Fearless Picks - Cincinnati

Our band of pickers swept the board last week, and are looking to do the same with this week's selections.

PICKER COMMENTS SCORE
Cam
Huffman

Last Wk: W
Season 1-1

This Bearcat squad is a solid team that came within an eyelash of defeating both West Virginia and eventual national champion Ohio State a year ago. The ‘Cats have lost a great deal, but there is some talent filling those spots. This game will stay close early, but the Mountaineers will pull away as the game goes on. Cincinnati will start off stacking the box, and Rasheed will give the home fans a chance to see just how well he can throw the football. The Mountaineer defense will shut down the run and force Gino Guidugli to beat them with his arm. Guidugli is capable of making them pay, but this experienced WVU secondary is much better than people realize. It certainly will not be a shutout, but the Bearcats' offensive production will be limited. Cincy is surely not a pushover, but the Mountaineers are for real. Even a Bob Huggins tirade will not be enough to keep Cincinnati in this one. WVU
34-20
Bill
Gleason

Last Wk: W
Season 2-0

West Virginia has been quietly gaining confidence over the last two weeks. Rasheed Marshall, Quincy Wilson and Chris Henry have been stealing all the media attention, but the defense has quietly shut down their opponents from scoring a touchdown before the fourth quarter in both games. Cincinnati, however, has been talking smack in the papers and on their radio shows. UC has a good quarterback, who gives them the confidence that they are in every game until the end. This won't be one of those days. Henry will stretch the Bearcat defense, and the undersized UC defensive line and linebackers find out why Quincy and KJ and Jason and Erick and Hikee are chomping at the bit to run in this offense. WVU
44-21
Andy
Easton

Last Wk: W
Season 1-1

In years past a matchup in Morgantown against the Cincinnati Bearcats would mean certain victory. After all WVU has never lost to the Bearcats over a 12 game span, but these aren't your daddy's Bearcats. Over the past 10 years head Coach Rick Minter has built Cincinnati into a solid football program and a perennial Conference USA power. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, Rich Rodriguez has the Mountaineer troops headed in the right direction after a blowout victory last week. Quincy Wilson finds paydirt twice and leads WVU to a win. WVU
34-20
Jeff
Good

Last Wk: W
Season 2-0

WVU comes home after a relatively easy road game. Team appears healthy and ready to go. I look for Rasheed Marshall to continue to progress in the passing game and open things up for Quincy and Co. to run the ball and control time of possession. I'm not sold on the Bearcat defense or offense on the road. WVU is 11-0-1 all-time against the Bearcats and should get victory number twelve in the series this weekend. Take the 7 points. WVU
38-21
The
Mighty
MJD

Last Wk: W
Season 1-1

It's really cute when the upstart underdog team from CUSA comes within a field goal post of taking down a big, bad Big East team, but at a certain point, everyone needs to be reminded that they are still Cincinnati, and we are still West Virginia. The Mountaineers are looking to prove something this week. WVU
38-6
Greg
Hunter

Last Wk: W
Season 2-0

Since new Mountaineer Field opened in 1980, WVU has lost just twice at home to non-BCS schools – Louisville (9-7) in 1990 and Navy (31-28) in 1999. Not so incidentally, WVU was 4-7 in both those seasons. UC will not be a walk over for West Virginia, but quite simply, if WVU wants to be successful this season, it must win. WVU
31-24

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