It's the oldest non-conference rivalry in college football and the winner gets to keep the Victory Bell until the two schools meet again, but for Bearcat linebacker JK Schaffer, the 116th meeting between
"I think about this game all year and it really, really, means a lot to me," Schaffer told me. "When I was going through the recruiting process, I wanted to go to
Schaffer's fellow seniors didn't have to be snubbed by the RedHawks to share his desire to beat
"You don't want to be the senior class that lets the Victory Bell go," said wide receiver OJ Woodard. "I had never been a part of such a big rivalry. When I was a freshman, our seniors had so much passion that it started to grow in me. Haruki Nakamura came across the middle and hit this guy from
Woodard is from
"We've been talking about it every day," said Schaffer. "I think it's our most important rivalry. They're 45 minutes up the road and it's one of the oldest rivalries in the country."
And the rivalry should guarantee that the Bearcats do not take the RedHawks lightly - despite their 0-3 start.
"We can't overlook anybody," said Woodward. "We have to respect them or we're going to get beat."
"I definitely don't plan on letting go of that
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