The Cincinnati Bearcats take on Miami (OH) this week in a battle for the victory bell. Miami Head Coach Don Treadwell is looking to turn around a RedHawk football program that has struggled in recent year. Miami is 0-2 so far this season after blowout losses to Marshall and Kentucky. This team hasn't really found its identity yet and is desperate for a win. If Cincinnati starts slow Miami could put them on upset alert.
Offensive Strength: Read Option Attack
Miami hasn't exactly been solid offensively and are ranked as one of the worst in the country in all categories. However, if they were to have a strength it would be their option offense. If you run this type of offense effectively it can torture opposing defenses and if the Bearcats aren't prepared, Miami has a chance to hit on some big plays.
Offensive Weakness: Offensive Line
The RedHawks are statistically one of the worst offenses in the country. They rank 120th in passing and 114th in rushing. The offensive line gives senior quarterback Austin Boucher little time to throw and rarely creates holes for the running game. The Bearcats should dominate the line of scrimmage and get after the quarterback all game.
Defensive Strength: Sophomore Linebacker Kent Kern
This defense is far from good but sophomore linebacker Kent Kern has shown signs of good play. He leads the team with a total of 15 tackles this season and will only get better as he moves forward in his career. Look for Kern to be one of the defensive "stoppers" (if their is one) against the Bearcats this weekend.
Defensive Weakness: No Identity
If you look at all the great defenses that have played the game of football all of them had their own identity. They played to their strengths and always seemed to come up with a big play. This Miami defense has no identity and is just not talented enough to keep up with most offenses. They gave up 591 total yards of offense against Marshall in week 1 and came back in week 2 and gave up an overwhelming 675 yards against Kentucky. The Bearcat offense should have no problem scoring points on Saturday.
The victory bell is once again up for grabs this weekend and the Bearcats should have no problem keeping it in Cincinnati. The Redhawks are a struggling football team and do not have enough talent to pull off the upset. With that being said, anything can happen in a rivalry game so the Bearcats need to start fast and not look back. If they come out hitting on all cylinders, it will be an easy win for their 8th straight victory against Miami.