Tony Pike has shown he really has an understanding of what Brian Kelly is wanting and has the Bearcats offense in high gear. So far Pike has hit on over 66% of his passes (116-174-3) with 1,493 yards and 13 touchdowns. If Pike can keep his current pace he'll pass for over 3,500 yards and over 30 touchdowns. The road is filled with tough opponents in the weeks ahead and we should learn early just were Pike and the Bearcats offense stands in the tough Big East.
The loss of John Goebel before the season even got started hurt the Bearcats offense from having all of its weapons on the field. Goebel is a hard-nosed running back with the ability to get hard yards on the ground while also being able to come out of the backfield and create mismatches for defenders with his ability to catch the football.
The biggest complaint has to be the defense giving up the short passing game like they did against Fresno State and again with Miami. While the 3-4 scheme has shown to be a very good choice by Brian Kelly as it bends but doesn't break, at some point you have to fear someone will take advantage of the defense and post a loss on the Bearcats. This has to be shored up by the defensive coaches during the week off.
Defense: Bearcat Insider was confident J.K. Schaffer would have a great career as a Bearcat, but to be one of the team's top defenders so early makes Schaffer the biggest surprise after five games. Other players also made this a hard choice as Demetrius Jones, Walt Stewart and Dan Giordano have each come up big during the first five games of the season.
Offense: While Armon Binns has played in plenty of games since coming to UC, it's been this year that the California native has really taken the next step in showing his overall skills. Having to fill the shoes of one of the top Bearcats of all-time Dominick Goodman, we really didn't know if Binns was capable of getting the job done. With 22 catches for 279 yards Binns is showing the improvement needed to be more of a threat as the season continues.
Offensive MVP: Tony Pike
Defensive MVP: Andre Revels