Even though expectations shouldn’t have been high heading into the Big 12 with a new coach, Cincinnati Bearcats fans didn’t expect it would be this dire.
Following a last-second loss to the conference rival UCF Knights, Scott Satterfield’s team has lost seven straight games and remains winless in Big 12 play.
It’s hard to believe this program was in the College Football Playoff just two years ago but a coaching and conference change are difficult to navigate.
The inaugural season under Satterfield has been a disappointment as Cincinnati hasn’t won a game in nearly two months with an 0-6 record in conference.
Cincinnati Football: Scott Satterfield’s inaugural season has been a huge disappointment
Despite coming up short again, Cincinnati continued to find success on the ground but it wasn’t enough to overcome several costly penalties and turnovers.
In the final minutes of the first quarter, the Bearcats gave back up quarterback Brady Lichtenberg the go-ahead to replace starting signal caller Emory Jones.
The Bearcats are scheduled to return to action at former AAC opponent Houston Cougars next week with a chance to snap the seven-game losing skid.
With an opportunity to go ahead late in the first half, Cincinnati wide receiver Xzavier Henderson fumbled the ball just moments after picking up a first down.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats remain winless in Big 12 play prior to upcoming road trips
Cincinnati should be able to keep it competitive next week but it certainly won’t be easy to secure the first Big 12 win in school history on the road at Houston.
In the postgame press conference on Saturday night, Satterfield detailed the disappointing loss to UCF and the recent losing skid via Bearcats Athletics.
"“When you do things right off the field then you’ll do it right on the field. It may take until January or February. It’s going to be a tough winter here because we’ll have to clean it up. No matter how good you are on the field, you can’t just go win games in this league. It’s just not happening. No matter who the teams are, you have to be a disciplined football team. You can’t beat yourself and we have done that so many times this year. I take ownership in that.”"