A busy day in the works today with the first press conference and lunch of the football season at the Varisty Village. Butch Jones is set to speak at noon and I will have an opportunity to chat with Armon Binns, Zach Collaros and JK Schaffer.
If you have any questions you would like me to ask any of them or any questions in general about this week's game and beyond, make sure you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter for constant updates, especially with all the happenings as I fly out to Fresno and back with the team.
I will be on Twitter all weekend, keeping you informed on what's going on and also answering any and all questions there. If you're not on Twitter, well, you really should be, but I will also be on the blog page running CoverItLive to answer your questions and hold discussion there during the game.
As I said, busy day, so on to some quick Breakfast burritos....
--- Fresno will be humming on Saturday night. The temperatures are expected to reach triple digits at kickoff, as Bill Koch points out in this story.
Heat shouldn't be much of an issue after practicing through some steamy days at Higher Ground, but there is a difference between 92 and 102. The Bearcats have been bragging about how they are in the best shape they have ever been all camp. We'll see if it was all talk.
--- The depth chart was officially released yesterday, (here is the link to the game notes, just scroll to page 9) the only real surprise coming with the move of Jason Kelce from center to guard and Evan Davis moving to guard.
Kelce will have a better handle on the calls as the experienced senior of the group and Davis is a bigger body to plug in there at guard.
Also, Reuben Johnson won the CB battle from Camerron Cheatham and Adrian Witty is the only true freshman on the position player two-deep. That is a little surprising considering how much opportunity the team was giving to freshman DL Roney Lozano.
Chris Williams will be playing nickel corner, but also now backing up Wesley Richardson at FS.
--- Drew Frey stepped in front of the portable background with Brian Bennett last week.
--- B Twice also made his bold predictions for the season. They included Noel Devine in New York in early December and Zach Collaros breaking the Big East yardage record. Brian Brohm set the mark with 3,978 yards in 2007.
He would need 306 yards per game to do so. Considering how much the offense will run through his hands both passing and rushing, it's no stretch of the imagination to see this happen. The ideal yardage Collaros would probably be 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing every game. (As BB points out, Dan LeFevour went over 4k yards twice under Jones) Not saying that is going to happen, but that is how the offense is set up to succeed. It would be hard to imagine the Bearcats losing if they can make that happen on a weekly basis.
--- Tommy G sits down with Collaros at Higher Ground.
--- Pitt plays at Utah on Thursday on ESPN. Who will you be rooting for? A Pitt win is good for the Big East. But can you really root for the Panthers? And consider what an opening loss would do to shatter the confidence of this team that has been told a million times they are the best in the Big East before winning a thing?
--- The women's soccer team landed at No. 19 in the country.
--- One of my favorite blogs had a post of the Top 5 pop culture references to Cincinnati. I love the WKRP talk, but I'm not sure about the No. 1.
--- It was pretty disappointing to see only 14k at the Reds game last night. Granted, the totals were low across baseball for a Monday with school back in session, but doesn't this team deserve better? All they did was deliver yet another walkoff win.
Oh, and Lorenzo Cain made this absolutely absurd catch. He's a rookie. In two years, he'll stop at the track and lightly toss that one in for the double.
--- The Jersey Shore folks are being accused of "Racketeering." Of course they are. I assumed that would be the title of the show if "Jersey Shore" failed with focus groups.