Cincinnati Football: Expectations for the Bearcats regular season opener against Eastern Kentucky

Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Dontay Corleone during game against Navy Midshipmen at Nippert Stadium. USA Today.
Cincinnati Bearcats defensive lineman Dontay Corleone during game against Navy Midshipmen at Nippert Stadium. USA Today. /
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Check out our expectations for the Bearcats regular season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, September 2 at Nippert Stadium!

Eastern Kentucky is coming off a 7-5 campaign that continued to show progress as the offense posted 36.2 points and 452.5 yards per game.

Led by star quarterback Parker McKinney and running back Braedon Sloan, the Colonels dynamic offense could create problems for Cincinnati.

McKinney set school records with 3,956 passing yards and 33 touchdowns last season en route to receiving Atlantic Sun Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

Cincinnati Football: Expectations for the Bearcats regular season opener against Eastern Kentucky

Even though it will be difficult to contain Eastern Kentucky’s offensive firepower, Cincinnati should be able to avoid costly mistakes and limit explosive plays.

Other players to watch in the upcoming matchup include senior linebacker Chase Lasater, plus wide receiver duo Cornelius McCoy and Jaden Smith.

Scott Satterfield’s coaching staff must make sure the entire team is energized and focused or Eastern Kentucky could make it a competitive game.

With the season opener quickly approaching, Cincinnati should be confident but can’t be complacent while preparing to face the Colonels.

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Scott Satterfield’s team will develop rivalries against high quality opponents within the Big 12, while reuniting with former rival West Virginia as well.

The Bearcats defense has been a formidable force for years but they will face new challenges in a conference that is known for its high-scoring offenses.

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