Fitch and Killingly have qualified for the CIAC playoffs. They should also be the Eastern Connecticut Conference's only representatives, the lowest for the league since the CIAC expanded to a 32-team field in 2010.
Some of the best football games in the biggest week of the regular season will involve teams ranked in The Day's Top 10 state coaches' poll, among them No. 8 Middletown playing at No. 5 Windsor on Wednesday night.
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The journey begins with a first round match-up with Oregon (4-0) at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Moda Center. The Huskies will face with No. 4 Michigan State or DePaul in the second round on Friday and complete tournament action on Sunday.
Malik Rosier threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score and No. 2 Miami pulled off its biggest comeback in five years, by holding off Virginia 44-28 on Saturday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 15 games.
With their losing records and their shaky defenses and their injury-depleted rosters, the Washington Redskins and New York Giants are not exactly ready for prime time, let alone for a national audience tuning in on Thanksgiving night.