December 2nd Jump Off

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UConn Football: Even Without No. 1 QB, Cincinnati A Big Test For UConn Football // Courant.com

"They're very prideful," second-year coach Butch Jones said. "You look at the adversities this football team had to suffer. When your emotional leader and the leader of your offense is laying there on the ground and being taken off on a cart, that takes a little something from you. …To go on the road at Syracuse and bounce back, that's a tribute to everyone in our football program."

Once porous, UC defense now strong // cincinnati.com

"It's just hanging in there and continuing to fight, believing in the scheme, believing in the kids, believing in the staff," Banks said. "Things aren't always going to go the way you want, but we believe if you work extremely hard and you have great mental conditioning, you've got a chance to be successful."

I haven't always been the biggest fan of Banks, but he has made me a believer, almost. His calling of games has been much better and more unpredictable this season. It's a big reason why UC's defense has been effective in 2011.

Cats hoping for quiet Doghouse // cincinnati.com

"I'm hoping that everybody in Athens is in Atlanta for the football game Saturday," Cronin said. "I'm hoping there's a big party (tonight) for the Georgia alumni and students in Atlanta. That's my hope."

I am betting that Cronin is getting his wish tonight. Call it a hunch

Cincinnati Loses BCS Bid But Can Still Ruin Louisville’s Opportunity // Bearcats Nation

I knew going into the West Virgina-South Florida game it would be a lot to ask for the Bulls to actually win this late in the season. USF has late season collapses down to a science. And they lost last night in a way that makes you think they had been practicing that all season. All I could do was laugh when B.J. Daniels fumbled deep in West Virginia’s territory. It was almost bound to happen!

I will never forgive you BJ Daniels, you joing Colt McCoy and Hunter Lawrence in the guys I really hate for doing things on the field to screw UC over.

An Open Letter To The Connecticut Huskies // Card Chronicle
And this makes me depressed because I can never, ever, ever be this creative a writer

If no one is paying fans to watch the Big Ten title game, fans aren’t paying to watch it, either // Dr. Saturday
I am told that plenty of good seats are still available

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