No Mo for SEMO. Bearcats Offense Explodes, Defense Stifles!
Ok Cats Chat fans, The NeumannKy left promises unfulfilled after the step child like Bearcat beat down of the Scarlet Knights. I was actually out of town on a golf trip with some of the other Bearcat Tailgaters...needless to say, we jumped all over the celebration train after the big win and missed our early tee time on Tuesday...I know, life is rough. Enough rambling, let's talk Bearcats Football.
The NeumannKy boldly predicted to start the season that the CATS would NOT repeat as Big East champs...boy you guys are suckers if you really believed me. How can an undefeated team lose their conference? They can't! Boo ya!
After 2 games, what do we know about the offense? We know that they can FLAT OUT score more than Kobe Bryant in a Colorado resort & spa. Can anything other than a Bearcat blow out stop the TP to Mardy with a D connection? The NeumannKy would answer a resounding "NO"! Two games in and they're averaging 58.5 pts a game while giving up 9. While most teams around the country are using these warm up games against inferior nonconference opponents to warm their teams up for conference play, the Bearcats are lining up 5 wide on first and goal from the 6 and letting it rip! They find themselves already having jumped into the BE driver's seat with a HUGE road win against preseason darling, Rutgers. Have they peaked too early? Wouldn't it be scary if they only continued to get better? The Bearcats have so many explosive weapons in Tony, Mardy, Armon Binns, Ramsey (who looks much improved), Pead and DJ Woods, not to mention an O-line anchored by 2 of the best lineman in the conference, Kelce and Linkenbach. I'm interested in seeing how the team will respond to a good pass rush or an early deficit.
Afer 2 games what do we know about the defense? To be honest, not much. We know that they gave up a 10 minute drive in Rutgers first possession, then the CATS pushed a double digit lead to take Rutgers out of their game plan for the remainder of the game. Let's be honest, they played an inexperienced quarterback who hadn't been able to get a feel for the offense and his receiving corps that's missing two draft picks in Tiquan Underwood and Kenny Britt. We do know that SEMO was way way over matched and didn't pose much of a threat to the UC defense. The good news is, they look extremely fast and well prepared. What we come to expect from a Brian Kelly coached team. Big tests lie ahead against the ground attacks of Oregon State, WVU and Pitt. None of which I believe have the fire power to score enough points to beat the air assault of the Bearcats.
Next up, Oregon State. The NeumannKy says BRING IT ON. This is a statement game for the Bearcats and the conference they represent. I have no doubt that the CATS will be ready for the challenge. The Bearcats will carry the flag out west and bring back a top 15 ranking!
Sleep tight tonight Bearcats fans. May BKs winning swagger shine down upon all of you! Until next time. NeumannKy - OUT