On The Nose: Duckens 2nd Half Season Preview

Former Bearcats nose tackle Bob Duckens is manning the middle for Bearcat Insider taking a quick look at the second half of the Bearcats 2014 schedule and how he thinks the team will do in each game.

Game 7- South Florida Bulls: This is the payback game on the schedule for Cincinnati. USF upset the Cats last season after tragedy struck the team during the bye week. This time around the Cats will be ready and USF won’t stand a chance playing away from home. UC wins this one 31-10.

Game 8: Tulane Green Wave - This is a potential trap game. New Orleans is a great city, playing in the Superdome, the lure of the big easy. Tulane is not going to lie down and UC is going to have to stay focused in order to win this one. Even though I think UC wins this one, beware of the possible upset. UC wins this 28-24.

Game 9: East Carolina Pirates - Probably the game in the second half of the season that scares me, why do you say? East Carolina probably has the most lethal one-two combo at QB and receiver that the nation has seen in Shane Carden and Justin Hardy. The Pirates can score points and they are a team that will not go away so this is going to be a shootout. The key will be if UC can get consistent stops on defense, the answer is yes and only because I give UC the edge being at home, UC in a thriller 37-33.

Game 10: Connecticut Huskies - Welcome back Bob Diaco, the former UC defensive coordinator under Brian Kelly who is now in his first year as the UConn head coach. This will be a rude welcome as the Cats will win this one going away 48-7.

Game 11 Temple Owls - Temple has had their share of close games with UC and I expect this one to be the same. Very scrappy, the Owls will put up a fight but UC should prevail in this one 28-10.

Game 12: Houston Cougars - Probably one of the most talented teams in the AAC, the Cougars will be in the conference race when they come to Cincy. This could decide the conference title and UC having it at home will have the advantage. Houston hasn’t had too much luck playing in Cincy and was blown out during their last visit. This one will be close but the Cats will finish out the year with a 35-24 win.

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