These first three games ... We knew they would be bad. This bad? Probably the most pessimistic among us predicted more competitive games.
Cincinnati's offense revolves around running back Isaiah Pead, who is averaging 11.5 yards per carry. But the Bearcats pass defense was hideous last week, when Tennessee's Tyler Bray passed for 405 yards. Much of the blame was given to the pass rush, which didn't give Bray any reason to hurry.
The Bearcats also have an All-Big East quarterback in Zach Collaros. If you remember, Collaros got his start at the Rubber Bowl in 2008, after Tony Pike went down with an injury. Akron led by a 15-14 count in the fourth quarter. Collaros took over on the drive that allowed the Bearcats to score the winning field goal.
Those days (of actually competing with good teams) seem decades away. Wouldn't it be nice to go back to the 2009 game against Indiana, when Akron was actually favored to win, and just pause it there, to relive the tailgating scene of a crowded campus full of optimistic fans?
But anyhow, the Zips won't be doing much competing with Cincinnati tomorrow. Akron is a 34-point underdog.
And then there's this ... The headshot from UC's student columnist. For our collective sake, I hope UC comfortably wins. There's no need for this guy to go postal.