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The Sun's Arizin: Will Zach Bednarczyk step up to the challenge?

He's only the second lefty to start a game at quarterback for Andy Talley. The other was walk-on Christian Culicerto in 2011.

It's GAME DAY! It is a quick turnaround from the Delaware game on Saturday and the Wildcats' match-up with Penn was moved up to Thursday to work around the Pontiff's visit to Philadelphia. The 'Cats will be hosting the Quakers in a series that has been an annual affair for the last 13 years, and a match-up that Villanova has not lost in over a century. Zach Bednarczyk looked great for two series in his debut, but he will have to prove himself over four quarters tonight.

With a preferred walk-on as his back-up, don't expect the coaching staff to have Bednarczyk running all over the field, though the rookie has shown that he's capable of being a dual-threat if a play breaks down.

(As for the location of Lane... well, that's just going to have to be a mystery, because I don't remember what his excuse was)

And now, the "news."

With John Robertson hurt, Villanova backup QB steps into starting role |
SO HOW MANY quarterbacks ever had a better start to their careers than Villanova's Zach Bednarczyk? Kind of makes you wonder what he could possibly do for an encore.

'Nova's new QB a dual threat like Robertson | Inquirer
When Zach Bednarczyk stepped in for injured quarterback John Robertson and led Villanova to a come–from-behind victory Saturday against Delaware in front of 11,779 fans at Villanova Stadium, his former high school coach wasn't surprised.

Villanova Preps For Life Without QB John Robertson | CBS Philly
Villanova senior quarterback John Robertson tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee and is out indefinitely.

Penn football's midweek foe dealing with injury barrage | The Daily Pennsylvanian
If Penn football is going to buck one of the longest active losing streaks in the sport, it might actually be the squad's lack of game experience in 2015 that helps it out.

Doug Turrell is switching positions thanks to a rash of injuries to the Villanova football team | The Morning Call
Seaton's injury forces the Wildcats, already short on the offensive line, to move senior tight end Doug Turrell, a Parkland High School graduate, over to tackle.

Wissahickon grad Kpassagnon getting bigger, better at Villanova
Villanova — With his calm demeanor and radiant smile Tanoh Kpassagnon does not seem like somebody who could fill the role of a feared defensive end who manhandles opposing linemen en route to causing all manner of havoc in the back field.

Don't worry, we have some basketball links too...

OU-Villanova on Dec. 7 among best Big 12 non-conference matchups | Tulsa World
Expectations are high this basketball season for the Oklahoma Sooners.

College Hoops Mailbag: Ohio State's retooling, Big East expansion? |
I think basically every league should always be on the lookout for ways to improve itself. But with the Big East particularly, expanding to 12 wouldn't be a bad idea as long as it can maintain the competitive balance and room for growth that it's shown over the course of the previous two seasons. It's also worth noting that this isn't a circumstance where adding teams dilutes the television money each member institution is contractually eligible for, as the league's deal with Fox Sports 1 has a provision to increase its value from $500 million over 12 years for its 10 members to up to as much as $600 million for 12 members if expansion occurs.

@GTMBK Non-Conference Preview Villanova |
Each week up until the beginning of basketball season, takes a look at an opponent on Georgia Tech's non-conference schedule. This week, we look at Villanova. Tech has won all three meetings against Nova at neutral sites, and a possible fourth neutral-site meeting would occur at the Barclays Center Nov. 27 in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

And we also have a random assortment of other links.

College Boxing Clubs Rise From the Canvas | WSJ
Diverse groups of students are finding a new concentration in the sweet science, even if they don’t want to fight.

The Smart Steelers Are Going To Continue Going For Two | Deadspin
After each of their first two touchdowns in Sunday’s beatdown of the 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers went for two. They converted both times, and are now 3-3 on the season. According to Ben Roethlisberger, they’re going to keep on going for two.

Big East Women's Volleyball: Where Are We Now? | Anonymous Eagle
Holy crap, it's time for the Women's Volleyball conference schedule to start. Let's take a swing around the league to see what everyone's been up to so far.

$46 Million Fee Award Sparks Secondary Dispute in O’Bannon v. NCAA | Villanova Law
NCAA seeks reversal of Magistrate Judge’s ruling that student athletes may recover attorneys’ fees and costs for unsuccessful claims.

College Football Realignment: Winners, Losers, and Everyone Else | Sports Illustrated Kids
A lot has happened in the last five years in college football, and rumors continue to fly. Just this past winter, someone from within the University of Toledo — the face of the Mid-American Conference for over 65 years — told me the Rockets had considered defecting to the American Athletic for mostly basketball purposes.

Holy lawsuit, Batman! U.S. court affirms Batmobile's copyright | Reuters

The Batmobile, the indispensable crime fighting vehicle driven by comic book hero Batman, has enough distinct character traits to qualify for copyright protection, a U.S. appeals court has ruled. The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a ruling against a manufacturer of replica Batmobiles.