Bearcats Bully the Bulldogs

Bearcats Bully the Bulldogs


-The Beercat

The Cincinnati Bearcats push their winning streak to 4 (dating back to the last game of the 2017 season) after a dominating performance against Alabama A&M. The Bearcats looked impressive in all aspects of the game including the passing game. At half time UC QBs were on pace to throw for over 500 yards.

There was a lot going on in my Bearcats world yesterday. It was the home opener and that’s always fun. As Bearcats fans know Nippert is a special place so I was excited to finally get back in there for week 3. Kickoff off was at 7 but I showed up to The Grid at 3.

GoBeercats teamed up with The Den tailgating group and experienced quite the pregame party. If you’re looking to tailgate but don’t know where to start I highly recommend looking into the group. Most everyone was very welcoming and die hard Bearcats fans. You can’t ask for more, except delicious food and cold craft beer…. which they had!

In addition to tailgating our faces off we also sat down with The Voice of Cincy Craft, The Gnarly Gnome himself. We were joined by Collin and Patrick of Taft’s Alehouse for a live on location episode of Cincy Brew Cast. I’m not going to lie it was a little intimidating but I had fun and I’d definitely do it again if the Gnome would have me. Look out for that episode airing sometime this week. You can find Cincy Brew Cast anywhere you find any other podcast. If you have an iphone like me it’s the purple icon with a stick figure person with rings radioing out of its head.

I also met Tim from Q102 and told him an embarrassing story from my college days in Clifton. Hopefully, that never makes it to air.

After all of that …

There were some big questions coming into this game. Would Ridder be QB1? Can he even throw the football? Will be Bearcats come out focused for this opponent?

Yes to everything. Ridder started for the second week in a row and looked great doing it. He came out ready to sling the football around too. He got WR Kahlil Lewis involved early and often marking down the field 79 yards for a TD on the first drive. Lewis would finish with Four catches for 92 yards and one touchdown. Ridder would have a short night though as Fickell played 3 other QBs because of a commanding lead. He finished the night 9-of-10 passing for 199 yards and three passing touchdowns to go along with one 12 yards rushing touchdown.

Michael Warren II is still a mack truck on the field in case you were wondering. The Bearcats went down the depth chart at RB as well, getting young guys reps while the team is up big.

Today is Sunday September 16th and the Bearcats are half way to bowl eligibility.

After this 63-7 victory in Nippert on a Saturday night we can now turn our focus on Ohio U as they come to town next week. We’ll have a preview of this game up on the blog later this week.

#OUNoWay

We cant’ forget about the beer of the game, this week coming from Taft’s

 

 

The Victory Bell Shall Forever Remain in Clifton

We are the 13 Time(in a row) WOOOOOOOOOO! Victory Bell Champions


The Cincinnati Bearcats dominated from start to finish on Saturday night against their rival the Miami (OH) Redhawks, winning 21-0. For most of the game though the Bearcats held onto a 7-0 lead that felt more like a 30-0 lead over the Redhawks. Here are some random thoughts while watching the game.

  • This rain is miserable I hope it’s not like this in the Nippert opener next week.
  • I love seeing previous Bearcats players cheering on this team on twitter.

  • Des Ridder is fast. Like track star fast
  • Michael Warren II is a man among boys out there again
  • The Defense is so improved it doesn’t seem possible.
  • Remember when we couldn’t tackle anything
  • Not only is the defense really good but they’re out to murder someone tonight too.
  • Can Warren continue to handle 30 carries a game?
  • I know it was monsooning in the tri state today but we need more from the WRs
  • The TE Josiah Deguara was the most productive receiver and caught Ridder’s first touchdown pass.  
  • The Bearcats are half way to last year’s win total and it’s week 2.

The Bearcats look to go 3-0 with Alabama A&T coming to Nippert for the first home game of the season!

GoBeercats will be on location tailgating with The Den and doing a live podcasting with the Gnarley Gnome and CincyBrew Cast, the voice of Cincy craft. 

Nippert at Night is one of the greatest things in all of sports. Come out and stop by to say hello on The Grid.

Tailgating with The Den

Bearcats Tailgating with The Den


The tailgate scene at UC is unique, to say the least. We’re all well aware of the challenges of setting up a solid tailgate spot in Clifton; parking, logistics, environment, etc. For almost ten seasons, The Grid Tailgate on Sigma Sigma Commons has been the agreed upon and promoted spot for Bearcats tailgating. On game day if you venture towards the north end of the commons near the glass dorms, you’ll find The Den Tailgate.

