Bye Week Observations

We take a look at some of the things worrying UC fans during the bye week blues.

The worry over Delaware State

-We all know UC didn't put on the greatest show against their FCS opponents from the Northeast, but I think we all need to pump the breaks a bit on the criticism. It is much too early in the year to be throwing in the white flag. Yes, we had six turnovers. Yes, Munchie made some poor decisions. These are all things that can easily be fixed in the two weeks between the Delaware State game and the Virginia Tech game. I can promise that Coach Jones will be screaming his catch phrase "Chin the ball!!!!" to these players during the next two weeks of practice, and these players will respond. Hop back on the bandwagon guys, there's plenty of room.

The turnover problem

-Six turnovers is not something to take lightly. One turnover? Sure. Two turnovers? Maybe the focus was a little off. But six turnovers? That's a real problem. You cannot afford to have games like that in conference play. Having six turnovers against a Louisville or a Rutgers and you're making an appearance in ESPN.com's bottom ten. In talking to the players post game, they are well aware of the problem. It's hard to not tend to look past an FCS opponent and chalk that game up as a W before kickoff, and I think that's what led to the lapses in focus come game time. Coach Jones can use this as a learning tool that NO team should be overlooked, and with the parity in college football, you can lose to anyone. The Bearcats will come ready to play against the Hokies.

Shaking off the rust

-Having a two-week break between games can be a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, you have plenty of time to work out the kinks from previous games (and UC definitely has some kinks) and get your team straightened out and back in the right mindset. On the other hand, it's tough to simulate game speed and it's easy to lose your rhythm during a two-week break. In this case, however, I think the two-week break is a huge advantage in Cincinnati's favor. They clearly need to work on some things post Delaware State and having those two weeks is almost like having another training camp. And considering how they played after the last training camp (a 34-10 demolition of Pitt), I think Bearcat's fans should be ready to see a newly focused squad on that field in Landover, MD.


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