The #18 Cincinnati Bearcats again found a way to win and some days that’s all you can ask for.
The Bearcats were 17 point favorites coming into the game which is probably the kind of game most Bearcats fans were expecting, a blow out. That’s not what we got though. Some credit can go to the Tulsa defense but a lot of the blame can rest on the Bearcats offense, more on that later.
Jayshon Jackson needs more touches. He came up with a big catch when the Bearcats needed it, gaining 16 yards on the play. That was his only catch.
Penalties are sill a problem. The Bearcats had 9 of them for 73 yards.
Gerrid Doaks is back. He had 3 touchdowns on the day and was the bright spot on an average to below average offensive day. This was my favorite play of the day. Watch Doaks slip and almost fall coming around the edge, he stays with the play, catches the ball, and scores. Love the effort.
That Bearcats defense! Insert heart emoji here. The Blackcats had 3 takeaways before the 10 minute mark in the 2nd quarter. They’d get 2 more before the afternoon was over.
Questions and Concerns
Let’s talk about the offense. Pre-snap penalties are my biggest complaint. They kill momentum on drives and seem to come at the biggest moments. Unfortunately, after 7 games that’s part of the offense’s identity.
A lot of people on twitter were are complaining about the play calling. On more than one occasion the Bearcats went deep on a third and short situation. I’m not going to pretend to know what goes on inside of Coach Denbrock’s head, he must have seen something he liked though. Unfortunately, the Bearcats were 6-14 on 3rd downs, not ideal.
Of course Denbrock looks like a genius if Ridder doesn’t overthrow the receiver each time they take the shots on third and long. Ridder didn’t have what you would call a career day. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 172 yards. 1 TD 0 INTs. He was sacked twice and finished with a QBR of just 39.
Tulsa actually out gained the Bearcats 377-317 overall.
Luckily for everyone the Bearcats have this weekend off to reorganize and refocus on what needs to be fixed.
It’s easy to sit back and complain, it’s basically all that Cincinnati sports fans have in recent memory. Like anyone I’m glad the Bearcats are winning and with their second bye week coming up and the three worst teams in the conference after that there’s plenty of time to look really good before Temple and at Memphis to finish the regular season.
This team has all the ingredients to win out and no one will be cheering harder than this guy.
Beer of the Game
Once a week I usually recap what’s happening around the conference, how the Bearcats scheduled opponents are holding up, and what to look out for in the week ahead in a separate post. I’m combining them this week and just focusing on the leaders of the pack.
SMU. The Mustangs were sure to be tested by the Temple Owls this week in Dallas as it turns out the Ponies worked the Owls 45-21. I thought there was a possibility that SMU was a fluke last week changed my mind. They have a short week as they play this Thursday night against their instate rival Houston. The Cougars have had their share of problems this season but all bets are off when it comes to rivalry games. It doesn’t get an easier the following week when they travel to Memphis.
Memphis. The Tigers worked over Tulane 47-17. They’re off this week to prepare for SMU on 11/2.
It should be big news to any team that comes out of the American that BYU beat Boise State on Saturday leaving both SMU and Cincinnati ranked ahead of the Broncos.
Appalachian State believes they still have a shot at a NY6 Bowl game but realistically they’re a long shot. A 1 loss Bearcats/Tigers team or an undefeated SMU team undoubtedly makes that bowl game.
Bearcats Bowl Projections
ESPN has the Bearcats in either the Liberty Bowl or the Boca Raton Bowl taking on either Oklahoma State or Ohio, respectively.
Brett McMurphy has the Bearcats taking on Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl.
247 Sports has the Bearcats in the Birmingham Bowl against Army.
Bleacher Report has the Bearcats v Coastal Carolina in the Cure Bowl.
Sports Illustrated has the Bearcats in the Gasparilla Bowl against Louisiana Tech
So… predictions are all over the place.