The Den has been an organized group since 2015 and merged with the famous “Bearcat Tailgater” group in 2017. Settled on alley spot #5 on The Grid, this is the first tailgate group that the team passes during the “Catwalk” tradition. The Den’s spot on the commons is next to a large grassy area down from the middle stairs of Morgans & Scioto Hall. The Bearcat Tailgater trailer (with TV and speakers) anchors the setup along with corn hole, a community drink cooler, and the famous “Drinko” board.

Along with the location and setup, what makes The Den unique to other tailgate groups or plots on The Grid?

An open community structure. Each season membership is open to anyone that wants to come and have a good time. This season, a “season pass” is $20 with all money raised going back into the tailgate fund. Someone that joins The Den can expect as much food and drink to supply the group, while supplies last that day. For the most part, its BYOB and all are encouraged to add to the community drink cooler. Supplied are the essentials (ice, cups, plates, tables, etc), and we add on as much food/drink as we can afford.

For this season, the tailgate theme is “A Better Way to Tailgate”, which is a play on Blue Apron’s slogan “a better way to cook”. Each tailgate will feature a food spread inspired by the team/school/mascot that the Bearcats play that day. Also, we are partnering with the campus food/supplies charity called the Bearcat Pantry. We are asking tailgaters to bring a donation to the tailgate and toss it in the Bearcat Pantry’s bin. Food, school supplies, and any other essentials that college students may need are what the pantry accepts.

Our biggest draw for this season is our partnership with Taft’s Brewing Company. We are working with the awesome people at Taft’s to host watch parties at the Brewpourium, feature Taft’s beer at the tailgate, and to offer our tailgaters fun promotions and giveaways all season! These are a few features of The Den Tailgate, but we are only scratching the surface. We invite all Bearcats fans to come and tailgate with us this season. You can stay up to date with all Den happenings by going to TheDenUC.com and signing up for the weekly email newsletter. Then, get your season pass!

You can find The Den on twitter and instagram @TheDenUC

Remember, in 2018 The Den is “a better way to tailgate”.

Power Ranking Bearcats Quarterbacks

Ranking the Bearcats QBs since 2008


We’ve talked about the schedule and our season predictions. We’ve talked about 5 things to look for this season as well. In anticipation of the season now we’re going take a look back over the past 10 years and power rank Bearcats quarterbacks. It’s the only thing to do while we wait for 7pm on Saturday to roll around.

Since 2008 the Bearcats have had some ups and downs at the QB1. This list takes a look at the major players and ranks them accordingly.

7. Michael Colosimo

#16 in the programs showed up on the stat sheets in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He didn’t see much time under center throughout his career so why is he on the list? He’s the last Bearcats QB to throw a TD pass in a bowl game. Take that in for a second. First, realize that the Bearcats made a bowl appearance a year after he graduated. A game in which they got ran off the field against San Diego St 42-7 in the Hawaii Bowl, the single Bearcats TD came from a Mike Boone rush. So back up a year earlier in 2014 to the Military Bowl against Virginia Tech a game the Bearcats lost 33-17. An injured Gunner Kiel goes down and in steps Colosimo in a “next man up” fashion.

6. Hayden Moore

You’ll find Moore on the depth chart as QB1 again this year. First year coach Luke Fickell named Moore the starter last year and never looked back. That isn’t going to change in year two. Bearcats fans aren’t always thrilled with his performance on the field. He’s inaccurate at times and has been ok at best. Moore has thrown 40 TDs to 27 INTs as a Bearcat averaging 221 passing yards a season. He’s rushed for just 379 yards in his career. It’s been hard to swallow those pedestrian numbers when  his debut looked like this…

5. Brendon Kay 

You’ll find Kay on the roster from 2008 to 2012. Kay was the main QB in 2012 during the Butch Jones Error. See what I did there? In ’12 Kay threw 10 TDs to 2 INTs. He threw for 1300 yards that year and rushed for 306 yds. His biggest game came against Duke at the Belk Bowl. He threw for 332 yds and 4 TDs.

4. Munchie Legaux 

Legaux played for the Bearcats from 2010 to 2014. His career in Clifton was filled with adversity to say the least. He battled coaching changes and even worse a broken leg. Legaux had his biggest impact in 2012 when he threw for 1716 yards with 13 TDs and a less than stellar 9 INTs. His biggest moment came at PBS against Virginia Tech. The Bearcats won it on this TD pass.

