While major league baseball is winding down with the NFL still a week away from opening it’s regular-season, college football is kicking-off this week, and the Cincinnati Bearcats will once again look to not only fight their way into a bowl game, but also contend for a conference title.
Cincinnati has won four conference championships in the last five years, and the inaugural American Athletic season will be a two-horse race between the Bearcats and Louisville. The Cardinals are the AAC favorites, but Cincinnati will host the Cards in a Friday night showdown to end the regular season that could be for all the marbles.
The Bearcats are welcoming a new head coach in Tommy Tuberville this year, and he knows what ti takes to win big after coaching stints at both Auburn and Texas Tech. At both stops, he scored victories over top-ranked opponents, and has a 130-77 career record. He was even named the 2004 recipient of the Walter Camp and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year awards after Auburn’s 13–0 season, in which his team won the SEC title and the Sugar Bowl, but was left out of the BCS National Championship Game.
Oh, and he is the only coach in Auburn football history to beat the in-state rival Alabama Crimson Tide six consecutive times, but after the 2008 season, with a 5–7 record and a final 36–0 loss to Alabama, he resigned from Auburn, though most believe he was forcefully removed.