Cincinnati is back in action on Saturday at noon when they take on the Miami Redhawks at Paycor Stadium.
The game will air on ESPNU with radio coverage on 700 WLW. Dan Hoard and Jim Kelly have the call.
Too big. Too fast. Very strong. Let it be 16 in a row and series leader.
Cincinnati 48 Miami 10
UC hasn’t held the series lead since 1915. Until now. It hasn’t been a “rivalry” for a while. The Redhawks are just a blip on the schedule. A game that the Bearcats just want to finish healthy and move on to Indiana.
Miami has decent run defense like it showed against Kentucky, so the Bearcats will use the pass to open up the running game. Ben Bryant will have his way with Redhawk secondary and several UC receivers will get into the end zone.
Ivan Pace will be pumped about this game and will lead the way in tackles again. Setting the plus/minus of that to 35. That should also be close to the margin of victory. Bearcats roll 49-14
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Chuck Martin has tried to give his team material from the bulletin board this week. Will it be enough for the Hawks to see Red at Paycor Stadium this week, or did he just piss off the Pace brothers?
Can Ben Bryant and the Bearcat offense continue the success they had last week and the last 15 years against the RedHawks in the Battle of the Victory Bell?
Bearcats 49, RedHawks 7
These two programs no longer resemble what they once were, as the floor and ceiling of Cincinnati’s football program have been raised to levels never dreamed of at Clifton. Cincinnati will go through a second straight beating in Cincinnati, this time at Paycor Stadium, rather than Nippert’s comforts. The second and third rows will see plenty of replays again in the second half, as Chuck Martin continues to wonder what it would have been like if Ivan Pace had stayed at Oxford.
History in the Miami-UC series is actually full of tooth and nail battles in which neither side accepts losing easily. With the tenor of how the coaches have described this year’s game, a similarly toned battle could await. As recently as 2014-17, the series meetings were one-score affairs for four years in a row. One key factor that’s hard to overlook, however, is that Miami has to use a quarterback making only his second career start. Not only is Aveon Smith inexperienced, but he has some stylistic similarities to Arkansas’ KJ Jefferson, a better, older player the UC defense faced in its first game. Miami’s defense also showed some vulnerability on the pass by giving up 300 yards and three passing touchdowns to Kentucky in their first game. The gap will be narrower than last year, but those factors give UC a decisive advantage. UC won 35-13 in 2019, and this game looks similar to me in setup.
UC 35, Miami 17
Much has changed since 1915, players can switch schools now and Cincinnati will take the lead in the battle for the Victory Bell tomorrow. It’s amazing how things can change when you’re stuck in the past. In any case…Cats at 90.
Welcome to the 126th Battle for the Victory Bell at the beautiful Paycor Stadium in downtown Cincinnati. Hard to beat as he prepares for one of the biggest matchups in one of college football’s oldest rivalries. In what is technically a home game for the Miami RedHawks, there should be plenty of Bearcat fans filling the available sections to cheer the team to a 16th straight series victory. This takes on a higher meaning with the fact that things are knotted at 59-59-7 and a win here for either team makes them top 60 and kings of the Bell for now.
Luke Fickell has constantly reminded the team about this all week. He has expressed his appreciation for the history and importance of rivalries in the sport. All of this, coupled with the fact that Miami is without its starting quarterback, tight end, and left tackle, as well as losing top players who made up a solid RedHawk defense last season (hi, Ivan Pace), makes this obvious. The Bearcats are winning this one and moving up the overall record for the first time since 1915 in the process.
Cincinnati 41, Miami 13
The Cincinnati Bearcats will take the lead in the all-time series for the first time since 1915 on Saturday. Miami lacks the skill talent or down the lines to compete with a Bearcats team that saw a ton of players watch the field last week against Kennesaw State. I expect a lot of reinforcements to see snaps in this game as the Bearcats cruise to the 52-10 victory.
Cincinnati 37 Miami 13