection, some of it's on the scheme. It's not all on the offensive line. Obviously, we don't want to give up any sacks but we're not worried about the pressures Pitt is going to bring after watching the South Florida game because we know we can handle the pressure. We just have to execute better."


Pitt Vs. UConn: Keys to Victory - Cardiac Hill
I know it, you know it, heck a newborn baby probably can tell you that Pitt's offense has struggled badly in the past two games. Connecticut on defense is similar to Pitt. They'll get stops in the backfield. The offensive line had a bit of a change this week with the return of Lucas Nix. Can the line hold up against this Connecticut defense? If the line can manage some form of protection and blocking, it'll at least allow for Tino and the offense to establish some form of consistency. And in this game, offense will likely be at a minimum. I wouldn't be surprised if the first team to 20 points wins.

Pittsburgh hosts UCONN in Wednesday Big East Battle
Tino Sunseri was supposed to be the leader of this offense after what was a solid sophomore season. It’s hard to determine exactly what has held Sunseri back this season, but he has regressed in his playmaking ability, and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns through the first 7 game of the year. The Panthers returned 6 of the 11 offensive starters from 2010 (3 line), however they are scoring less points per game.

UConn football notebook: McCombs shoulders the load at RB - StamfordAdvocate
"I never dreamed in the spring that Lyle ¦when I got in here I didn't really anticipate that Lyle would have to carry the load, but we lost so many backs," UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni said Monday on the Big East conference call. "(Jordan) Todman going early, Robbie Frey left early, D.J. Shoemate getting hurt, I just didn't anticipate it. But he's done an excellent job."

Worcester Telegram & Gazette - - UConn coach: Div. 1 players lose out on fun
"It's your job," Auriemma said. "Somebody's paying you $30,000, $40,000, $50,000 a year for you to play basketball and for that, there's a lot expected of you and sometimes that gets in the way. That gets in the way of the enjoyment factor."