The Cincinnati Bearcats are back to winning regularly again. That’s a good thing. But they’ll face their most difficult opponent in weeks this Saturday in the SMU Mustangs. Tuberville faced June Jones while he was at Texas Tech, going 1-0 against him their meeting in 2010. And he does have experience against spread offenses after facing them just about every week in the Big 12. But his players at Cincinnati haven’t, not at the frequency Tuberviille has anyways. It will be a new kind of challenge the Bearcats face this Saturday.
Before we begin it should be noted that Tuberville kept his presser to about 11 minutes today, a new record and a mark of pure efficiency.
- Mark Barr, who returned to campus today, will be working out with the team in due time but needs to focus on getting his life back to normal – such as eating solid food and walking to class. Time will tell if he’ll play football again.
- Having just two games in three weeks has been extremely beneficial to the team by way of getting players rested up for the home stretch.
- Kay and Bujnoch should be as close to 100% against SMU as they have been all season.
- The Mustangs pass the ball a lot. Like a lot, a lot. Like more than almost every team in the country. It will be a huge test on both the offense, that has pressure to keep up, and defense, for flat out stopping them.
- Tuberville wants to rush for about 150 yards per game. Their lack of production in this area against Memphis can be attributed to 1) the strong Tigers run defense and 2) Cincinnati’s overall strategy of focusing on the pass heading into the game.
- At least he’s addressing the fact that the team gets penalized way too much.
- By and large Tuberville has high praise for the seniors on the team helping transition the team to the new regime. You couldn’t say the same thing in Butch Jones’ first year.
- To slow down the spread-‘em-out, pass-it-all-over offense of SMU, Tuberville advises that all Cincinnati can do is tackle well. That sounds like a simple statement but at the end of the day preventing a short completion from becoming a big gain and feeding right into the offense’s gameplan starts with making the tackle on first contact. Another part of it is keeping guys fresh, so as Tuberville says the Bearcats will be subbing quite a bit on Saturday.