Percent of Memphis' total yardage that the Tigers gained on two second-half touchdown drives against Cincinnati. The Tigers gained 145 yards in 21 plays on these two drives, scoring on two nice runs by Brandon Hayes. But in their other 40 plays, they gained just 87 yards with five punts, two turnovers, a turnover on downs, and a short touchdown drive following a good punt return. Not surprisingly, Memphis lost, 34-21. The defense did not fare as well as I anticipated, but the complete and total lack of consistent offense is holding the Tigers back in 2013.
The defense didn't play well because the Cincinnati offense is playing at a higher level right now than at any other point this season.
What has happened to Cincinnati (35)? Year one under Tommy Tuberville has been tragic (one player was killed and another seriously injured in an auto accident) and underachieving. The Bearcats are 6-2 but have the most threadbare collection of victories imaginable: Purdue, FCS Northwestern State, Miami of Ohio, Temple, Connecticut and Memphis. The best of that bunch, according to the Sagarin Ratings: 1-6 Memphis, which is ranked No. 102. And the losses have been ugly: to a South Florida team that was winless at the time, and by 28 points to an Illinois team that is now 3-5. Given the ease of the schedule, a decent Cincinnati team would be 8-0.
What has happened is a pair of fluky losses and a string of uneven performances not unlike the up and down outputs of year 1 and 2 of the Butch Jones era. A transition year in other words.
Receivers Jeremy Johnson (concussion), Keenan Holman (shoulder) and Deion Sanders Jr. (shoulder) and linebacker Kevin Pope (hamstring) should be 100 percent by Saturday’s game against Cincinnati. "They probably would not have played last weekend,’’ coach June Jones said.
Now wait a minute? Didn’t we hear that Cincinnati is paying him "only"* $2.2 million? Well yes, he’s making about $2.2 million this season. The reason USA Today’s number is so high is because, according to the fine print, they are rolling up $943,000 from Butch Jones’ buyout when he left for Tennessee under Tuberville’s total salary. That’s how UC is reporting it although it’s unclear if the Bearcats’ head coach will see a dime of that extra money.
New year, same look. The Bearcats appear ready to enter 2013-2014 as another rugged bunch that will front strong defense and only a couple consistent scorers under head coach Mick Cronin. Senior shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick has returned after another successful campaign where he averaged 17 points per game as a preseason all-Big East first teamer. He’s lost his backcourt mate Cashmere Wright, who had long run the show in the Queen City from his point guard position.
A preview of the Bearcats from SB Nation's own UConn Blog
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