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Temple coach, mentor meet

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut's Paul Pasqualoni will face an old protege today when Steve Addazio and Temple visit Rentschler Field.


Addazio was hired by Pasqualoni to his first coaching job at Western Connecticut and also served under him at Syracuse.


But he will be trying to spoil homecoming week at UConn. The Owls (2-2) are looking to go 2-0 in the Big East after rejoining the conference this season, coming off a big home win over South Florida in their return-debut league game.


Connecticut (3-3, 0-1), meanwhile, opened conference play with a loss at Rutgers. The Huskies have not won or lost two consecutive games all season. The Huskies are ranked sixth in the nation in total defense, but 110th out of 120 FBS teams in total offense.


Rutgers faces Syracuse

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — If there was a true start to quarterback Gary Nova's career at No. 20 Rutgers, it came last year against Syracuse.


The then-true freshman replaced Chas Dodd in the second half against the Orangemen and rallied the Scarlet Knights to a double-overtime victory.


Nova and Dodd split the quarterback job the remainder of last season but Nova has been the starter since Kyle Flood took over as coach this season and there can't be any complaining about the results.


Rutgers (5-0, 2-0 Big East) will try to improve to 6-0 for the third time since 1976 and become bowl eligible for the seventh time in eight seasons when it faces Syracuse (2-3, 1-0) at High Point Solutions Stadium today.


MSU hoping for faster start

EAST LANSING, Mich. — When Michigan State beat Iowa last season, the Spartans led 31-7 at halftime.


That kind of fast start has been nowhere to be found lately. Michigan State hasn't led after two quarters in more than a month.


The Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) will try to reverse that trend today when they host the Hawkeyes (3-2, 1-0) in a crucial matchup in the Big Ten's Legends Division. Iowa is one of two teams in the division that hasn't dropped a conference game yet.


Michigan State rallied from an early deficit to beat Indiana last weekend, but it was a struggle. The Spartans began the season with Rose Bowl aspirations, but it's still hard to get a sense of where they stand in a jumbled league race that's still taking shape.


Gamecocks have road test

BATON ROUGE, La. — Steve Spurrier isn't afraid to make a few jokes at LSU's expense.


The colorful coach of third-ranked South Carolina light-heartedly brushed aside questions about Tiger Stadium this week by pretending to be momentarily confused about the fact there are two Death Valleys, one at LSU and one at Clemson.


Tonight, Spurrier brings the best South Carolina team he's had to Baton Rouge to play the ninth-ranked Tigers.


The unbeaten Gamecocks look impressive on offense and defense, coming off a 35-7 victory last weekend over Georgia.


LSU is trying to rebound from its first loss of the season at Florida, a game in which the Tigers failed to score a touchdown.


Now LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger must contend with Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.


-- The Associated Press


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