Re: UC Football
Paintmered - I'll be in the Lair also.
Z-Fly - I haven't gotten my tickets yet. I was told early August, so I'm expecting them any day now.
Buckeye - They should be pretty good. Finished #17 last year after going 10-3, and they return 16 starters. The big question right now is if qb Ben Mauk will get another year of eligibility. He applied for a medical hardship waiver and the NCAA denied him, he appealed and they denied him again, and he has one appeal left where he talks to the committee which has dragged on forever. The NCAA needs to get off their butt and give this kid a final answer ASAP. Overall they'll have a tough defense again and I expect the offense to continue to improve after being in Kelly's system for the second year.
Here's my game by game predictions assuming Mauk doesn't play (which I don't think will hurt us too badly).
Eastern Kentucky - Should be an easy win for the Bearcats. 1-0.
At Oklahoma - I may be crazy but I think the Cats have a chance at pulling this off. The Bearcat defense is tough which may allow them to stick around until the end. West Virginia took it to Oklahoma in the bowl game last year, and UC barely lost to WVU. Of course the UC WVU game was at UC and now the Bearcats have to travel to Norman. I'll say the Sooners win this one. 1-1.
Miami (OH) - Should be another easy win for the Bearcats. UC took it to them last year in Miami, and they get them at home this year. 2-1.
at Akron - Another early win for the Cats to push them to 3-1.
at Marshall - This game scares me a little, but I think UC will have too much for the Herd. 4-1.
Rutgers - The Cats have had Rutgers number the last couple years, and I think it will continue with the game at UC. 5-1.
UCONN - I feel real confident the Cats will take care of business here. UCONN took a beating last year at UC because they couldn't move the ball, and I see things the same this year. 6-1.
USF - The Bearcats have won the last two meetings, and I think they make it three straight. 7-1.
at WVU - West Virginia at Morgantown. If they come out of this with a win it would be a pleasant surprise, but I don't see it happening. 7-2.
at Louisville - This one should be a Bearcat win but it worries me. Louisville seems to have our number, and it's in Louisville. I'll say a close loss. 7-3.
Pittsburgh - Maybe the Bearcats can finally beat Pittsburgh. 8-3.
Syracuse - Worst team in the Big East means a Bearcat win. 9-3.
Hawaii - Assuming the Cats aren't too busy partying in Hawaii I think they pull off win number ten. 10-3.