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How Many NCAA Bids Will the AAC Get in 2022?

How Many NCAA Bids Will the AAC Get in 2022?

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ The AAC boasts arguably its best field in conference history this season. The 2021-2022 AAC Men’s Basketball league boasts at least six teams that can legitimately be considered contenders for an NCAA Tournament. The Houston Cougars coming off a trip to the NCAA Tournament with most of its key components (with the notable exception of Quinton Grimes) returning. Penny Hardaway’s Memphis Tigers return their top two scorers while boasting super recruit Jalen Duren, Wichita State returns conference co-player of the year Tyson Etienne and a...
Oct 23, 2021
Desmond Ridder, Bearcats Stave Off Navy Comeback Bid

Desmond Ridder, Bearcats Stave Off Navy Comeback Bid

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — The Cincinnati Bearcats encountered a dogfight at the hands of Navy’s run heavy offense in Saturday’s 27-20 victory. Traversing the way for the Midshipmen (1-6, 1-4 American Athletic Conference) was quarterback Tai Lavatai, who rushed 21 times for a pair of touchdowns despite minimal success in the air attack. Lavatai entered Saturday at the helm little passing experience, coming off his first four games with only 10 successful throws on the season. He and Navy still found themselves with an early 10-7...
Oct 22, 2021
Assessing Cincinnati’s Non-Conference Men’s Basketball Slate

Assessing Cincinnati’s Non-Conference Men’s Basketball Slate

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via The Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball program has a diverse non-conference slate in the fall semester of 2021. Cincinnati faces off with a number of legitimately strong major conference opponents including arch rival Xavier, Georgia, and Illinois as well as a number of less heralded teams from weaker conferences. Cincinnati also spends most of the early season either at home or very close to home. Cincinnati’s longest trip is a tournament weekend in Kansas City. Let’s take a first look at the Bearcats’ non-conference...
Oct 22, 2021
Cincinnati Bearcats vs Navy Midshipmen: How to Watch, Listen, and Stream

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Navy Midshipmen: How to Watch, Listen, and Stream

Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal / USA TODAY NETWORK Overview The Cincinnati Bearcats and Navy Midshipmen are set to face off this weekend at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, in Annapolis, Maryland, at 12:00 ET on Saturday. Cincinnati enters this week at their highest ranking ever — No. 2 — in light of dealing Gus Malzahn and the 3-3 UCF Knights a critical blow thanks to a 35-point beatdown. The action was highlighted by the heroics of Alabama transfer Jerome Ford, who rushed for four touchdowns in the game’s first half. Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, October...
Oct 21, 2021
Bearcats Men’s Basketball Will Surprise in 2021-2022

Bearcats Men’s Basketball Will Surprise in 2021-2022

Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Forget about last winter. Forget that the AAC has emerged as genuinely strong basketball league. The Cincinnati Bearcats men’s basketball team is going to have an excellent season in 2021-2022. They will be headed back to the NCAA Tournament. New head coach Wes Miller is poised to bring the winning culture he cultivated at UNC-Greensboro over the past decade as well as a pedigree rooted in Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tarheels basketball program. Some of the players that made Miller a winner in Greensboro have also made...
Oct 20, 2021
Fickell Takes Challenge of Navy Very Seriously

Fickell Takes Challenge of Navy Very Seriously

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via In a wide-ranging weekly presser, Cincinnati Bearcats coach Luke Fickell reviewed the fantastic win last Saturday against UCF and previewed Cincinnati’s Saturday contest with the Navy Midshipmen. Despite Navy’s struggles thus far in 2021, Fickell emphasized the many strengths of the Navy team, including their excellent coaching, strong preparation, and mental toughness. Check out Coach Fickell’s comments below in the YouTube video. In a wide-ranging weekly presser, Cincinnati Bearcats coach Luke Fickell reviewed the...
Oct 19, 2021
Cincinnati Bearcats Opponent Preview: Navy

Cincinnati Bearcats Opponent Preview: Navy

Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via It seemed like a rare down season in 2020 for the Navy Midshipmen. The team from Annapolis finished 3-7 and it was just the program’s second losing season under head coach Ken Niumatalolo. 2020 seems to have been less an aberration than a trend. The Midshipmen enter their contest with Cincinnati with a 1-5 mark, though the club has been playing, at least, more competitively of late. In league play, Navy scored an upset win over UCF and hung in there with Houston, SMU, and Memphis in recent weeks. Navy averages better than 200...
Oct 18, 2021
Let’s Hope for a Repeat of the 2018 Navy Game

Let’s Hope for a Repeat of the 2018 Navy Game

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Cincinnati’s history versus Navy is a short one and not a particularly good one. The Navy Midshipmen and Cincinnati Bearcats have played on just four occasions. Navy has won 3 of them. Cincinnati’s lone win came in their most recent meeting, a 42-0 Cincinnati beatdown of the Midshipmen. That November 3, 2018 contest at Nippert Stadium couldn’t have gone much better for Cincinnati. 36,318 fans looked on as Cincinnati outgained Navy 451-171. Four different Bearcats backs gained at least 40 yards (Charles McClelland, Michael...
Oct 17, 2021
Look Who’s Number 2?

