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Some Oklahoma-Eve Nuggets

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A few quick thoughts on the eve of the Oklahoma game:

 

For those of you who don't feel very confident in the Bearcats chances of pulling off an upset on Saturday night, here's something to consider.

 

There have only been three Top 10 teams that have visited Cincinnati in the last 11 years.

 

In 1999, UC stunned #9 Wisconsin 17-12.

 

In 2002, the Bearcats lost a heartbreaker to #6 Ohio State 23-19 at Paul Brown Stadium as Jon Olinger and George Murray dropped potential game-winning TD passes in the end zone in the last minute.

 

In 2006, Cincinnati crushed #7 Rutgers 30-7.

 

In short, the Bearcats are 2-1 and could very easily be 3-0 in their last three home games against Top 10 teams.

 

Does that mean the 'Cats are going to beat #8 Oklahoma?  Of course not...but it does make you think that they've got a shot doesn't it?

 

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Alright college football fans, here's a quiz.  Identify the head coach who recently made the following comments about his team's offense:

 

"We're still trying to find out about each other and that takes a little time.  Unfortunately, we don't play preseason games - they count for real.  So we're still a work in progress relative to finding the right pieces within our offense and then identifying what our strengths are.  Then you kind of go to that chapter in the playbook and start to look toward featuring this kind of offense.  We're still needing to gain more playmakers from an offensive perspective and that's going to take time through recruiting, so in that transition, we're going to have to play to what our strengths are."

 

The answer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly.

 

I'm as guilty as anyone of expecting UC to score a ton of points from Day 1 under Butch Jones since his offensive system is similar to BK's, but there is an adjustment period under any new head coach.

 

Butch's track record is outstanding - his teams at Central Michigan averaged 34.8 (2007), 29.5 (2008), and 33.9 points a game (Brian Kelly's last team at CMU averaged 29.7).

 

I think his teams at UC are eventually going to be very productive offensively. 

 

Saturday night would be a great time to prove me right.

 

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I want to thank all of the Bearcat fans who took part in the Bearcats Rally on Fountain Square on Friday at noon. 

 

There were a handful of Oklahoma fans in attendance.  I thanked them for helping the local economy...wished them a great time in our fair city...and told them I hoped they had a miserable ride home after the game.

 

Just joking of course.

 

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I'm looking forward to checking out the 25th-ranked UC Women's Volleyball team on Friday night at 7:30 as they open Big East play against Seton Hall.

 

My pal Reed Sunahara has guided the 'Cats into the Top 25 for the first time since 2003.

 

The 'Cats also have a home match on Sunday at 2:00 vs. Rutgers.

 

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Here's another reminder that due to a conflict with the Reds game on Saturday, our radio broadcast will be heard locally on 102.7 FM WEBN.  It can also be heard on Sirius 126 and XM 203.

 

I'd love to hear from you.  Please take a moment to tell me who you are and where you're from in the comments section or you can e-mail me at dhoard@pawsox.com.

 

And if you Twitter, you can follow my tweets at http://twitter.com/Dan_Hoard

 

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