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College Football is Back

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Article by Jacob Geiser

It's that time again, football is back. College football began last Friday when the California Golden Bears beat the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors 51-31. Davis Webb debuted as the Cal started after transferring from Texas Tech. That game was played in Australia and kicked off my favorite time of the year. 

Cincinnati will begin its quest for a bounce back year this Thursday vs. Tennessee Martin at 7 P.M. The Bearcats had a disappointing year going 7-6 last year. After coaches staff departures, UC has some fresh legs on both the offensive side and defensive side of the ball. 

New OC Eric Taylor and the offense will try to show everyone about the new balanced offense. Under Eddie Gran, UC was more focused on the passing game compared to its running game. Gran didn't utilize Junior RB Mike Boone as much as some fans wanted. That should be different this year under Taylor. The QB competition was won by Sophomore QB Hayden Moore last week, beating out Freshmen Ross Trail and Senior Gunner Kiel. Tommy Tuberville says all 3 QB's will see the field in the season opener.  

Bearcats going all white on Thursday. Via @GoBearcatsFB
A big question mark on the offensive side of the ball will be the wide receivers. In years past, it has been a strength for the Bearcats. This season they will have to replace the following WR's: Shaq Washington, Chris Moore, Max Morrison, Johnny Holton, and Mekale McKay. Replacing your school receptions leader is tough. Nate Cole and Khalil Lewis are returning receivers who have the most experience coming into the season. UC will have the help of two high profile transfers in Avery Peterson; who is the brother of NFL corner Patrick Peterson, and Jamil Kamara. 

Defensively, the Bearcats have had a good offseason. Every tweet I saw was saying how much improvement was seen in them. Zach Edwards will head the secondary core. He was a bright spot in the defense last year, when there weren't many. Defense is going to be something that needs to be improved for the Bearcats this season. Last year it was a weak spot for the Bearcats giving up 30 plus points in 7 games last season. Hopefully it is better this year.

Sebastian Smith in the blackout uniform. Via Ohio Athletics
Moving up to my new home in Athens, the Bobcats take on Texas State at 3 P.M in Peden Stadium. The Bobcats will have a blackout for their game... against the Bobcats. That may get confusing for the announcers on TV. Freshman QB Greg Windham will get the go for OU. Ohio returns star running back A.J Ouellete and WR Sebastian Smith. The game will be their first ever meeting with Texas State. Following a W (hopefully) the Bobcats will travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks and then head to Nashville to take on Tennessee.