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Crimson and Cream Machine Coverage:

Talkin' OU/Cincinnati Football With Down The Drive
Results: Week Three C&C Tracking Poll
Previewing Cincinnati - The Bearcat Offense
Bob Stoops' Press Conference - Notes And Quotes
Weekly BCS Briefing: Week Three
A Look Back At The Last Time Oklahoma Played The Bearcats
Sooner Nation: Season 1, Episode 5 Replay
Sneak Peek At The Cincinnati Bearcats
Week Three College Football Roundup

Down The Drive Coverage - Cincinnati blog

Welcome to the mid-week links and info dump. The goal of these posts is to provide you with as much information I can find on the internet before I get tired of clipping out links and info. Hopefully you enjoy these, and you find some stuff that you haven't already read!

As there may be a ton of information next week in advance of the Red River Rivalry, I will probably opt to do several link and info posts. If you have any comments on the format or frequency of these posts, let me know in the comments section! More links after the jump.

OU vs. Cincinnati Stuff


Sooner Scouting Report for Cincinnati game | Official site
The two-time defending Big East champion, Cincinnati has gotten off to a tough 1-2 start under new head coach Butch Jones. Still, the Bearcats have plenty of firepower on offense led by a pair of seniors -- QB Zach Collaros and WR Armon Binns -- and plan to be a factor in the conference race once again.

Stoops assures us that Landry is going to be fine on the road | Tulsa World
Asked Monday about the discrepancy in Jones' quarterbacking in home versus road games last season, Stoops said: 'It's the support system around him. If guys around him don't play great, drop balls, don't protect him, no run game, those kinds of things ... I think it's fair to say our offensive production overall was different, not just Landry. One guy isn't going to get it done by himself.'

OU gets some cash for playing at Paul Brown Stadium:
UC will pay Oklahoma $300,000 to play the game here, essentially paying back the same guarantee the Bearcats received when they travelled to Norman in 2008.

Injury notes for Cincinnati and Oklahoma | NewsOK
OU linebacker Austin Box, who suffered a back injury in August, could return to the field by Oct. 16 for a game against Iowa State.

Video preview of Oklahoma vs. Cincinnati | CBS Sports

 

OU News and Notes


OU Student Section gets called out | Tulsa World
I wasn't the only one who noticed. Check out what David Ramsey wrote in the Colorado Springs Gazette: Air Force 'made thousands of Sooners fans who departed early look clueless and smug.' 

Norman Transcript article about Quinton Carter's work off the field:
The beautiful thing about being in a position to give back is in the eye of the beholder. Because Carter is in no better position than most of his teammates to make such a difference in other lives. But he has displayed the awareness to look around and consider the possibilities. And he has the passion to act on them.

Kenny Stills is settling into the college game | NewsOK
With less than three minutes to play on Saturday, OU faced third-and-3. If the Sooners didn't convert they would be forced to punt, giving an Air Force offense that had scored touchdowns its two previous possessions a chance to win. With the Falcons double-teaming Ryan Broyles, Stills took a couple of steps forward then cut hard left past the first-down marker. Wide open, Stills grabbed Jones' pass, ran another five yards and fell to the ground to prevent risking a turnover.

Ryan Broyles sets high expectations for himself | Tulsa World
This week, Broyles' career comes full-circle, sort of. After sitting out his entire freshman season (a suspension following his arrest for gasoline theft) and the first game of his redshirt freshman season (another suspension for undisclosed violation of team rules), Broyles busted out with seven catches for 141 yards against Cincinnati.

Jimmy Stevens gets another chance; thinks he didn't get a fair shake | SI
Honestly, I didn't kick the ball that bad last year. You guys kind of crucified me for missing two kicks,'' Stevens said. "But I feel like I kicked pretty well last year.

 

Cincinnati News and Notes


Brian Bennett recaps Cincinnati vs. NC State | ESPN.com
Where oh where has the offense gone? Take away the fourth quarter against NC State and the 28-point third quarter against Indiana State, and Cincinnati has scored just four touchdowns in its other 10 quarters this season.

The University of Cincinnati student paper pumps some sunshine:
The year can still easily be salvaged, and there are still plenty of reasons why Bearcat fans should not lose hope. At least not yet.

Newsflash - an underdog team says they are enjoying being the underdog:
Cincinnati linebacker JK Schaffer is looking on the bright side of his team's 1-2 start. 'Our team is not used to losing, but we are a team used to having a chip on our shoulder,' Schaffer said. 'This is making that even stronger now.'

 

Other College Football Notes


DART is planning for OU-Texas, one hopes they can do better than last year:
Changes to the Green Line, additional Red Line trains and more buses are set to accommodate the thousands of people going to the games. DART opened up the Green Line just before the fair began last year, but found that moving 5,800 people an hour wasn’t enough. Many people waited in long lines and some missed the Texas-OU opening kickoff because of delays.

Pac 12 will come about a year earlier than was expected | ESPN.com
Colorado has negotiated its escape from the Big 12 and will join Utah as the new members of the Pac-12 in 2011. It seems that all parties are happy with the endgame. Now the remaining issues ahead are all about a 12-team conference in 2011: 1. Revenue sharing; 2. Divisions; 3. A conference title game.

College football going international! | CBS Sports
Notre Dame and Navy have been facing each other on the gridiron every year since 1927 but in 2012 the two will be meeting for only the second time outside of the United States. The 2012 contest between the two teams, on September 1, will be played in Dublin, Ireland.

USA Today investigates student fees and college athletics:
Students were charged more than $795 million to support sports programs at 222 Division I public schools during the 2008-09 school year, according to an analysis of thousands of pages of financial documents. Adjusting for inflation, that's an 18% jump since 2005, making athletics funding at public schools a key force in the rapidly escalating cost of higher education.

David Ubben provides a ton of info from Dan Beebe's teleconference on Big 12 future | ESPN.com
I get asked this about every week in a chat or in my mailbag, so I'll reiterate it: The Big 12 is not considering expansion. That means you, TCU, Houston, BYU, Air Force, New Mexico and North Dakota State. Sorry. 'I'm reflecting my membership's desire, and it's my own feeling, too," Beebe said. "All that we hear from our membership institutions at meetings and individually is how excited they are with a 10-member conference.'

Some bowls may be in trouble for allegedly violating tax exempt status | AP
Opponents of how college football crowns its champion accused three of the nation's premier bowls of violating their tax-exempt status by paying excessive salaries and perks, providing "sweetheart loans" and doing undisclosed lobbying.

Joe Schad talks Pac-12 Title Game locations | ESPN.com
Glendale, Ariz., Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas are among sites being discussed as Pac-10 title game locations, sources said Wednesday.

Chris Chase at "Shutdown Corner" explains why icing the kicker fails:
...discovered that a kicker is more likely to make a last-minute kick after a timeout than if no timeout is called. In the last two minutes of games, NFL kickers converted 77.3 percent of field goals if no timeout was called beforehand. If play was stopped for a timeout, the conversion rate improves to 79.7 percent.