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TheRoundUp 9/22: Let's mix it up and lead with football

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Jesse Joseph set for return - Big East Blog - ESPN
Joseph, one of the top defensive ends in the conference, could start Saturday against Buffalo. Regardless of whether he does or not, he is ready to make an immediate impact.

Offensive ineptitude holding back Huskies | News
McEntee's spot as the starting quarterback remains tenuous. Michael Nebrich is waiting in the wings and the team's run-oriented quarterback, Scott McCummings, is the only one to throw a touchdown pass this season. Pasqualoni paid lip service to his quarterback rotation but didn't commit to any of the three. Pasqualoni will make a decision late this week on who will start on Saturday.

The Day - Huskies shuffle O-line | News from southeastern Connecticut
On the depth chart for Saturday's game at Buffalo, Mike Ryan has moved from left tackle to right tackle, while Jimmy Bennett has moved from left guard to left tackle, and Kevin Friend goes from right tackle to left guard.

Connecticut (1-2) at Buffalo (1-2) (ET) -
Quarterback Chazz Anderson added 59 yards and one touchdown as well on the ground, but he was not overly impressive with his arm. The signal caller threw for just 149 yards and one touchdown, but inconsistency has plagued him this season. In three games Anderson has thrown for only 589 yards and has only three touchdowns against two interceptions. Anderson has made minor strides, but until he can be more consistent the strength of the offense will come from Oliver and the backfield.

UConn Football: Inconsistent UConn Football Team Looks To Improve Vs. Buffalo - Hartford Courant
"I think what we have to remember is these concepts that we're into offensively and defensively are still new to these guys," Pasqualoni said. "I equate some of the inconsistency on offense in the same context as the inconsistency on defense. We've played well on defense and then we give up the big play. We've given up too many big plays. "

Predictions: Big East Week 4 - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Connecticut (1-2) at Buffalo (1-2), 6 p.m., ESPN3. The Huskies have been dreadful on offense, and need to find some consistency at quarterback. Here is hoping coach Paul Pasqualoni comes to a decision and fast. The Bulls put a scare into Pitt in the season opener and are capable hitting some big passes. But the UConn defense is going to stop giving up the big plays which will help the Huskies win. UConn 24, Buffalo 17.

After Realignment Jitters, Calm Returns to College Football -
Unless a university of tangible financial value surfaces (Notre Dame or Texas), the A.C.C. will stay at 14 for the near future. There is little chance it will add UConn or Rutgers anytime soon, unless it is to complement a college of significant football value. University presidents do not mind leaving leagues so bludgeoned that they need tourniquets, but killing one would be frowned upon. The only people who do not realize this are UConn officials, who are tripping over themselves to leak stories about their unhappiness with the Big East, which hurts that league’s efforts to look stable and expand. But UConn, which has no athletic director and a new president, may have nowhere to go. Because most realignment decisions are driven by football, joining Massachusetts in the Mid-American Conference could be UConn’s best available option at this point.

UConn Hasn't Made Any Pledges To Big East - Hartford Courant
But a source told the Courant that UConn twice declined to pledge its long-term allegiance — after the departures of Syracuse and Pittsburgh last Sunday and again at a hastily called league meeting on Tuesday night.

Big 12, Big East start picking up pieces -
The Big East, left with only six football members after Pitt and Syracuse announced plans to join the ACC, must also find a new way forward while the Mountain West and Conference USA are in discussions about a partnership.

Big East vows to stay together as college athletic programs shuffle, late Dick Gavitt would be proud
Syracuse has had one winning season in Big East football during the last six years. Pitt has constantly underachieved in the same conference even though it has access to some of the best prep talent in the country in Western Pennsylvania. The Big East made both of those schools what they are in basketball today. Syracuse was a regional power that used to look forward to games against St. Bonaventure and Niagara. Pitt was trying to separate itself from Duquesne in its own city.

Missouri quiet as Texas and Oklahoma pledge Big 12 loyalty -
Mizzou’s silence could be understood as a position of dedication to the conference, and perhaps what one informed Big 12 school source had in mind by texting to "assume the Missouri/SEC rumor is false." But the silence also could be seen as conspicuous at a time a potential offer from the Southeastern Conference may hover.