Postgame News and Notes: No relief at home

Tim Boyle is sacked by Cincinnati during a 41-0 loss. USA TODAY.

Tim Boyle is sacked by Cincinnati during a 41-0 loss. USA TODAY.

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Bob Diaco promises to win here.

He did it again on Saturday, saying that a championship will be built here.

Diaco said he is honored to coach here and that he would make the decision again 200 times.

Maybe he had to convince himself once again. No one would blame him for doubts, especially after Saturday night’s 41-0 loss .

It was a historic loss for UConn. The Huskies had only 129 yards of offense — tied for the lowest in its FBS tenure (2005 West Virginia) — and had three turnovers.

It’s just not happening in year 1 under Diaco. The Huskies are 2-8, are lost on offense, and aren’t even a complete team at this point.

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Ashiru, Abrams leave football team

John F. Silver

EAST HARTFORD — UConn junior linebacker Jefferson Ashiru, a long-time starter that has lost time to freshman Junior Joseph, left the team late this week for undisclosed reasons.  

The Huskies also lost WR Kamal Abrams, who left the team during the bye week. Both departures was confirmed by a UConn official.

Ashiru had started seven of nine games this season and was fourth on the team in tackles with 27. He had 58 tackles as a sophomore.

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UConn football: Boyle waiting in the wings

 Connecticut Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer (left) and quarterback Tim Boyle (right) warm up before the start of the game against the UCF Knights at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Connecticut Huskies quarterback Chandler Whitmer (left) and quarterback Tim Boyle (right) warm up before the start of the game against the UCF Knights at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. –Deshon Foxx has three games left in his career. Tim Boyle? He has two years remaining.  

The two are going different ways.

Boyle is the future. No other quarterback on the roster has the skills and talent that Boyle has.

Foxx?

His career will end with the unusual distinction of never having attended a bowl game. As the only four year, four year player, Foxx is the only one who didn’t even attend a bowl game.

The two have different outlooks on things with Cincinnati coming on on Saturday night.

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Tuesday presser: Diaco talks future

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. — UConn head coach Bob Diaco doesn’t have any answers right now.

He asked if there were any questions for him during his weekly media day teleconference.

There weren’t many questions, and fewer good ones.

The truth is, there isn’t much to talk about right now for the 2-7 UConn football team.

That number kind of hangs around the weight of the program . It isn’t unexpected, not in the least and certainly not from me. Diaco has warned of the problems with this team since I talked in his office in June. Every issue has played out.

Diaco never promised wins this year. Never. There are reasons why winning was going to be difficult this season and all of it, experience, physical development, depth and scheme have all come back to haunt the Huskies at one time or the other. That us how building from the ground up looks like.

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UConn football: Cincinnati next, Memphis time set

The UConn football team is playing out the string here in 2014.

UConn’s game on Saturday against Memphis at Rentschler Field will be at 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

The Huskies’ game on Nov. 29 at Memphis, a surprise contender in the American, will take place at 4: p.m. and be aired on ESPN News.

UConn is coming off a 35-21 loss to Army two weeks ago, and had its final bye week of the year last week. The Huskies play Cincinnati, at Memphis and are then home on Dec. 6 against Southern Methodist.

Head coach Bob Diaco, who was on Brian Kelly’s staff at Cincinnati that went 12-0 and was ranked No. 3 in the country, raved about his experience there on Monday’s AAC conference call.

I loved it,” Diaco said.  I lived in this little town just northeast of the city, I loved living there, my family loved it… It was a very easy city to live in, very friendly, big city but kind of a Midwest feel, which is cool. I really liked that.”

John F. Silver

The Huskies, at 2-7 are now set to play out the string in conference. The Huskies will play two of the better teams in the league as Cincinnati, coming off a win over East Carolina, are 1/2 game out of first with surprising Memphis 5-1, 7-3 in conference.  Cincinnati and Memphis are the two favorites to win the league, and the Tigers face USF this Saturday and end the season against UConn at home on Nov. 29.  

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Silver’s Top 25 ballot: FSU deserves No. 1

Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) gestures to the crowd as the Florida State Seminoles beat the Miami Hurricanes 30-26 at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) gestures to the crowd as the Florida State Seminoles beat the Miami Hurricanes 30-26 at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

Florida State is the last power unbeaten. Why shouldn’t they be ranked No. 1? There comes a point in the process where winning trumps all. Winning should. One of the worst parts of the new college football playoff committee is wins and losses don’t matter anymore, it’s how you win or lose.  Style points?

One of the most frustrating parts of watching how this unfolds every week is the discounting of wins. To me, winning trumps style. EVERY TIME. Florida State has showed more moxie on the field than any team in the country this year. What does that count for? No. 1 in my book.

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The ballot: Silver’s AP Top 25

Nov 8, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates with teammates offensive lineman Ryan Kelly (70) and tight end Brian Vogler (84) after catching a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the overtime of a game at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 20-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 8, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) celebrates with teammates offensive lineman Ryan Kelly (70) and tight end Brian Vogler (84) after catching a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the overtime of a game at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 20-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

John F. Silver

I was on the road at Yankee Stadium all day for UConn-Army, so didn’t catch much football live, but I did keep tabs on all the big games. Here’s what sticks out — Ohio State beating Michigan State like that shocks the entire process. Ohio State’s lone loss was to Va. Tech, and that was before JT Barrett got comfortable. Auburn losing to A&M knocks them out IMO from consideration. They are a 2-loss team that has gotten lucky. They aren’t among the Top 4 teams in the country. Alabama beats LSU in OT. LSU  is the best three-loss team I’ve ever seen. Arizona State wrecking Notre Dame was a surprise at the margin, not the result. I like TCU, but I have giving up 61 to Baylor on my brain with them. Baylor? They can’t play defense. I don’t trust them defensively in a big game.  

Full AP Poll here at 2 p.m.

So, in the end, the top four for me are Miss State, Florida State, Alabama and Oregon. Imagine an Alabama/FSU semifinal? I think only 1-SEC team gets in, the SEC title game winner even with two losses. There is a good chance that the SEC knocks itself out. That would be poetic justice and leave a lot of complaining and whining, which is good for college football.

As far as the G5 access bowl bid, Marshall is the team, Colorado State (and Boise) hovering and I threw Georgia Southern and its 8-2 record at No. 25. Ga. Southern lost to NC State by 1, and Ga Tech by 4. I don’t expect Georgia Southern to break through in the other 59 voters. But, I am not putting Texas A&M in.  One win over Auburn doesn’t undo 59-0 to Alabama and three losses to ranked teams.

Silver’s Top 25 ballot

1. Miss State

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