—Spread check: FB vs. Tulsa on 11/6 – Cincinnati by 23
—As many around the sports world have already heard, ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to Cincinnati, Ohio for the first time in history when the Bearcats play Tulsa on Saturday, November 6. UC fans will be sure to play the role of gracious host and the dynamic campus will provide some fantastic optics even for those already familiar with the school’s urban setting. More details and the site location are forthcoming, but we already know the details don’t matter as much - this is truly a milestone for the program.
—On point: “We worked for this moment.”
The rise and transition of UC Athletics feels very Louisville-esque to me. More on that in a future article, for sure.
—Our own Ryan Randone has the post-game write-up on Bearcat Football’s victory over Tulane last Saturday.
—Men’s Golf finished its fall season with an eighth-place team showing at the Steelwood Collegiate Invite in Alabama over the weekend. Sam Jean once again came up roses for the Bearcats, tying for eighth-place individually, and Mason Lenhart earned a career-best 16th place finish. The ‘Cats have a long break between now and late February when they begin their spring slate at Coral Creek Club Invitational in Placida, Florida.
—The Black Team won the 2021 Red vs Black World Series on Saturday afternoon after tying up the series with a Game 2 victory. Bearcat Baseball, special in-game scenarios, and a grand slam – this game had everything we’d like to see moving forward toward baseball season.
—Women’s Volleyball picked up another win over Memphis on Halloween to move to 13-7 overall and 8-4 in conference play. They will play AAC-leader UCF on Friday at home in a revenge game.
—Did you know? Sure, of course you knew.
On today's date in 1914, @GoBearcatsFB's Teddy Baehr led Cincinnati to a 14-7 comeback victory over Kentucky. Inspired by the fullback, cheerleader Norman Lyon chanted, "They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side!"— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) October 31, 2021
We're celebrating 107 years of #Bearcats! pic.twitter.com/fOLZgR8zaB
Great history - and bonus points for coining the name at UK’s expense. Awesome.
—Ryan Fowler of The Draft Network says the 2022 NFL Draft class of quarterbacks could look similar to the lackluster 2013 draft class. He mentions Desmond Ridder but obviously doesn’t give him the love he deserves. Let’s hope he’s eating crow a couple years from now like many are now regarding Lamar Jackson.
—Bearcat Basketball currently sits at #22 in the updated 247Sports 2022 class rankings. Solid start for Wes Miller as excitement builds in Clifton for basketball’s return next week.
—Now only 7 days away
A little something to hold you over until we get the real thing...— Cincinnati Men’s Hoops (@GoBearcatsMBB) November 1, 2021
8️⃣ days! pic.twitter.com/PSfs7Y8wNw
—The first College Football Rankings will be released this evening starting at 7 pm ET. A lot of fans I’ve spoken with feel UC will finally break through and make the playoff at the end of the season – but a lot of others feel there will be a late swiftboating of the Bearcats (some one- or two-loss team will be pushed higher by season’s end). We will see what the initial rankings reveal about the committee’s feelings toward UC. ESPN’s Playoff Predictor expects the Bearcats will have a 93% chance of making the playoff if they win out and win the conference title, so that’s positive.
I have a feeling UC will land at #3 or #4 tomorrow night, setting up some very interesting next few weeks. My gut tells me that if the ’Cats are left outside the Top 4 in the initial rankings then there’s going to be quite the uphill battle. If we land at #3, I’d say we stay inside the top four as long as we win out. In the meantime, check out NCAA.com writer Andy Wittry’s prediction. No discussion about UC’s or its merits, like other predictions I’ve seen. Just plugs them in and leaves them outside. Seems canned.
—And finally, a feel-good story about UC College of Law’s Ohio Innocence Project and redemption for a convicted murderer 47 years later.