Lunchtime links: Schiano may have 'overestimated' talent

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

It's a light week in the Big East, so here are some light lunchtime links:

"Probably, maybe I overestimated a little bit," Schiano said of the current team's talent level, compared to those of seasons past. "Probably we haven't played at some veteran positions as well as we're capable of.

"And probably we haven't coached as well as we've needed to. So when you add those three things up -- maybe one area on one day and one area on another play -- the result is where we are. We're missing some players that are playing on NFL rosters. I don't think you can ever discount that talent. We have talented guys, but they're young. We have not replaced what we've lost the last two years."

  • The Connecticut Huskies went on the road in a big spot and fell flat, just as they did at Virginia, Cincinnati and West Virginia last year. If they're not careful, Desmond Conner writes in the Hartford Courant, this could be branded as a team that can't win the big one.

  • West Virginia has failed to score 30 points in its last four games, the first time that's happened since the end of the 2004 and beginning of the 2005 seasons, Mike Casazza writes in the Charleston Daily Mail. It's been eight years since the Mountaineers have gone five straight games without breaking the 30-point barrier. But the defense has been playing well enough for the team to win without huge point totals.