Okay, so I really didn’t want to delve into FCS against FBS teams for this matchup. I get both are Division I, but it’s still like comparing apples to oranges. The University of Cincinnati opens up their football season against Austin Peay of the FCS as this week’s Best Worst Game of the Week. Why did I pick this one? Well, it still has some intrigue.
Cincinnati is coming off of one of their worst seasons in recent memory, at 4-8, which lead to the dismissal of ex-coach Tommy Tuberville. Their offense took 3 or 4 steps back from the year prior, and things don’t look good from here. UC has yet to officially name a starting quarterback, and their most experienced wideout, Devin Gray, was dealing with an ankle injury in camp.
The Bearcats have replaced Tuberville with former Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, who will attempt to reenergize the fan base. While he already has his first win as a head coach under his belt (he went 6-6 as the Buckeyes’s interim coach in the wake of the Jim Tressel fiasco), he is in search of his first win at his new school.
Also in search of his first win at his school is Governors coach Will Healy. The only difference here is that Healy arrived at the Tennessee school last season. He’s currently sporting a record of 0-11, so there’s absolutely nowhere to go but up. Not that there’s such a thing as a good 0-11 season, but this one was especially bad.
Austin Peay had 32 total offensive touchdowns last season (16 passing, 16 rushing), for an average of about 23 points per game. On the other side of the ball, teams put up an average of 47 points per game against the Governors.
To me, the battle of two coaches in search of their first win is simply too good to pass up. The game is this Thursday night at 7 pm. You can stream it on ESPN 3 if you’re really in to bad football.
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