Cincinnati looks to keep their 7 game winning streak over Miami alive as they travel to Oxford to take on the winless Miami Redhawks. This is the 118th time Cincinnati and Miami will meet. They play for the Victory Bell. This is the most played rivalry with teams from the same state, thanks conference realignment. This is the second oldest series,behind Michigan-Notre Dame. The 117 meetings is tied for the 4th most with North Carolina-Virginia and Nebraska-Kansas. It will tie Texas-Texas A&M tomorrow. It will tie Missouri-Kansas, which isn't scheduled to continue, with the 2015 game in Oxford. The oldest rivalry is Minnesota-Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan's Axe. They've played 122 times.
The rivalry hasn't been that entertaining lately. Cincinnati has whooped on Miami the last 7 years. Some people would rather UC not schedule Miami. I disagree with that sentiment. Rivalry games, no matter how one sided, hello Tennessee-Vandy, should be played every year at rotating sites. If Miami is awful, they can schedule around it. It's not like every non-conference game is golden. Northwestern State was just on the schedule. Stony Brook and Alabama State are on the schedule for 2014 and 2015 respectively. Scheduling is tough. Teams in Cincinnati's position have to hope that ESPN will work with them to set up huge games. Sometimes it works, Virginia Tech last year, sometimes you end up like Louisville this year. Playing Miami is important. Ring that bell forever.
Spread: Cincinnati -23
Game Time: 4 pm
Internet: WatchESPN.com / ESPN3 / whatever
Series: Miami 59-51-7
In Oxford: Miami 14-9-1
Last Meeting: Cincinnati 52-14, October 6, 2012
Streak: Cincinnati – 7
Coach: Tommy Tuberville 2-1 (132-78)
Quarterbacks: Tommy Tuberville said earlier this week that both Brendon Kay and Bennie Coney would see time with the first team offense. In a game like this against an inferior opponent, that's not a bad thing.
Brendon Kay has torn apart the tissue soft defenses of 4th quarter Purdue and Northwestern State to the tune of 22-30 passing for 407 yards and 4 TDs. All of those came last week. Kay has only run 6 times for 14 yards. Probably don't want to risk anything with his shoulder. Bennie Coney was 5-5 for 60 yards and his first career TD pass last week in his first action as a Bearcat. Getting Coney's feet wet in more action against a poor team is the main key. I think Kay should carve up Miami just like he did last week. Either that or UC will run 50 times. Speaking of running …
Running Backs: The Bearcats leading rusher is Hosey Williams. He's put down 230 yards on 31 carries, a 7.4 yard average. He leads the team with 3 rushing scores. Williams has looked like the best back UC has through the first 3 weeks. Hosey has gotten it done in short yardage, he obviously has a great average and he has shown he can hit the home run. We might be seeing more of a time share. If not, the effort to keep RDA fresh is going to allow Williams to shine. Speaking of Ralph David Abernathy IV, he's the second leading rusher with 181 yards. He is up to 5 yards a carry after last week's easy work. He's scored a pair of TDs. RDA has added 4 receptions for 34 yards. No one else is in the mix besides Tion Green. Green has 17 carries for 95 yards and 2 TDs. He got one against Miami last year. Let's hope he makes it a trend.
Receivers: UC's leading receiver by yards is Max Morrison. Max has 9 catches for 190 yards and 2 TDs. His 2 TDs are tops on the team. The leading receiver in terms of receptions is Anthony McClung, who has 10 grabs. McClung has 144 yards, second on the team, and 1 TD. Chris Moore is the other receiver with over 100 yards. He has 8-122-1 TD. Shaq Washington is close with 7 grabs for 96 yards. Tight end Blake Annen has 76 yards, mostly because of his 49 yard grab last week, and a TD. Mekale McKay and Shakim Alonzo are the other two receivers over 50 yards. Both of them caught a 40 yard, 44 yard in Alonzo's case, TD last week. So many options.
Offensive Line: The group of Eric Lefeld – Austin Bujnoch – Deyshawn Bond – Andre Cureton – Parker Ehinger remains unchanged on the depth chart this week. Cureton started last week after not starting week 2. Dominic Mainello is back on the depth chart after missing last week due to injury.