3. Zach Collaros

In a season that would soon become the best in school history the little known Collaros was asked to step in for an injured Tony Pike for an undefeated team marching to the its second BCS bowl. He didn’t miss a beat. His career numbers are impressive. He passed for 6278 career yards and 51 TDs and 26 INTs. When Pike went down Bearcats Nation held its collective breath until…

2. Gunner Kiel

The greatest thing that could have been but never really was. When Kiel announced he was transferring to Cincinnati I was ready to name him the Cincinnati Savior. Then he hit the field against Akron and the world was on notice he was the Truth. Tommy T had his 5 star QB and Bearcats football was back. Then Tommy T phoned it in and Kiel got hurt a couple of times and it never truly materialized. Kiel torched OSU in the Shoe. It was amazing to witness live, unfortunately our D couldn’t get off the field that Saturday. Numerous times I thought Miami (OH) and Memphis got in cheap shots against Kiel that led to small injuries or time on the sideline. I hate them both. Kiel passed for 6835 passing yards. DAMN. He threw 56 TDs and 26 INTs. He finished with a career QBR of 145.5.

  1. Tony Pike

The man is a legend in Bearcats football history. He was QB1 in the 2009 undefeated regular season. He played in a cast on his non throwing hand, like a man should. He was Heisman candidate and a Carolina Panther. He threw for a career 5018 yards, 49 TDs/20 INTs. He completed about 62% of his passes and played in a tougher Big East Conference. #GOAT

 

How do you feel about our list? Let us know with a comment or on Twitter.

GO BEARCATS!

**Shout out to Nick Colosimo and others for their awesome work on You Tube and digital media in general. **

What to Watch for this Football Season

What to look for this Football Season


The Cincinnati football Bearcats are coming off a complete rebuild year with a new coach, Luke Fickell. The Bearcats went just 4-8 last season, with their four wins coming against Austin Peay, Miami (OH), Tulane, and UConn. Three of those wins came by four 4 points or less. The win against Austin Peay was just 12 points. Needless to say, the Bearcats kept it close and interesting in those wins.

When they lost though, they lost pretty bad. Navy ran for a record number of rushing yards in Annapolis onto an eventual 1o point win over the Cats. The Bearcats kept it close with the Wolverines of Michigan until late into the 3rd quarter. UM would go on to a 22 point win. I won’t rehash the losses to USF, UCF, or East Carolina, they weren’t good.

In less than one week though we start a new. The Bearcats travel to the West Coast to take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl with their new coach Chip Kelley.

Earlier this year when the official schedule came out we broke down the schedule and predicted a 7-5 finish for the Bearcats. You can read that breakdown here. 

7-5 would be a vast improvement that everyone in Bearcats Nation would appreciate. If the Bearcats are going to get back to their winning ways some stars have to align.

What to watch for this season

  1. QB1 – It’s no surprise that senior Hayden Moore will be the starter come Saturday night. What the Bearcats will need though is for Moore to be a little less… pedestrian. Through the first three seasons Moore is averaging 221 passing yards per game with a 40/27 TD to INT ratio. He has been known to be inaccurate at times and has a tenancy to overthrow his receivers, that’ll need to be reigned in to make the Bearcats offense better.  At numerous times last year his receiving corp didn’t help him much by dropping passes at crucial times, which brings us to #2.
  2. The Wide Outs – It looks like WR1 will be senior Kahlil Lewis. The Florida native will be called on to lead this offense. We will have to wait and see who emerges as the second, and third option.
  3. Something missing– If you watch the NFL this season you’ll find a host of Bearcats in the league. Several from last year’s team. Keep an eye on who fills in on the defense. The Bearcats lost leading tackler Jaylyin Minor. He was all over the field last year. The Bearcats D will need help. Not to mention Marquise Copeland is playing on Sundays now. Watch Perry Young and Malik Clements take over, hopefully.
  4. Special Teams – It seems like there has been a lot of turnover on special teams over the past two years and everything needs improvement from last season.
  5. Luke Fickell – Dan Hoard did a segment for Bearcats football earlier this month where he talked about how the team last year didn’t really trust Coach Fickell but over the summer and at Camp Higher Ground he hoped to change that and gain more trust with them. Additionally, he’ll have to better manage some miscues he had in games last season.

I said the Bearcats would finish 7-5. I’m sticking with it.

Here’s a little something to get you hyped for Saturday.

Go Bearcats!

Butch Jones was a Turd of a Coach

Butch Jones was a Fraud


Yesterday Barstool Cincinnati tweeted

We replied

Today we’d like to elaborate.

