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No fun in Florida, No. 18 USF dominates UC 33-3

It has been rough for the Cincinnati Bearcats the last three weeks, they went from 2-1 to 2-4 fast and Saturday they traveled down to Tampa, Florida to play AAC foe USF. Last week UCF came to Nippert and roughed up the Bearcats for three quarters (bad weather ended the game early). For the second week in a row they played a team that was ranked in the Top 25, USF came into the game No. 18 in the nation.

In the first quarter Cincinnati had a chance to provide early shock to USF, holding them to 2 field goals in the opening period. The defense did a great job doing the first period, but the offense was only able to muster up a field themselves in that first period. Kicker Ryan Jones missed a 39 yard field early in the second quarter that would’ve tied the game at 6, but after that USF went on to score 20 points before the half to have lead of 23-3.
In the first half if the offense could’ve taken advantage of the early opportunities they could’ve put some shock into a member of the Top 25, but when you let good teams off the hook they make you pay.

Cincinnati only allowed 402 total yards to a high-powered offense and you have to take in account that the offense didn’t score in the second half so that makes the total even more impressive in my humble opinion. This game you can see some positive in this team, but you also see they have a long way to go especially on offense. Cincinnati caught the bullet 33-3 on Saturday night.

USF moved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC, will Cincinnati moved to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the AAC. With five games left Cincinnati has to win 4 of 5 to become bowl eligible. Currently Cincinnati is the only team in the AAC without an in conference win, they had a tough slate of early in conference games (Navy, UCF and USF). They have SMU on Saturday for Homecoming, will they right the ship?

Managing Editor of Bearcat Insider, I’ve been on the BCI team the last couple of years. I made the final four in the Biggest Big East Fan contest in 2011, I covered UC also on Cincy on the Prowl. I’m just a lefty trying to get buckets in this game called life Van Exel style.

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