Afternoon links: DB switcheroo at Cincinnati

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Here are a few links to get you through a Thursday without Big East football.

  • The Connecticut Post breaks down the matchups in Friday's Louisville-Connecticut game. The outcome? Louisville 27, UConn 24. In overtime.

  • Cincinnati safety DeAngelo Smith and cornerback Brandon Underwood will switch positions against Akron, Bill Koch reports in his Cincinnati Enquirer blog. Brian Kelly said he's planned all along to rotate the two. I've always thought it was a bit odd that he moved Smith, who had eight interceptions as a cornerback last season, but he knows a lot more than I do.

  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hosted chats by Pitt beat writer Paul Zeise and West Virginia scribe Chuck Finder. Both are full of good insider information, if you're into that sort of thing.

  • Harrison Beck, a Florida native, has a big challenge on his hands going against the South Florida defense, Greg Auman writes in the St. Petersburg Times.