For those who haven't been paying close enough attention this week, I don't condone it, but here is a helpful cheat sheat so you can be an informed fan heading into Saturday's game against Delaware State.
Where: Nippert Stadium
When: Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN3
Forecast: Temperature in 60s at kickoff, no rain expected
2012 records: Bearcats 1-0, 1-0, Panthers 1-1, 0-0
Tickets: Plenty of seats still available, purchase here. Student tickets have sold out and moved into student overflow.
What to wear: No crowd color mandate for this game.
Past results: This marks the first meeting between the two programs.
Need to know: The Bearcats are the better team. Start there. Their talent far outweighs this FCS school. Not to say an FCS school can't spring a surprise (cough*Youngstown State*cough), but that seems highly unlikely. The Hornets lost by 24 points last week to Delaware, not exactly a world-beater.
Who to know: Hornets QB Nick Elko. He threw for 353 yards last week against Delaware and he's the one weapon who could damage UC. Butch Jones compared his quick release to Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville. Now, he made sure to say he wasn't comparing him as the same quarterback. Still, slowing down Elko's arm will be the key to ending the Hornets night early.
Defining matchup: DE Walter Stewart vs. Delaware St. line. After his dominating showing against Pitt, better believe teams will start scheming for Stewart. That could man halfback or tight end chips, but Stewart will need to find a way. If he consistently penetrates the pocket as he did last week he can put a stick in the spokes of the entire Hornets attack.
Injuries of note: Icing on the cake of the win against Pitt was no major injuries came out of it. Outside of the standard bumps and bruises, the team is as healthy as could be expected.
Delving deeper: Central Michigan transfer DT John Williams has been a blessing for the UC program. He arrived as a grad student and filled depth at a thin position along with Camaron Beard and Jordan Stepp. He finished the Pitt game with a career-high 1.5 sacks, adding two TFL.
Connections: Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian was a member of the Delaware State staff for all of three days back in 2004. Unfortunately for the Hornets, the up-and-coming OC was offered a job by the Chicago Bears on Day 3.
By the numbers: The Bearcats led the nation last year with 8.62 tackles for loss per game. They blew past that pace in Game 1. UC threw Pitt down 10 times behind the line of scrimmage in that game.
By the numbers, Part II: The last time Delaware State played an FCS school, they traveled to Michigan in 2008. It didn't go well. They fell, 63-6.
Quotent Quotables: Ralph David Abernathy IV, who combined rushing, receiving and returns for 115 total yards against Pitt on what position he most enjoys: "Running back probably, because that is what I have always been doing. Taking the handoff is an the opportunity to just do what I do with the ball. Being versatile just gets me the opportunity to get the ball in so many different ways."
Looking ahead: A huge showcase for UC football looms after a bye week next week. They will travel to Landover, Md. to take on No. 13 Virginia Tech.
Hype video: Video Shane keeps cranking out the hits. This time he breaks out the Call to Arms for the student section.