Cincinnati Bearcats Football Season Preview History
2011 Cincinnati Football Preview:
A year after winning back-to-back Big East titles, Cincinnati struggled under the guidance of first year coach Butch Jones. The Bearcats limped to a 4-8 finish and won just two games in their conference. The team looks to rebound, and they certainly have the offensive talent to do so. If the ‘Cats defense can hold up, there's no reason why they can't return to the postseason.
The offense, which scored a conference-best 27.1 points per game in 2010, will be led by senior quarterback Zach Collaros, who is equally adept at running as he is at passing. He will be flanked by talented running back Isaiah Pead. If Collaros can limit his interceptions when throwing to receivers DJ Woods and Kenbrel Thompkins, the offense will be in good shape.
The defense was questionable at times last season, yielding 28 points and more than 369 yards per game. Much of that squad is back this year, and coaches are hoping that another year of experience will shore up any holes they had. The defensive line should be strong under defensive end Walter Stewart and nose tackle John Hughes, but the secondary may still have to pick it up to be effective enough to take Cincinnati farther up the polls in 2011.
2010 Cincinnati Football Preview:
In the upcoming college football season, it will be difficult for the Cincinnati Bearcats to top the dominate season that they pulled together in 2009. Last year, the team swept the Big East Conference for a first place finish and finished the year 12-1 overall.
The Bearcats ended the season third in the BCS standings and fourth in the coaches' poll, and new head coach Butch Jones will surely be looking to improve those small numbers this fall. While the team lost their quarterback to the NFL, leading rusher Isaiah Pead and star receiver Armon Binns will be looking to carry the team this year. Last season the pair scored 20 touchdowns between them.
Six weeks into the Bearcats' season, the team will square off on the gridiron at home against their oldest rivals, Miami University of Ohio, and the winner will be awarded the traditional Victory Bell. The very next week, Cincinnati will travel to the home turf of another rival, the University of Louisville, to battle in the annual Keg of Nails game.
While the team only joined the Big East in 2005, the Bearcats are out to show that they own the conference.
2009 Cincinnati Football Preview:
Head Coach: Brian Kelly
Cincinnati used to be known as a basketball school, but Bearcats football coach Brian Kelly is doing his part to turn them into a football school. The Bearcats head into the 2009 fresh off their first conference championship in football since 2002. Cincy's 11 wins in 2008 represent one of the best football teams in the history of their program. Now the challenge will be to follow up on that wildly successful season in the fast improving Big East Conference. If Kelly can get the Bearcats offense clicking again, then expect big things from them in 2009.
2008 Cincinnati Football Preview:
Head Coach: Brian Kelly
The Cincinnati Bearcats football program is coming off of fantastic season in 2007 and will be looking for a Big East title and a big bowl bid this coming season. Under head coach Brian Kelly, the Bearcats have made history by finishing the regular season with a top 25 ranking. Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati will be rocking this year as the Bearcats show their brand of high-powered passing offense and a defense notorious for causing turnovers.