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Scout.com: Pass rush under microscope
No doubt this is a huge questionmark for Cincinnati heading into this season. I'm in the camp that being good in the trenches, on either side of the ball, wins ball games. Cincinnati's improved D-Line should make the coverage of both the linebackers and secondary better with an improved pass rush. That's the theory anyways and I hope it plays out that way this season.
BearcatReport.com - Steak for turnovers
Whatever works. I'm at least pleased that the Bearcats coaching staff is aware of the issue with turnovers and are doing something to correct it, no matter how gimmicky it sounds. I fully believe Murphy's Law took over this team in 2010 and everything will balance out in 2011.
Cronin talks Big East Gauntlet
The Big East schedule for the Bearcats looks very front loaded. Right out of the gate they travel to Pittsburgh and it doesn't get much easier throughout the month of January. I think Cincinnati can finish above .500 for the month but that'll be a tough task. There are a lot of veterans on Cincinnati along with a nice mix of talented freshman. However if they finish worse than 4 - 5 it will be very discouraging.
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Inside the Big East: Running Backs | August
Isaiah Pead is the clear front runner to being named the Big East's best running back but to entertain the rest of the conference, Scott at Bearcats Blog looked at the other team's backs. Ray Graham and Antwon Bailey should have very solid seasons in 2011. Coming in at 4th is Victor Anderson who I don't know how to evaluate considering Bilal Powell took his starting job last season.
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Texas A&M plans to leave Big 12 by July 2012 - College Football - Rivals.com
Yea the writing was on the wall for this to happen about two months ago when details about Texas's Longhorn Network were dug up. Yesterday was the absolute last day for Tex-AM to declare their secession from the Big XII otherwise they would have had to play the 2012 season in the conference. This is the leading story in college football and, as of right now, the Aggies don't have a home after the 2011 season as SEC has yet to extend an invitation.