Keys To Squeez The Orange

With Friday night's loss to Connecticut, West Virginia has proved the Big East is still a wide-open race. For Butch Jones and the University of Cincinnati, homecoming presents a chance to keep their chances of winning a third Big East title in reach. So what do the Bearcats need to do for a victory? Here are the keys.

A win on Saturday will help the University of Cincinnati stay in the hunt for a third Big East Championship.  A loss, while not moving them out all together, will make the climb to the top of the conference look out of reach.  Here are several keys the Bearcats will need to achieve if they hope to give Bearcat fans a victory on homecoming.

Limit Penalties

Yes, Syracuse did beat West Virginia just a week ago.  However, they did so with much help from the Mountaineers as they committed nine penalties during the game.  The Bearcats have been a team giving officials arm pains with the number of yellow hankies thrown against them.  Keep penalties to a minimum and results will have a great chance of being positive.


Another reason the Orange was able to beat WVU a week ago was turnovers.  By throwing three interceptions, West Virginia gave Syracuse extra chances to post points on the board.

Keep Cuse Running Game In Check

Antwon Bailey and Delone Carter are both capable of having 100 + yard games.  Together, they provide Syracuse a solid running attack.

Force Syracuse To Throw

While the Orange can run the ball, they do struggle throwing the ball.  If the Bearcats can get an early lead, they will force Syracuse to throw.  Against West Virginia Ryan Nassib went 5-of-15 for 63 total yards.

Keep Orange Out Of Red-Zone

One of the biggest differences from a year ago is team's ability to score when they get in the red-zone.  While the Bearcats are hitting 64% on red-zone touchdowns, they are also allowing teams to hit on 63%.  

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