If you were around for the BK era of Bearcats football you really know what the glory days were like for the program. Conference titles back to back years, the first trip to a BCS bowl game, an undefeated regular season, and a second BCS bowl trip in as many years. We also saw the greatest college football game ever played when UC beat Pitt in 2009. WE WERE 3 INCHES FROM PLAYING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

That all came to an abrupt halt when UC decided to try their luck again with a coach out of Central Michigan, Butch Jones.

It’s so much different from today. The program wasn’t going to get excited over a 6-6 record and possibly going to a 3rd rate bowl game.People might look back at his time here and think that he carried on the glory in comparison of the state of things today, but that isn’t true at all. Just because after one turd we had an old dusty white dog turd named Tommy that finished us off does not mean Jones was a good coach. There’s a reason he’s an intern now.

Jones coached in the Big East, you know the one that wouldn’t exist in a few short years. The league was on its last leg and with the success of the prior 3 years UC should have easily ran to the front of the league each season. That didn’t happen not even once.

In 2010 Jones took over a team that went 12-1 the previous season. A team that only lost 1 game to Tim Tebow in his last collegiate game ever. Yes they lost players, Tony Pike got drafted for instance. I get that but posting a 4-8 record, 2-5 in the conference, the very next season was brutal. We were embarrassed by Fresno State on ESPN2 the very first game that year and things never really got better. The highlights of the season would had to have been beating Miami, OH (yay.) and a horrid Louisville team that year. Sad losses to USF, Syracuse, and UConn are all you need to know about this season.

The Big East had UConn represent the league with their auto BCS bowl bid that season. This fact still blows my mind.

Year 2 (2011)was a little better for Butch, but as they say even a blind squirrel finds a nut on occasion. I’ll say this is Butch’s best coaching year on record, at any school. The team went 9-3 that season with losses to Tennessee, West Virginia, and a real clinker to Rutgers (20-3) in NJ. The team capped off a decent season with an appearance at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN and beat  Vanderbilt 31-24. We actually finished 25 in the AP poll. (a far cry from #4 just two short years before) Yet, they couldn’t manage to separate themselves from the rest of the league. The Bearcats finished in a three-way tie for first place along with West Virginia and Louisville.

That’s as good as it ever got.

The next season the Butch and the Bearcats started hot, we thought maybe Butch has really figured this thing out. A thrilling go-ahead tochdown pass by Munchie against Virginia Tech to win the game was easily the highlight of the season. The Bearcats were 5-0 heading up to Toledo to win a buy game with what we all perceived as a lesser in state foe. We lost. Then lost the next week in the battle for the Keg of Nails in Louisville and a again a couple of weeks later to Rutgers in Nippert.

The Big East would finish in almost hilarious fashion with a 4-way tie between Cincinnati, Louisville, Syracuse, and Rutgers.

Butch Jones then proceeded to parade himself around like he was the next Vince Lombardi publicly taking interviews at Colorado, Purdue, among others, before Tennessee decide to settle for him as their 3rd pick to take over the program.

He left before we played in the prodigious Belk Bowl against perennial college football powerhouse Duke.

So did he leave the program in better shape than when he arrived? No. No way did he make anything better in Clifton. Fraud. Fake. Intern. Turd.

Breaking Down the 2018 Football Schedule

Fickell Year 2


Earlier this week the complete 2018 football scheduled was released by the American. In a turbulent week in basketball it was looked at and tabled for later discussion because the basketball bearcats were on a tear. After Sunday though I need to take my mind elsewhere. I’m not discarding the Basketball Bearcats yet I just need a timeout and recoup before we thrash UConn on Thursday. I thought it a fitting time to look ahead to football season in a very early schedule breakdown and prediction for the season.

Luke Fickell and company are in year 2 in Clifton and are out to prove they can run a successful program. Last year we saw the Bearcats finish 4-8 and miss bowl season for the second year in a row. The coaching staff has a couple new faces, some that may be familiar like former player Mike Mickens.

The highlight of last year was easily beating Miami (OH) for the 12 straight year in one of the more dramatic finishes in college football last year. Unfortunately, beating Oxford is a highlight now.

I traveled to Ann Arbor last season to watch the Bearcats take on Michigan, I figured we’d finish at least bowl eligible after watching that game. (Shows what I know)

The schedule this year features all but one Saturday game which is awesome and the traditional post Thanksgiving home game that always promises to never be that exciting, unless we’re playing for bowl eligibility.

