We look at the keys the Cincinnati Bearcats must use to win their tenth consecutive Victory Bell over Miami Ohio on Saturday.

What must the Cincinnati Bearcats do if they want to keep the Victory Bell in Clifton for a tenth consecutive year? Bearcat Insider gives our keys to victory as the Bearcats and RedHawks get ready to battle for the 120th time for the Victory Bell.

KEY ONE: New Week - Don’t Live In Past

Put last week behind you and move forward.  The loss to Temple is in the books and you must move forward to this weekend.  All mistakes must be left in the past and the team must look to play great football against a team that is coming off a loss after being manhandled by Wisconsin.

KEY TWO: Defense Can’t Take Miami Lightly

The RedHawks last week posted only nine first downs with a negative three yards rushing and 160 yards passing with no touchdowns.  Defensive coordinator Steve Clinkscale must have his defense ready to put up a dominating performance against an offense that has yet to come together.

KEY THREE: Make Yager Stadium Home

It may be the RedHawks homecoming but there should be a heavy number of Bearcat fans sitting in Yager Stadium.  The quicker the Bearcats take over this game, the sooner it will be like playing a home game.

KEY FOUR: Build Future Confidence

Week one may have been a win but it was not a friend to the Bearcats.  While many younger players got a chance to get on the field, those expected to be the key starters and backups didn’t get enough reps together to build enough continuity.

KEY FIVE: Dominate Both Lines Of Scrimmage

The Bearcats need to show how much improvement they’ve made by dominating both lines of scrimmage.  Cincinnati has the advantage on both lines but must prove it by not allowing the RedHawks to get a push from the defensive line and put pressure on quarterback Drew Kummer.

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