Cincinnati averages 7.3 yards a play. They get 5.5 a rush and 9.8 per pass. That's pretty solid. UC has given up 3 sacks this season. They didn't' allow one last week. Cincinnati is 18-37 on third downs. When they've won, they have completely dominated this category. We aren't use to seeing UC penalized so much. They've been called for 22 so far. It's annoying.
Defensive Line: The only change on the UC depth chart is that Terrell Hartsfield is listed as the starter over Brad Harrah. Hartsfield has just 4 tackles, 0.5 for loss, but he showed something with a pair of hurries last week. Harrah has 2.5 tackles for loss, second on the team. Marques Aiken has 8 stops, 1 TFL and 2 hurries at the other end. Jordan Stepp has 7 tackles, 0.5 for loss, Mitch Meador 6 tackles and Adam Dempsey 6 tackles at tackle. Silverberry Mouhon leads the group and is tied for the team lead with 2 sacks. He had 1 last week.
Linebackers: The Bearcats leading tackler is Greg Blair. The senior has made 21 tackles, 1.5 for loss. He's also been credited for 2 QB hurries and has broken up a pair of passes. Not the flashiest start, but Greg Blair gets it done. Nick Temple has been flashy. He leads the team in tackles for a loss with 5.5. He's the only one with more than 2. He's tied for the team lead in both sacks, 2, and INTs, 1. Temple is also tied for the team lead in solo tackles with 9. He's been great so far. Jeff Luc has 13 tackles. 2 of them have been for loss. He has a hurry and has broken up a pass. Clemente Casseus has 13 tackles as well. He's the garbage man because when it's garbage time, he cleans shit up. Corey Mason has made 11 tackles, mainly in his role as a reserve.
Secondary: Arryn Chenault has been the steady force in the secondary. He's third on the team with 15 tackles. 1 of them has been for loss. Arryn has broken up a pair of passes. The flashy force in the secondary has been Zach Edwards. He's made 11 tackles. He's forced a fumble. Last week he picked up his first INT. He's come in and made nothing but plays. Backup safety Andre Jones has 11 tackles. Who knew? I didn't before now. Adrian Witty has 8 tackles and the INT against Purdue. At corner, Howard Wilder leads the group with 8 tackles. He leads the team with 3 passes broken up. He's also forced a fumble. Deven Drane didn't play last week. He's on the chart so hopefully he's return this week. LEVITICUS PAYNE has played in all 3 games but only has 3 tackles. I just wanted to say his name.
Kicker: The Golden Toe Tony Miliano is 2-2 on field goals and 17-17 on extra points. He's been perfect. He's hit from 37 and 30. He's also put half of his kickoffs for touchbacks.
Long Snapper: Kirk Willis
Punter: John Lloyd has punted 8 times for an average of 40.4. He hit a career best 45 yarder last week. He's put 1 punt inside the 20. He's yet to have one blocked so that's good.
Punt Returns: Anthony McClung has returned 7 punts for 52 yards, a 7.4 yard average. That seems pretty good. But Anthony McClung is not a punt returner. I love Anthony, but please, no more punt returns.
Kick Returns: There have only been 7 kick returns for the Bearcats. 4 of them have been handled by the primary return man RDA IV. He's got a 23.2 yard average with a long of 25. A solid group. Missing a little pop though.
Coach: Don Treadwell 8-18
Quarterback: Austin Boucher played a couple years ago on Miami's 10 win team as a freshman. He threw for 333 yards in the win over Northern Illinois. He threw for 289 in the bowl win over Middle Tennessee. He attempted 36 passes in the bowl game. That ties in very well because he's attempted 36 passes the first two weeks. He's only completed 14. Boucher has 188 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Both of his long passes were against Marshall. He's run the ball 30 times for 36 yards. He has Miami's longest run of the season at 22 yards. It's going to be a long year for him. At least he's a D-1 quarterback.
Running Back: Miami's option game doesn't have any good running backs. Austin Gearing is the leading rusher. He had his best game a couple weeks ago against Kentucky. He had 9 carries for 28 yards. He's got 15 carries for 55 yards. Dawan Scott has 7 carries for 39 yards. That's pretty ok. Why doesn't he get more carries? I don't know, I'm not a Miami coach. Spencer Treadwell scored Miami's only rushing touchdown. He's got 8 carries for 22 yards. Not much talent.
