When Miami takes on Tommy Tubberville and Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon, they will likely be with out their strong armed QB, Gunner Kiel.
But that is the the least of the Bearcats' problems.
If there is a defense in Division 1 that makes UM's D look somewhat respectable, it is Cincinnati. This is a team that looks historically bad on that side of the ball.
In case you are wondering, Tubberville and his DC Hank Hughes are also being questioned schematically.
Here are some numbers:
- The Bearcats are 123rd Nationally (2nd worst) in Rushing Defense allowing 255.3 yards per game.
- They also allow 37.3 points a contest, good for 114th.
- The best team they have faced so far, Ohio State, put up 710 (YES 710) yards against them, in a 50-28 defeat on 9/27.
- Their 561.8 yards a game allowed is also 2nd from the bottom in the country, with only Bowling Green surrendering more per contest.
- They are also the third worst team in College Football at stopping teams in 3rd down, ironically enough the 'Canes are third from bottom in converting them.
In the highlights of the glorified scrimmage below, the Bearcats make some plays on both sides of the ball. But some of the TDs they give up to the Buckeyes are comedic.
Last week Vs the Memphis Tigers (middle of the pack team offensively) they got roasted again, allowing 610 yards in a 41-14 beat down.
Long story short, if Brad Kaaya, Duke Johnson, Stacy Coley, Herb Waters, Clive Walford, and company can't put up some lopsided numbers this weekend, something is seriously wrong folks.
Even if Kiel defies the odds and suits up, and/or back-up Munchie Legaux has a big game, Miami should be able to outscore what has been a total sieve of a defense.