The Bearcats made sure the Keg of Nails remained on campus for at least another year with their 41-10 victory. The win marked the second victory in a row over a program Cincinnati use to look up to as inspiration for where they wanted to be. Now, the roles have reversed and it's the Bearcats the Cardinals are looking up at. Here are the Bearcat Insiders take on this monument victory.
Wonder if they have second thoughts?
Just a couple of years ago, a group of local high school products held offers from the Bearcats only to select the Cardinals. Darius Ashley (St. X), Stephon Ball (St. X), Josh Chichester (Lakota West), Zach Meagher (Glen Estes), C.J. Peake (Trotwood-Madison), Greg Scruggs (St. X) and Mark Wetterer (Anderson) all held scholarship offers from the Bearcats only to go down I-71 to the Cardinals. Now all of them are in a situation where a coaching change will soon be in front of them and no clear path to beat the Bearcats in their college careers.
One A Cardinal One A Bearcat?
As a backup quarterback for Louisville, Zach Stoudt had his father and brother at the game as guest of the University of Cincinnati. Stoudt may find a coaching change helpful in his career at Louisville, but his brother Cole Stoudt has his eyes on the Bearcats. Cole Stoudt is a member of the Class of 2011 and already holds an offer from Brian Kelly. If you think you might have heard of the name Stoudt before, it because both boys are the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Cliff Stoudt who earned a pair of Super Bowl rings (1978/1979). Cliff has really been checking out what Brian Kelly has been doing at Cincinnati.
Cardinals Need A Change
Steve Kragthorpe may be a great guy, but his football teams have not kept up the tradition that was being built just a few years ago in Louisville. With the loss at Cincinnati the Cardinals under Kragthorpe are now 13-18. Keep in mind the mark really wasn’t much better at Tulsa where in four seasons he posted a 29-22 record. Has Kragthorpe lost his team? From what I saw early in the game it’s headed in that direction and will soon surface in greater detail with games against West Virginia, South Florida and Rutgers still ahead.
Another Head Coaching Change
The Big East could also see a coaching change in South Florida if the Bulls continue to play the way they’ve played the past several years. Each year Jim Leavitt gets his team off to a great start only to see it fall apart. While some rumors have Louisville looking to go after Jon Gruden, it makes perfect sense the Bulls would have a better chance to signing the former NFL Head Coach since he already lives in Tampa.
Starting Quarterbacks Under Kelly
Since taking over at Cincinnati, Brian Kelly has started the following quarterbacks. Nick Davila (Western Michigan), Ben Mauk (Southeast Missouri State), Dustin Grutza (Miami), Tony Pike (Miami), Chazz Anderson (Marshall) and now Zach Collaros (Louisville).
Gilyard & The Wizard
Mardy Gilyard’s 31-yard touchdown reception on Saturday gave him 22 career touchdown receptions tying him with former teammate Dominick “The Wizard” Goodman at the top of the list in UC history. Look for Mardy to pass Goodman next week against Syracuse.
Quarterback Or System?
The question is often asked if the success of Cincinnati quarterbacks are the sign of quality signal callers or the system Brian Kelly uses. The truth is the system Brian Kelly uses is the biggest reason for each quarterbacks success. Now don’t take this the wrong way. I say it’s the system because Kelly doesn’t try and push a square peg into a round hole and makes changes in his game plans to best suite each quarterback. Look at Saturday’s stats. The Bearcats played three quarterbacks who threw the football and finished the day at 19-23 with Collaros missing on two passes and Anderson missing on one. Brendon Kay went 1-1.
Revels Is The Leader
Too slow, not athletic enough, and on it goes about Andre Revels since his senior season at Colerain High School. So what does Revels do? He wins and makes tackles. Saturday he posted a team high 11 total tackles and now has 60 total tackles on the season putting him fifth in the Big East.
Not Enough Fans In The Seats
Saturday’s game against Louisville saw a record crowd. But still for the season the Bearcats only average 32,810 fans a game after three home games putting them last in the Big East Conference. Even Louisville with its terrible record is getting 38,853 fans per game after the same number of home games. The conference leader is West Virginia with 57,952 per game after five home dates.
Big East Stat Rankings
Where are the Bearcats in the Big East Rankings?
Big East Award Winners
Since week one the Bearcats football team has had three players earn Player of the Week honors. Tony Pike picked it up against Rutgers and Mardy Gilyard earned special teams honors in week two against SEMO while picking it up offensive honors against Fresno State. Jake Rogers earned special teams honors for South Florida. No defensive players have earned honors while Connecticut, Pittsburgh and USF have each seen multiple players earn honors.
How Many Big East Champs Undefeated
Since 1991 the Big East Conference has crowned a champion. In 18 years 9 teams have won or shared the Big East crown. How many have gone undefeated in that time? Nine teams have gone undefeated with West Virginia being the last team going 7-0 in conference play during the 2005 season. During this time the conference has seen multiple winners four times.