Bye weeks are the worst. Watching all the games on Saturday feels a little empty without a UC game to break down. And I just saw a commercial where Snuggie wearers do the Macarena. So, I'm questioning everything in life.
But, I digress. And it's Miami week.
The Redhawks surprised a lot of people to open the season by pushing Florida before the Gators eventually blew the game open in the fourth quarter. Still, Miami is no pushover. Even in a perfect regular season last year, Miami gave the Bearcats more than they wanted.
Butch Jones knows all too well how good Miami can be and, maybe more precisely, how difficult the MAC can be.
Of course, Jones had a two-game winning streak against Big Ten foes during his tenure at Central Michigan and had two extremely close losses to Purdue while there as well. Jones addressed playing against the MAC today in his coaches' teleconference.
He said from watching Miami grow and progress as a young team last season, he thought by the end of the year that they were one of the better teams in the conference.
UC should win and that's why they are 14-point favorites. But with some injuries that we will monitor this week to Drew Frey, Ben Guidugli and DJ Woods, they may not be playing at full strength, so we shall see.
--- Miami coach Mike Haywood has moved some of his recruiting efforts to Columbus, Texas and other parts of the country because Kerry Coombs and the Bearcats are doing such a good job of keeping the Cincinnati talent at home.
Coombs' value to this staff is impossible to measure, whether it be his insane energy on the sideline, coaching ability or relationships among coaches in the city, he produces from every angle.
There's a reason the first thing Butch Jones did at UC was retain Coombs.
--- Miami is coming off of a 27-21 win against Kent State.
Zac Dysert was impressive, going 31 of 46 for 294 yards. Anthony Kokal intercepted a pass in the end zone late to clinch the victory.
--- Bloggers unite! Bearcats Blog and Down the Drive got together to talk about UC to this point in the season.
--- Brian Bennett decided to revert to a more standard power rankings setup this week. He has UC at No. 4. This week was much better for the Big East than last. Of course, there was nowhere to go but up.
UConn routed SEC stepchild Vanderbilt and appears to be finding itself.
Also, Pitt's Ray Graham was incredible in place of Dion Lewis at running back against FIU. He was named Big East offensive player of the week. He had 29 carries for 277 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaging 9.5 yards per carry. Wow.
Dion Lewis is still Wannstache's starter, but we will be seeing plenty of Graham going forward.
--- Should have more after the press luncheon and player availabiliy tomorrow, so be sure to tune in.
--- Teach me how to Dougie, teach me teach me how to Dougie.