Cincinnati football has won four of the lats 5 big east championships and will look to get another title this season. However, this time it will be in a new conference. Their is a lot of work ahead and junior defensive back Howard Wilder knows it will not be easy.
"It's always tough to win your conference," said Wilder after practice. "We have to be focused each game from here on out."
The Bearcats have not lacked focus the past three weeks as they are undefeated during that stretch with wins over Temple, UCONN, and Memphis. These wins have put them at 3-1 in conference play behind Houston and UCF. Both of these squads have yet to lose a game in conference but that should change as the two teams play each other this week.
Most importantly, the Bearcats play Houston later in the year but don't play UCF. If Houston beats UCF, it allows the Bearcats to control their own destiny. If they can knock off Houston later in the season it will give them greater hope in winning the AAC.
This is certainly looking ahead at the big picture and that is something this Cincinnati football team tries to stay away from.
"We don't really worry about other teams," said Wilder. "All we can do is go out and play our style of football. We win and let the rest take care of itself."
Mr. Wilder seems to be on to something here as the Bearcats can't get caught up in what is going on around them. If they lose a game their chances of winning the conference rapidly diminish.
Cincinnati will host SMU this weekend at Nippert stadium as they go for a fourth strait victory. The Mustangs come in with a record of 3-4 (2-1) with hopes of upsetting the Bearcats on their home turf.
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