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EDSALL BOWL

Maryland coach Randy Edsall faces his old team for the first time, when Connecticut visits the Terps on Saturday.

Edsall wasn’t exactly Nick Saban at Storrs, 74-70 in 11 seasons, but he won over most Huskies fans by generally maxing out his teams’ potential. They figured that one day Edsall would leave for a better job … but Maryland? And just hours after the Huskies had lost the Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma.

Fair to say there were some hurt feelings.

“It is not going to be hard to get fired up for that one, definitely. That is about it; that is all I am going to say about that,” UConn defensive tackle Ryan Wirth told the Middletown (Conn.) Press after a 10-7 loss at home to North Carolina State.

The Terps already have matched last season’s win total with close with victories against William & Mary and Temple. Edsall still has a long way to go to convince the many skeptics in College Park.

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QUICK HITS

_ No. 14 Texas visits Mississippi, off to a 2-0 start under new coach Hugh Freeze. Not much was expected of the Rebels, but a 28-10 victory against UTEP has Ole Miss fans pumped to welcome the Longhorns to Oxford. Texas hasn’t played a Southeastern Conference team other than Arkansas in the regular season since 1992. Ole Miss hasn’t hosted a nonconference opponent from another BCS automatic-qualifying conference since 2008.

_ Colorado fans have to be hoping this is rock bottom after losses to rival Colorado State and Sacramento State to open the season. The Buffaloes are at Fresno State on Saturday.

_ Really big game in the Big East on Thursday with Rutgers (2-0) visiting South Florida (2-0). Both teams are coming off a short week, but all short weeks are not created equal. The Scarlet Knights shut out Howard at home on Saturday. The Bulls came from 11 down in the fourth quarter to win at Nevada, and then got home at 4 a.m. Sunday. USF coach Skip Holtz said Monday he had a “tired” team.

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LAST WORD

“We still believe in John L., 100 percent.” Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg said about coach John L. Smith. Razorbacks fans aren’t quite as confident after a loss to Louisiana-Monroe, especially with No. 1 Alabama coming to Fayetteville on Saturday.

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