This week the 6-1 Bearcats of Cincinnati are paddling
upstream in Viking longboats to meet the 2-4 Panthers of Pittsburgh. The Cats were scheduled to roll into
Can somebody tell me what all this jazz about the River City Rivalry
is? The only River City Rivalry
that I have any feelings for was played last Saturday! We already have the
Coach Dave Wannstedt's Pittsburgh Panthers have played
more like bubonic plagued Tabbies this season. Wannstedt has been less than spectacular
in his third season at the helm of his alma mater and because of that lack of
success; Wannstedt's Fan Club resembles that of Bill Callahan's at
Pitt's offense is centered around two freshman. RB LeSean McCoy is 21-st in the nation
in rushing. He has been compared to
Pitt and Dallas Cowboy great Tony Dorsett.
I know Tony Dorsett, ladies and gentlemen, and LeSean McCoy is no Tony
Dorsett. Pitt's offense is led by
QB Pat Bostick. Bostick has a sound
arm and is pretty savvy, but Bostick would make the late great Bo Diaz look like
an Olympic gold medal sprinter.
Bostick's lack of speed and mobility has Byrd, Craig and Hoke salivating
like Pit Bulls at a butcher shop.
That will leave Touchdown Tony Jr. to shoulder the load and TD Jr. will
quickly realize he is not up against the Midshipmen. This is not meant to be a knock on the
Pitt's defense has given up an average of 42 points a game in their last
three contests. Wannstedt's
defenses have been historically bad against the spread offense. The real problem for Pitt is that they
didn't play against the spread the past few weeks. Uh Oh Panthers!! Trust me; you will see a rejuvenated
Bearcat offense Saturday afternoon.
The Bearcats will set up the pass via the run and it will be good night
Irene for the bubonic plagued Tabbies.
Coach Wannstedt had his Achilles operated on this past Tuesday. The "Stache" has been conducting
practice from a golf cart and will probably be viewing the dismantling of his
Panthers from the pressbox.
Regardless, he'll probably be so hopped up on pain medication the game
will be a blur. It's a shame the
The early line has the Bearcats as 9.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 50.5.
9.5 points is an insult to the Ambassador. I fully expect the Bearcats to be up big by the end of the first half. 4 to 5 TD's big. The second half will allow Ben Mauk to rest that shoulder and allow Grutza and Pike to get some much needed reps. Go with the Bearcats BIG and go ahead and parlay that with over the total of 50.5. The Cats will get that number by themselves. Always remember, "Gamblin' money's got no home" and GO BEARCATS!!!!!
2-nd SIDEBAR: Don't forget about Sweetest Day. Give your loved one some sort of special something first thing in the morning (NOT a Dutch Oven, Tim Adams!), and you will be doing it ALL DAY LONG!!!!! (Watching football that is!!!)