Friday, September 7, 2012

Meanwhile in a Swing State...

While College Football was under the radar on a particular Thursday night in September, the Cincinnati Bearcats weren't distracted. In their opener in the last Big East season as we know it, where a BCS bid will still ultimately be at stake, Cincy routed ACC-bound Pitt 34-10.

While RB George Winn made the lead of most stories with his 58-yard TD run on the Bearcats' first play from scrimmage, it's the Quarterback play that will eventually put them in the middle of the national discussion.

Meet Munchie.  Junior QB Benton Shannon "Munchie" Legaux was a big-time dual-threat recruit out of New Orleans, who filled in well for the injured Zach Collaros last season. Now it's his show.

Legaux, at 6'5" 199, is a bit unconventional with a long, loopy throwing motion. But he threw for 205 and 2 TD last night, and ran for 117 on top of that. And if you combine Butch Jones' system with Cincinnati's schedule, you could see Denard Robinson numbers by season's end (provided he stays healthy).

With West Virginia's exit for the Big 12, I only see two games the Bearcats won't be favored: Sept. 29 vs Virginia Tech (Fedex Field - Landover, MD) and October 26 at Louisville.

There are sneaky games like November 10 at Temple and home Nov. 23 vs South Florida, but the schedule sets up as nicely as any legit darkhorse could expect. If there wasn't enough to watch in Ohio this fall.

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