Three Things To Watch

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Time for all the talking to stop. Time for all the flashbacks to Randy Edsall's exit to end. Are you ready for some football? Time to play the game.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH (UConn at Maryland)

1. UConn's offensive line: Until the Huskies start piling up some yards on offense, all eyes are going to be on the offensive line, the blocking and execution. Point the blame at the coaching staff if you want, but don't the players have to get the job done? Chandler Whitmer can function better in the pocket with more protection. The guys on the line did a little bonding the other night at the Asian Bistro, consuming mass quantities of hibachi steak. Maybe that will help.

2. Maryland quarterback Perry Hills: The Terps are riding with a true freshman at QB. He was ACC Rookie of the Week after his game against Temple. He was 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a touchdown. Not great numbers but not bad. Don't think young Mr. Hills has seen a defense like the one UConn puts on the field. Can he keep his composure?

3. Edsall emotion: You might have heard former UConn coach Randy Edsall hangs out in College Park these days. That made for lots of great copy and many headlines this week until Jim Calhoun retired and pulled the attention back to UConn basketball. The Edsall storyline will be good through the pregame show on TV. After that, it will quiet down. I predict several Huskies will shake his hand after the game. Why not?

BIG EAST POWER RATINGS

1. Louisville (2-0): QB Teddy Bridgewater has completed 81.7 percent of his passes in the first two games. And he hasn't thrown an interception.

2. Rutgers (3-0): The Rutgers defense has played well and Thursday's win over USF was big for the Scarlet Knights. Running game was impressive.

3. Cincinnati (1-0): Bearcats should easily go 2-0 with game against Delaware State.

4. USF (2-1): More disappointment for Skip Holtz this year?

5. UConn (1-1): So impressed with UConn's defense. Can't the offense help out a little bit? Edsall Bowl Saturday.

6. Syracuse (0-2): I'm not sold on the idea that Syracuse is the best 0-2 team in the nation.

7. Temple (1-1): Could it be that Temple's offense is more pathetic than UConn's?

8. Pitt (0-2): Virginia Tech arrives at Pitt, thinking "gobble, gobble."

THIS WEEK'S BIG EAST SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 15

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh............................... Noon

Television: ESPNU

Series: Virginia Tech leads, 7-4

Last Meeting: Nov. 8, 2003 — Pittsburgh, 31-28

Connecticut at Maryland......................... 12:30 p.m.

Television: BIG EAST Network

Series: Maryland leads, 1-0

Last Meeting: Sept. 27, 1942 — Maryland, 34-0

North Carolina at Louisville........................ 3:30 p.m.

Television: ABC/ESPN2

Series: Tied, 3-3

Last Meeting: Oct. 8, 2011 — North Carolina, 14-7

Stony Brook at Syracuse.................................4 p.m.

Television: BIG EAST Network

Series: First meeting

Delaware State at Cincinnati...........................7 p.m.

Television: ESPN3

Series: First meeting


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