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Bearcats Breakfast 9.20.10

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I hope everybody used the weekend to take their minds off the tough loss to NC State. I'm sure it was easy to forget about football with games on every channel outside of Oxygen and Fuse for two straight days, but you got to try.

But, it's Monday, so back to reality in a number of different ways. 

Let's remember all the great things going on right now: The League is back on the air again, the BP oil well was officially declared dead (if you had 206 million gallons in the office pool, you're a winner!) and an elementary school district in Virginia finally banned that horrific gateway drug: chocolate milk.

See, it's all about perspective.

Let's move on to the links...

--- The official news came out this weekend that UC-Oklahoma will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN2.

That should make for a great atmosphere at PBS and not too late of a night for the folks who try to keep the activity to a minimum after 10 p.m. 

--- UC could use an easier bounceback game than the No. 8 Sooners, but very little has come easy this year. Although, Oklahoma has twice struggled in games it was a heavy favorite, including last week in a 27-24 victory over Air Force. They beat Utath State 31-24 in their opener.

The jury is still out on the OU defense, according to the Oklahoman. Though, it's difficult to judge a team by a game against the triple option Air Force attack and certainly difficult to judge how they will look against UC's spread.

The Bearcats game starts a series of big away games for the Sooners, who are yet to play away from Norman ths year.  

--- As talented as Oklahoma is, this week isn't about Oklahoma. This week this team needs to focus on improving Cincinnati. If they do that, the road to recovery will have the speed limit increased.

Dan Hoard made a great point -- among many great points, of course -- in his blog. Butch Jones took over for Brian Kelly in 2007 and opened 1-3 averaging 14.3 points a game in the losses, then went on to win the MAC averaging 39.2 points a game the rest of the way out.

Many people want to judge Jones after three games, but no matter how bad it seems, it is far too early to make any rash analysis on his performance.

--- More from the land of optimism comes Scott Springer pointing out that 11 years ago, UC lost to Troy State at Nippert then turned around to top No. 9 Wisconsin and Ron Dayne 17-12 the next week.

--- Bill Koch pointed out that all is not lost yet for the Bearcats. Bottom line: the Big East is wide open. As poorly as UC has played, if they can find a way to put some consistency together on offense, they will be in the mix.

--- Brian Bennett put out his Big East power rankings (you may want to cover your eyes, he thinks UC is in trouble). But, he makes a great point -- you could almost rank Nos. 1 and 2 and make the rest T-3.

Even No. 1 WVU needed a late rally and OT to beat Marshall. To say there isn't a chance UC could put this together and still win the Big East is crazy considering there is no clear cut top team.  

---  A wild weekend for former UC coach Mark Dantonio. He pulled off on of the pure guts move of the season with the fake FG to beat Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, then after the game had a heart attack.

Word now is he will be out indefinitely. We certainly wish him the best.

--- In today's randomness, the Guggenheim art museum will have a biennial of 20 YouTube videos. They will whittle a list of 125 down. There is plenty of art to be found on the Internet. If you don't think there is art in the dancing performance of this kid, then the problem is with you, not him.

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