As the Buckeyes come off their first bye week of the 2014 season and prepare for B1G football play, they’ll have one more task standing in front of them in the form of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. This will be the first meeting between the two Ohio schools since 2006 when the Bucks came away victorious 37-7.
The Bearcats are coming off the first year for head coach Tommy Tuberville and a very successful one it was. UC was 9-4 (6-2 in the AAC) and lost to North Carolina 39-17 in the 2013 Belk Bowl. The 2013 season also included wins over B1G members Purdue, and soon to be member Rutgers. They also beat something called Northwestern, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of.
The biggest and best news for the Bearcats this offseason was getting transfer QB Gunner Kiel. The former big time recruit made national news over his recruiting process by committing to Indiana, then LSU, THEN finally to Notre Dame. When Kiel found himself behind several other qb’s in South Bend including returning starter from 2012, Everett Golson, he decided to transfer to Cincinnati. Kiel sat out the 2013 season and has 3 years of eligibility remaining. Kiel impressed all during the Bearcats spring game and seems to have the lead for the starting job heading into fall camp.
The Bearcats are looking forward to what could be a special season if their quarterback situation pans out and their defense will be more consistent with a new coordinator. Kiel has a big arm, is very accurate, can throw a nice deep ball and has good mobility. The one area he must improve on is throwing the football on the run. The one challenger he will have this fall is from junior college transfer Jarred Evans. Former starter Munchie Legaux will return for his fifth year after suffering a severe knee injury last September.
Whoever the quarterback will be Cincinnati will return its top three rushers including Hosey Williams, Ralph David Abernathy and Tion Green. The wide receiver position is in good shape with Senior Shaq Washington and Chris Moore. Washington is an excellent possession receiver who had 78 catches last year. The offensive line returns three starters including tackle Eric Lefeld (6-6 309).
Cincinnati’s defense ranked ninth in the country in total defense and yet still fired their defensive coordinator Art Kaufman. Coach Tuberville hired Hank Hughes to run the defense, and they will continue to run the 4-3 defense that was implemented last year. Read More
After snapping their three game losing streak with a win against Army on Friday, the Ohio State women’s basketball team headed back out on the road to face the Cincinnati Bearcats. Cincinnati came into the game with a 4-4 record that included a bad loss to Northern Kentucky but only a narrow loss to a good Florida State team. The Buckeyes came in with a 7-5 record and were looking to get a winning streak started to get them headed toward Big Ten play on the right foot.
The first half was a tight, back and forth affair that saw frequent lead changes and numerous ties as neither team was able to pull away or really get much of a streak going. With just under five minutes remaining in the half, a steal and layup by Cait Craft gave Ohio State a 21-17 lead; the largest lead of the game at that point. Unfortunately Cincinnati responded by controlling the rest of the half with a 12 to 2 run that put them up 29-23 heading into the break.
After Cincinnati managed to extend their lead to 8 points, 33-25, early in the second half, OSU responded with an 8 to 2 run to make it a two point game just six and a half minutes into the second session. Unfortunately the Buckeyes couldn’t take advantage of their newfound momentum and the Bearcats quickly extended their lead back to six points. A Cait Craft three-pointer made it a three point game but then Cinci went on an 8 to 2 run to give themselves a comfortable 47-38 lead with just over eight minutes remaining on the clock. OSU would never really be able to cut into that lead and Cincinnati coasted down the stretch to a 64-49 win, a margin aided by OSU intentionally fouling in the closing minute.
Great game, great venue and it was just good to see the Scarlet and Gray back on the football field again this Saturday.
Granted, we didn’t really “learn” much in this practice with a scoreboard, but there were some things that stood out. We’ll continue to talk more about this in the coming days, but I’m excited about the pistol formation that we saw throughout the scrimmage… yet another angle to attack and destroy.
We all identified things that we were looking for- let’s see how our folks did. We’ll be using my elaborate and completely subjective scoring system which awards as follows: 2 points for a correct answer, 1 point for a partial, mockery for everything else.
Thanks again to our friend Josh Winslow for his great photo coverage!
What player scores the first points of the game? Correct Answer: Braxton to Smith
Who’s the offensive MVP? Correct Answer: Braxton Miller Read More
A bit of a different version of WDYWTSOS, since we all want to see the same thing- Awesomeness and no injuries.
So, we’ve polled our staff of experts for their predictions on the following aspects for “Getting Down At Paul Brown”- let’s see how much everyone’s been paying attention to the Spring Practice Updates:
What player scores the first points of the game?
WVa: Braxton Miller will score first and it will be on a long run.
Ken: Devin Smith on a long pass play from The Brax
Jason: Rod Smith. My bet is they limit Hyde and with Brax wearing the black shirt his running is cut out.
Janelle: Devin Smith on a deep ball from Braxton
Eric: Might as well ask what your favorite color of M&M is based on the taste. I’ll go with Michael Thomas on a nice Brax pass.
Dexter: I’m going to go with Evan Spencer on a Bomb downfield from Braxton Miller. That is my favorite color M&M.
Charles: To be a bit different, I’ll go with Drew Basil
Mali: The obvious answer is Drew Basil.
Who’s the offensive MVP? Read More
Spring has finally arrived in Columbus, it seems- time to enjoy Oval Beach and discover all of the kids’ toys that were buried under the snow. Being Ohio, though, it only means that there’s another storm on the horizon… so, there’s but one choice for today’s soundtrack.
This could quite possibly be the last SBP of… well… forever. The Mayans have spoken… or the Aztecs, I always get them confused. So, of course there’s only one soundtrack for the moment… it’s been a good ride.
As a part of this, though, the University is requiring students to have “open” bank accounts- to allow the University to better monitor incoming funds to avoid no-show jobs and booster “gifts”. Read More
After falling to Notre Dame in the Carrier Classic to open the season, their first loss in a season opener in 17 years, the Ohio State women’s basketball team looked to get things back on track tonight in their home opener against instate opponent Cincinnati.
Ohio State got off to strong start, scoring the game’s first 9 points despite a couple miscues on offense. After the 16 minute media timeout Cincinnati finally got their offense going as they went on a 7 to 2 run to cut the OSU lead to 11-7 with fourteen minutes to go in the half. The Buckeyes didn’t let the Bearcats get any closer than that as they went on a 10 to 2 run over their own over the next three minutes to extend their lead to 21-9. A short 5 to 2 mini-run by Cinci cut the lead back to single digits briefly but that didn’t last long as OSU dominated the rest of the half, leading 42-21 at halftime. Ohio State did a great job shooting the ball in the first half, going 77% from the floor and hitting both of their three-point shots. Defensively the Buckeyes held Cincinnati to only 27% shooting though the Bearcats were 2 of 5 from outside the arc.