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Bearcats Breakfast 9.3.12

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Every Bearcats player and coach I spoke with last week admitted, obviously, they'd be watching the Pitt-Youngstown State game Saturday night.

Remarkably, their tongues all had been successfully rolled back inside of their mouths after witnessing one of the shockers of the season as the Penguins stuck it to the Panthers, 31-17.

We all had that one, right?

First thought: What does this mean for the Bearcats?

One, Pitt is clearly further off than anybody thought in their first game under Paul Chryst. He suspended seven players, Ray Graham looked like a guy coming off knee surgery and their rush defense retreated more than Arthur, King of the Britans.

Oh, by the way, Chryst has five days to fix those problems, as Dejan Kovacevic points out in this great look at the Pitt debacle.

Two, however, means a combination of angry, frustrated, inspired Panthers with a chip on their shoulder will enter Nippert Stadium determined to alter the reputation cast out Saturday.

Would a team of 65 first- and second-year players for UC who without doubt all stood shocked watching that game develop revert to overconfidence having seen the YSU romp?

For what it's worth, senior LB Maalik Bomar wasn't buying that theory.

"I don't want to take any opponent lightly," he said. "They are going to line up and give their all. We have to give our all. I don't want to leave anybody under the radar so we are going to get after it."

Bomar says the Bearcats arrived Sunday with no change in their approach, they taped up and were all business. Butch Jones didn't witness complacency and didn't feel a need to preach against it despite the surprising result.

"I know this, I know what type of Pittsburgh football team we are going to face coming in here a hungry football team, well coached with tied for the most talent in the Big East conference," he said. "Our players know what they are up against. They know what Ray Graham and Bennett and the great freshman tailback that they have, they know their offensive line, defensive line is going to challenge us. Their secondary is as good as any team we'll see all year. They are a good football team; things like that happen. That's why you play the game. We know what we are going to get."

Just what are they going to get, though?

The mentality of a team demoralized against an inferior opponent should extract an emotional response. Historically, however, how have teams taken down by FBS teams responded the following week? Do they concede to their losing ways or tend to strike back with a better performance.

Well here is a look at the 12 FBS teams that lost to FCS teams over the last two years with how they fared the following week. 

2010                                             --- NEXT GAME
South Dakota def. Minnesota          --- L (32-21) vs. No. 18 USC
James Madison def. Virginia Tech    --- W (49-27) vs. ECU
North Dakota State def. Kansas      --- W (28-25) vs. No. No. 15 Georgia Tech
UC Davis def. San Jose State           --- L (35-13) @ No. 21 Nevada
Jacksonville State. def. Mississippi   --- W (27-13) @ Tulane
Gardner-Webb def. Akron               --- L (47-10) @ Kentucky

2011                                             --- NEXT GAME
Sacramento State def. Oregon State --- L (35-0) @ No. 8 Wisconsin
Richmond def. Duke                        --- L (44-13) vs. No. 6 Stanford
Southern Utah def. UNLV                --- L (37-0) @Nevada
Indiana St. def. Western Kentucky  --- L (26-22) vs. Arkansas State
North Dakota St. def. Minnesota      ---   L (58-0) @Michigan
SHSU def. New Mexico                     --- L (42-28) vs. New Mexico State

--- Over the past two years,
teams who lost to FCS foes are 3-9 the next week. Those that had to hit the road after the loss were 1-5 with only a Mississippi win over lowly Tulane in 2010 avoiding the sweep.

--- Of last year's six, only WKU played within single digits of their opponent.

--- Obviously, for the most part, these were bad teams in the first place. That's why they were susceptible to losing these game. Yet, in 2010, the results showed more of the cornered animal response. Virginia Tech went to win the rest of the games in their regular season and go undefeated in conference after losing to James Madison.

Kansas struck back with a big win at home against then No. 15 Georgia Tech.

--- Precedence exists
for a team to make huge strides following an embarrassing loss.

--- Maybe Minnesota should just stop scheduling FCS opponents.

--- Let's eat...

--- Posted a statistical analysis
of what we should expect out of Munchie Legaux this season.

Enjoyed talking with him about if he views himself as a dual-threat QB and if he takes offense to being placed in that category. We tend to place quarterbacks in the dual-threat category and it places an assumption that they aren't great in the pocket. Exceptions exist, but Legaux views himself as a QB built to stand in the pocket and make big throws. He's pass first, run second.

--- Seen stories like this before, but always worth pointing out as the Birmingham Business Journal does, which college football teams deliver the most bang for their buck.

--- Nugget obtained from strong UC football SID Ryan Koslen yesterday: UC has 15 players, three head coaches and 10 assistants in the NFL.

Here's your official list of players following final cuts:

Armon Binns, Bengals
Connor Barwin, Texans
Brent Celek, Eagles
Trent Cole, Eagles
Kevin Huber, Bengals
John Hughes, Browns
Jason Kelce, Eagles
Jeff Linkenbach, Colts
Ricardo Mathews, Colts
Haruki Nakamura, Panthers
Isaiah Pead, Rams
Adrien Robinson, Giants,
JK Schaffer, Buccaneers
Brandon Underwood, Packers
Mike Windt, Chargers
Derek Wolfe, Broncos

--- Great to see Schaffer land on the Buccanneers practice squad after being surprisingly cut by Jacksonville on Friday. I'd place a friendly wager down right now he's making a contribution for Tampa by the end of the year.

--- Louisville rolled UK yesterday. That's good news for the Big East and UC -- for now. You'll want the opportunity for a quality win against a Top 25 team in the conference slate. Anything good for the profile of the conference at this point is great for UC.

Impressive stat of the day: Teddy Bridgewater ended up 19 of 21 for 232 yards.

--- Andrea Adelson at ESPN with what we learned about the Big East in the opening weekend.

--- CBSSports.com's RapidReports with the ugly reaction from Pitt.

--- Syracuse -- Good News: Ryan Nassib looks fantastic. Bad news: That defense looked slower than patrons exiting Dinosaur BBQ.

--- Randomness...

--- Jay-Z mimicked Rocky at the Made In America festival, then joined Pearl Jam on stage for 99 Problems to conclude the weekend. Sean Casey tweeted that he was there ready to rock out to PJ. Question: Could you imagine a person you'd more like to attend a PJ concert with? You know the Mayor is loving every minute of it.

--- I'd probably react this way if Bobby Valentine tried to slap my butt, too, but in the baseball context this reaction from Alfredo Aceves is, in fact, very, very bad for the future of Bobby V in Beantown.

--- What Alabama is doing in football right now is downright absurd.

--- Four more days.
That's why today I roll with The Four Tops, who are straight jammin in those mustard suits. Enjoy the day everybody.



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