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On 12/27/2011 12:14 PM in NCAA Football


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Liberty Bowl
Vanderbilt vs. Cincinnati

Saturday, Dec. 31, 3:30 pm

The Cincinnati Bearcats seemed to have a vice grip on the Big East conference and its automatic BCS conference bid. Then, starting QB Zach Collaros went down with an ankle injury. They went 2-2 without him and ended the year 9-3. They will not play in the Orange Bowl as Big East co-champs, but instead the Liberty Bowl. The bright side is that Zach Collaros is back from surgery and very likely to start this game and that is big. The foe for the Bearcats will be Vanderbilt, who went 6-6 and will play in their home state of Tennessee. The Commodores experienced back to back 2-10 seasons before this year’s surge under first year coach James Franklin. The difference in the Butch Jones Bearcats versus the Brian Kelly Bearcats is that this team plays defense. They haven’t sacrificed offensive firepower though. Vanderbilt is a team that is much better than their record shows. Let’s consider that of their six losses, four of them were to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina. All of those teams would be double digit favorites against Cincinnati. They played Arkansas close, but lack a truly signature win. Their best victory was against 6-6 Wake Forest who really struggled in the latter half of the season.

This should be an entertaining game. For us, the outcome hinges on the play of Collaros. Can he come and and pick up where he left off? Or will he be rusty and timid as a result of the injury? We won't know until he actually plays the game, but we like the Bearcats with a healthy Collaros to go along with a good defense I have Cincinnati winning this game by almost a field goal and that means we have another money line dog. Grab the Bearcats and cash another Spooky winner.


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