STORY BY: JOSHUA TAYLOR
After another winning season, and the Cincinnati Bearcats are once again headed bowling, this time to the Hawaii Bowl.
“I congratulate the University of Cincinnati on their successful season and look forward to welcoming the Bearcats to the islands,” Hawai‘I Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin said. “Hawai’i, especially during the holiday season, will provide a once in a life time bowl experience for the student-athletes and their visiting fans.”
Tommy Tuberville and his staff have put together yet another incredible season for Bearcat fans, and look to keep the winning going against the San Diego State Aztecs (10-3) on December 24th.
"We are excited to play in the 2015 Hawai‘i Bowl," Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "It's one of the best bowls going. I've coached in a lot of them and unless you're playing for the National Championship, what better place to spend the holidays than Hawai‘i?
“It's a unique part of the world and our players will have an opportunity to see places they've never visited before. We worked awfully hard this year. It was an up and down year. We made a lot of mistakes, had a lot of close games. Anytime you go to a bowl game, it means you've had a successful year. This is a treat for everyone in our program and playing in the Hawai‘i Bowl will be a great sendoff to our seniors."
The Bearcats are headed to their 5th straight bowl appearance, a school record. The Aztecs are on their way to their 6th straight appearance. Both teams have their ups and downs
This will be both teams first ever appearance in the Hawaii Bowl, but not the first time the two teams have met on the field. The Bearcats and Aztecs have met once before, in 2007, with Cincinnati rolling 52-23.
The matchup is sure to produce a ton of excitement, two teams that are polar opposite. One is an offensive juggernaut, while the other relies on a strong defense. Cincinnati boast the number 5 offense in the country, and San Diego State brings in the number 5 defense in the country. Cincinnati averages 559.4 yards per game on offense, while San Diego State only allows 287.9 yard per game on defense.
This is a game where Cincinnati who doesn’t have as great of a record, can still come out on top. San Diego State plays in the Mountain West Conference, so when you take a closer look at their statistics they seem to be inflated due to lack of competition. The Bearcats on the other hand have played four teams who at one point in the season were ranked in the top 25 nationally, three of which still are.
The Hawaii Bowl is known for scoring, the winning team has scored 40 or more points nine times in the 13 year history of the bowl game. Cincinnati will try to make it 10 times as the Bearcats will being prepping for their matchup and yet another bowl season under head coach Tommy Tuberville.
Quotes provided by they University of Cincinnati Sports Information Department
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