2010 Week 5 Prediction

After the big game against Oklahoma, the Bearcats head into the 115th Battle for the Bell against Miami (OH).

As Cincinnati fans know the Miami (OH) program has fallen on hard times lately, going 3-21 over the past two seasons under former coach Shane Montgomery. The Redhawks have a new head man on the sidelines in Mike Haywood who is charged with trying to rebuild the once proud program.

Haywood spent the last four seasons at Notre Dame as offensive coordinator and has also worked at Texas and LSU. If the last four seasons at Notre Dame are any indication, it should mean that Haywood will be bringing a somewhat wide open passing game to Oxford.

Haywood returns talented quarterback Zac Dysert to run his offense in 2010. Dysert had a pretty good statistical year last season taking over the reins in the fourth game.

In his first game at quarterback, Dysert threw for 337 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the loss to Kent State. On the season Dysert completed 61.6 percent of his passes, threw for 2,614 yards with 12 touchdowns and 16 picks.

The Redhawks were forced to throw a lot last season due to getting into early holes in games, which should make for good practice for Haywood's offense.

Dysert has some of his favorite targets returning for the 2010 season in a pair of senior wide receivers. Armand Robinson is the leading returning receiver with 67 catches for 788 yards and two nine scores. The Redhawks also have Jamal Rodgers coming back who is the second leading receiver from a year ago.

To go along with the two senior receivers the Redhawks also bring in DeMarco Paine, a wide receiver from Iowa Central Community College.

The tri could provide a nice test for the UC secondary.

The Redhawks also return all five offensive linemen, two of which are sophomores, from a unit that allowed 58 sacks last season.

While Haywood brings back a lot of experience (19 total starters) and looks to upgrade the talent level for Miami, it won't be enough for the Redhawks to reclaim the Victory Bell in 2010. Cincinnati simply has too much on both sides of the ball to win this game handily.

Prediction: 35-14 UC. The Bearcats will lose this season, but this won't be one of the games.

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