Look Who’s Number 2?

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via As of this moment, your Cincinnati Bearcats are number 2 in the AP College Football Poll. That is all. More tomorrow. Thank you all for your support for the Bearcats and for Down the Drive.
Oct 16, 2021
Jerome Ford, Bearcats Run Up the Score on UCF

Jerome Ford, Bearcats Run Up the Score on UCF

Albert Cesare / The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK CINCINNATI, OHIO — The result seemed destined to be from Central Florida’s first punt of a game. A Bearcat tip of the ball from the return unit, followed by a favorable bounce that went out at the UCF 38. Quarterback Desmond Ridder and company then marched inside their adversary’s ten, and what commenced was an opening drive touchdown from the ever-reliable power back Jerome Ford. Ford produced three more TD’s alongside a total of 189 yards on the day, bulking up his team’s damage in the first half. Among them...
Oct 15, 2021
Cincinnati Bearcats vs UCF Knights: How to Watch, Listen, and Stream

Cincinnati Bearcats vs UCF Knights: How to Watch, Listen, and Stream

Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to Down the Drive’s shortened preview of this weekend’s Cincinnati Bearcats Saturday gameday. If you’re a Bearcat fan, my condolences, you’ve been dealt with yet another all important matchup this Saturday. No, I’m not talking about SMU (or Houston or Memphis for that matter). Rather, your friendly ole’ UCF. A team that, by many standards, qualifies as Cinci’s most intimidating rival within the AAC. (OK, maybe intimidating isn’t the best word to use for this year’s UCF team, but they are still a team that needs to...
Oct 14, 2021
Fickell and Ridder Show Great Respect for UCF

Fickell and Ridder Show Great Respect for UCF

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell and Heisman Trophy candidate Desmond Ridder both address the press yesterday at their weekly gathering. Both coach and player displayed significant respect for UCF, a club that is just a couple of plays away from being 5-0. Expect a genuine battle on Saturday. Check out their full comments below: I’ve got the same sense about this game as Coach Fickell and Desmond Ridder. At the beginning of the season, I thought the Cincinnati-University of Central Florida game had the makings of a College Gameday...
Oct 13, 2021
UCF is Not to Be Taken Lightly

UCF is Not to Be Taken Lightly

Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via At the beginning of the season, I thought the Cincinnati-UCF game had the makings of a College Gameday setting. Two 5-0 AAC clubs, both ranked, fighting it out on national TV. The national TV part is happening. Cincinnati and UCF will be facing off at high noon at Nippert on ABC. But with UCF at 3-2, ESPN went with Georgia as the home of Gameday this Saturday. While UCF has two losses, while their fantastic starting quarterback Dillon Gabriel is done for the forseeable future, while UCF may have as many as a dozen regulars...
Oct 13, 2021
A Brief History of Cincinnati versus UCF Football

A Brief History of Cincinnati versus UCF Football

Joshua C. Cruey\Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Our Cincinnati Bearcats have played the UCF Knights on six occasions. We have faced off with our perennially excellent rivals from Orlando for six consecutive campaigns. All six meetings have been league contests. They have faced off as AAC conference foes in each of the last five years. The series is currently tied at 3-3. Your Cincinnati Bearcats have won the last two meetings. These have hardly been runaways though. In 2019, the Bearcats hung on for a 27-24 home victory against the highly-touted UCF...
Oct 12, 2021
Bearcats Climb to No. 3 in Latest AP Poll

Bearcats Climb to No. 3 in Latest AP Poll

Photo by Dylan Buell/ A 52-3 triumph over Temple. A No. 3 vs. No. 4 matchup evening matchup. A primetime game that saw Alabama lose at the hands of unranked Texas A&M on a game-winning field goal. No, this past weekend was not the greatest in Cincinnati Bearcats football history. Yes, it was certainly up there. Cincinnati Reaches No. 3 in AP Poll The Cincinnati Bearcats moved to their highest ranking in the program’s tenure — No. 3 — thanks to an unprecedented weekend of college football. Friday started off with a blowout win in what an assortment of pundits...