Here at Bearcat Insider, we usually formally announce the importance of each Bearcat game with an "It's Game Day!" post on the message board. I've changed the tradition slightly by incorporating it in a short game day story. Changing tradition has been a touchy subject of late.
The two schools may be only a short drive from each other, but the two Cincinnati area schools have a very different look about their rosters. The Bearcats have in the neighborhood of 35 players from the Cincinnati area, but Miami has barely 10. Will the rivalry mean more to the team with more local ties? Or will the Miami coaching staff have an edge since they've all coached in this rivalry?
After an uncharacteristic losing season in 2006, Miami is hoping to return to its winning ways, but the Redhawks have already been hurt by the injury bug again this season. Running back Brandon Murphy is probably out of the game, and All-MAC linebacker Joey Hudson is also hurt and unlikely to play. If Hudson can't go, he'll be replaced by Chris Shula, the son of ex-Bengal head coach Dave Schula.
If you're a Bearcat fan, reports of Ben Mauk's arm being tender may be cause for concern, but Tony Pike or Dustin Grutza are capable replacements if Mauk can't go.
Coach Kelly took a lot of heat this week after commenting that he didn't really want to continue this series in Oxford. If the series were to be played in Cincinnati every year, it would actually be returning to the original tradition since games weren't played in Oxford until the early 70's. Plus, few Bearcat fans in attendance will forget the 1994 game when the Miami time keeper truly homered the Bearcats allowing the Redskins extra time to get into field goal range to tie the game.
Now it time for our traditional post: IT'S GAME DAY, BEARCAT FANS!!! Time for Bearcat fans to strap on the helmet, apply the eyeblack and DEFINITELY wear that cup because IT'S GAME DAY, and ANYTHING can happen on GAME DAY!!!
IT'S FINALLY GAME DAY!!!
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