Receivers: Miami's receivers were fucked when Nick Harwell got kicked off the team, or left the team, or whatever happened. They've only completed 14 passes. 4 of them have gone to Rokeem Williams for 82 yards. Steve Marck has 4 catches for 41 yards and a TD. Dawan Scott has 2 catches for 41 yards. His longest catch of the season was for 45 yards. Alvonta Jenkins has 2 for 17, Fred McRae 1-5 and Sam Shisso 1-2. That's it.
Offensive Line: Miami's line is a bit of a mess. Terry Davis started week 1 but didn't play against Kentucky. Trevan Brown started the season at right guard before moving to left. Marcus Matthews is the rock at center. John Anevski got his first start last week. Zach Lewis has held down right tackle all year. This group should be juggled because they are bad.
Miami moved to the option this year. The line has been dominated. They are only getting 2.2 yards a rush. They average 5.1 a pass. Their total offense is 3.2 yards. That's not a first down. Miami as a team has been called for 8 penalties. They've been privy to the sack, as they've given up 6.
Defensive Line: The Redhawks defensive line is led by J'Terius Brown. He's a redshirt freshman end who doesn't even start. He's made a team high 3.5 tackles for loss. He has Miami's only sack. Bryson Albright leads the group in tackles with 9, including 1 for a loss. The rest of the lineman don't have any more than 6 tackles and I don't feel like looking them up.
Linebackers: Miami's leading tackler is Kent Kern. He's made 19 stops. He has 1.5 tackles for loss. He's had a lot of opportunity. Chris Wade has 15 tackles, 0.5 for loss. He recovered a fumble for a TD against Kentucky. The third starting linebacker is Josh Doley, who has 12 tackles and broke up a pass. Nate Gerbus isn't a starter, but he's part of the Miami linebacker rotation. He's come through with 10 tackles.
Secondary: Safety Jay Mastin has 17 tackles. He's responsible for the only Miami INT of the year. It came week 1 against Marshall. The other safety is Brison Burris. He's made 14 tackles and has broken up 2 passes. Dayonne Nunley has also made 14 tackles from his spot at corner. He leads the team with 3 break ups.
Kicker: Kaleb Patterson is 0-1 on field goals, don't know how long the attempt was with Miami's stats, and 3-3 on extra points. He's had an easy season.
Holder: Drew Kummer. Not the best of names.
Long Snapper: Bryce Lehwald
Punter: Zac Murphy might be Miami's best player. He's punted 20 times already. He's averaging 48.8 yards a punt. His long this season is 66. He had a monster game stat wise against Kentucky. He boomed 4 of his 11 punts, 11 punts!, over 50 yards. He also had 4 go inside the 20.
Punt Returns: Fred McRae has taken 4 punts 66 yards. He busted a 32 yard return against Kentucky. Miami doesn't force a ton of punts, but if they do, McRae has talent.
Kick Returns: Dawan Scott has only returned 5 kicks. He's averaging 24.4 yards with a long of 33.
Miami has given up 14 red zone opportunities. 9 have gone for TDs, 1 went for a field goal.
Miami has converted 3 of 29 third downs this year. One of those was from a yard out. Anything from more than 3 yards is a disaster. They haven't converted a 3rd and 4, 5, 6 or 7. They have faced 10 third downs over over 10 yards. They are 0-10. You'll notice that's over 30% of their third downs.
Meanwhile, Miami has given up 13-29 on third down. This was after Kentucky was just 4-12.
Miami has 3 offensive plays for over 20 yards. They have to use kick returns to boost the total. It makes it 9. That's still not good.
Miami has not scored a second half point this season.
This is Miami's home opener.
Let's see if there is anything interesting in the game notes:
Funny/sad thing about that second fact is
Someone didn't update the game notes. Or they can't believe UC lost to Toledo. Or Toledo has left the MAC without anyone knowing.
UC has Treadwell's record as 8-17. Miami has it at 8-18. Not the best game notes this week, Go Bearcats
I don't expect a great game tomorrow. Cincinnati should romp. I would love to see RDA get over 100 yards. I would love to see Hosey get over 100 as well. 300 rushing yards could be in play tomorrow. It's going to be a fun game for us to watch. Not so much for Miami fans.
Cincinnati 59 Miami 14