But while much has changed one thing has remained. Tony Pike is still in the program and instead of him holding a clipboard on the sidelines he's the "no-questions-ask" leader of this year's edition of the University of Cincinnati football team.
Pressing Question:Can Tony Pike have an even better season as a senior than he did last season in helping take the Bearcats to a BCS game?
Breakdown:Yes! Pike can have an even bigger year and the coaching staff fully expects him to not only lead the team on the field but also be one of the top signal callers in the country. If he stays healthy don't be surprised if Pike knocks on the door of some Bearcats records.
The Big If:What happens if Tony Pike goes down with an injury? This is the biggest fear Bearcat fans can have about the quarterback spot. Chazz Anderson, Zach Collaros, Brendon Kay and Demetrius Richardson are the names to fans will hear more about if Pike would go down. While Anderson and Collaros have the experience much is expected of Kay. While Richardson has great upside any appearance by him outside of a blowout insert would mean disaster has hit the Bearcats.
Our Call: Pike is fully healthy and the offense is looking bigger and better than ever. As long as the offensive line doesn't have major breakdowns no one should expect Pike to have more than the normal nicks and dings all college quarterbacks suffer during the season. While Tony Pike had to wait his turn he's making the most out of the opportunity and has the tools to lead the Bearcats to another Big East title and BCS performance.
Confidence Rating: A big number 9 with a healthy Tony Pike. But only a 5 if Pike is not in uniform leading the team.