Help me, help you.
I always loved that line from Jerry Maguire. Not quite as much as "shoplifting the pooty," but I certainliy use it more often. And I will again today. I received a few questions this week from you guys regarding Saturday's game at Fresno, but want to help you even more.
So, send me any questions you want answered about the team, Fresno, Butch Jones, this season, the Big East, mustache updates or why Outkast is the greatest hip-hop act of all time -- anything on your mind, really.
With today opening the football season, let's clear the air. I'll put it all together in a mailbag and post it tomorrow. So, help me, help you.
I also wanted to remind you that during the UC-Fresno game on Saturday night, I will be on Twitter (follow me here) answering questions and leading a discussion and doing the same at this blog spot here with CoverItLive. So, be sure join in with the other Bearcats fans to talk about the game.
On to the Breakfast...
--- There is a load of fresh content from Bill Koch over at Cincinnati.com with the release of their college football preview. Be sure to take a look through if you haven't already.
I particularly enjoyed the feature on Armon Binns.
Saturday will be a homecoming of sorts for the UC WR. Binns grew up in Pasadena and said he is still trying to scrounge up extra tickets for all his friends and family making the 3-hour drive to Fresno.
He guesstimated about 25 folks will be there. The last time he played this close to home was his freshman year against San Diego State, but of course he wasn't playing anywhere near the role he is now.
--- Koch also has a story on Vidal Hazelton. This Saturday you will all have the priviledge of seeing what I have seen in UC practices all spring and fall. Hazelton is the real deal and with an improved Binns and D.J. Woods, combined with Hazleton's size-speed combo, I think this trio is better than last year's with Mardy Gilyard.
--- Brian Bennett picks the Bearcats to win, 35-34, on Saturday in his first round of Big East predictions.
If this game is anything other than a single-score differential I would be pretty shocked. Both teams have too much talent and entering Bulldog Stadium on national TV is a much tougher task than most people realize. I talked about the numbers that back my hypothesis up yesterday in the first By the Numbers segment of the season.
Bennett talks about what I, too, believe will be the difference in this game -- and tends to be the difference in almost every football game. The battle of the trenches will decide it. UC's defensive front must find a way to slow down the Fresno running game. If they can't, it will be a another time of possession debacle as it was last season when the Bulldogs held the the ball for nearly 3/4 of the game.
--- The second paragraph of this story from the Fresno Bee provides the main reason to feel optimistic about Saturday's game.
--- Mitch Vingle at the Charleston (WV) Gazette believes the Big East needs to produce this weekend. The better the league image,the better for UC. So as much as it may pain to root for Dave Wannstedt, you probably should for the betterment of the Bearcats.
Although, I have a feeling it won't be hard for most of you to root for UConn at Michigan on Saturday.
But this game will be important considering neither Cantwell nor Pike played a snap in the last preseason game for the Panthers.
--- Meanwhile, Mardy Gilyard is battling for the starting WR spot in St. Louis thanks to the injury to Donnie Avery.
--- Remember, Pitt-Utah tonight at 8:30 p.m.on Versus if you are looking for some BE football and early Wannstache cracks.
--- Not much randomness today, but there is this new Between Two Ferns where Zach Galifinaikis brings back his twin brother character Seth. Sean Penn broods. Genius.