Miami Coach Don Treadwell is looking to bring back a winning culture for the struggling Redhawks and the Bearcats senior offensive lineman Austen Bujnoch knows that anything can happen in a rivalry game.
"All records are thrown out during this game, " said Bujnoch after practice. "Their a team that plays hard and we respect them. We just have to come in and execute."
The Bearcats will look to execute like they did last week after a blowout win against Northwestern State. The offensive line played well this past week and Bujnoch and the rest of the Bearcat front will look to dominate an overmatched Miami defense. However, the game on Saturday will have a lot of emotion and energy.
This game means a lot to both schools as many players from both sides know each other from playing ball here in the Greater Cincinnati Area. This is especially meaningful to Bujnoch, The Cincinnati native whos best friend and high school teammate , John Anevski, will be on the opposing sideline on Saturday.
"John and I talk every other day. He's like a brother to me, " said Bujonch. "We talk some trash and at the end of the day I love him but on Saturday were rivals."
Their is no doubt that UC is the better team in this matchup but I am sure their are several seniors for the Redhawks that would love to leave Oxford knowing they beat the Bearcats once. This is the super bowl for the Redhawks and if Cincinnati isn't careful they could leave Yager Stadium with dissapointment.
Austin Bujonch and several other Bearcat seniors would hate to be the class that let the rivalry steak end at seven. It means a lot to both teams and to Bujnoch it would mean a lot to know he left UC without giving up the Victory Bell.
"It means everything. We have it here now and we want to keep it here. We have to come out and execute. It's not going to be easy by any means but I have confidence we can get it done."
If the Bearcats can get it done they will continue their dominance of Miami for the past eight seasons and look to improve their record to 3-1. Bujnoch and the rest of the Bearcats had a solid practice today and are focused in for a big game on Saturday.