At UCLA 9/1 – UCLA is under newly signed head coach Chip Kelly. They finished last year at 6-7, This will be his first game as a Bruin and first coached game in a couple of seasons since being booted out of the NFL. Still UC will have to play up in this game, much like the Michigan game last year. The Cats will keep it close but I can’t call it a W. They’ll drop this one in Sunny Loss Angeles. (See what I did there). 0-1

At PBS v Miami (OH) 9/8 – The Redhawks finished 5-7 last year and I’d bet the farm the Bearcats beat the Redhawks for the Victory Bell again. They had their chance to win it last year and blew it. The bell will ring out in Red and Black again. Win. 1-1

Alabama A&M 9/15 – 4-7 last year. Usually the warm up game for the season. Win. 2-1

Ohio U 9/22 – I don’t know much about the Bobcats except they finished last year at 9-4 and lost one to Kansas. That hurts. Win 3-1

At UConn 9/29 – 3-9 last season. We squeaked one out last year winning 22-21. Bearcats win again. 4-1

Tulane 10/6 – 5-7 last season and another team we beat in a thriller. This one ended with Tulane missing a chip shot field goal as time expired. Win 5-1

At Temple 10/20 – They finished last season at 7-6. This one will be a close one in my opinion. I don’t think we upset Temple in Philly this year. Loss. 5-2

At SMU 10/27 – Finished 7-6 in 2017. If we don’t beat Temple we have to win in Dallas. Another toss up like the Temple game. Win. 6-2

Navy 11/3 Finished 7-6 last year too. The triple option destroyed us last year, like Navy put up all time rushing yards against us. Even if we’re 50% better against them I think they still win. Loss. 6-3

USF 11/10 – Finished 10-2. I don’t think we’re there yet. Loss. 6-4

At UCF 11/17 Finished 13-0, beat Auburn and are the self declared National Champions. They did lose their head coach to Nebraska, a move I don’t understand. The money is more important than climate I guess. Who wants to spend their awesome years in college in Nebraska? Any way I look for UCF to fall off somewhat this year but not that much. Loss. 6-5

ECU 11/23 by this time the sky will be falling in Cincinnati because the Bearcats could be on 4 game losing streak. The Pirates finished 3-9 but dominated us last year in a 48-20 stomping. Bearcats bounce back this year though. Win. 7-5.

So that total puts us at 7-5 which would be a vast improvement for Coach Fickell and his football Bearcats and put us back in the bowl season in what seems like forever.

 

A Toast to the Keg of Nails

As Smellabama and Georgia battle it out tonight for second place in the world of college football, (Congratulations to the Knights of Central Florida on their National Championship!) I thought it a fitting time to take a look back to give a toast to the best trophy game trophy in college football that is no more. The Keg of Nails.

As an undergrad I never missed a game against Louisville at Historic Nippert Stadium. From 2007 (when I arrived in Clifton) to its final game in 2013 the game for the Keg never disappointed. The game was first played in 1929 and over the course of its tenure the Cincinnati Bearcats owned the series 30-22-1. The team to raise the trophy at the end of the game had to be “as tough as nails”, hence the name. No one knows for sure if the keg was ever actually filled with nails and thanks to the University of Louisville we’ll never know because they lost the original trophy because, well they suck.

Kegs, football, and college go together like nothing else in America. Because of that this game certainly cemented itself as one of the best in college football history. Not only was it played over the span of 84 years but it also transcended 5 conferences.  It stretched  from the Missouri Valley Conference, to the Metro Conference to Conference USA, and more recently in the Big East Conference and finally where it met its demise in the American Athletic Conference with Louisville jumping ship for the ACC.

When the Cardinals came to town you could expect the hate to spew over from both fan bases. Louisville fans were plentiful for those games and I can remember several incidents of fists flying in the stands and beer being spilled everywhere, including one specific occasion a Louisville fan spilled/threw beer all over my little sister who was still in high school at time time. Needless to say, her hate for Louisville started that day.

Recent coaches against the Cardinals: Brian Kelly 2-1, including the 2009 drubbing of Louisville ending in a final score of 41-10. Butch Jones 2-1, how he beat them twice I’ll never know. Then there’s the one shot that Tommy T had for the Cincinnati Bearcats to keep the keg, maybe till the end of time. He went 0-1. This game was an all timer though. It took a dramatic overtime finish for #19 Louisville to beat the Bearcats in a thriller at Historic Nippert 31-24. They even gave out mini kegs at the end of the game.

I don’t see the Bearcats and Cardinals picking this one back up anytime soon which is unfortunate because Louisville hate week was only second to the one dedicated to Norwood U.