UC Football Squad Approaches National Opportunity

Six days.

That’s how many days separate September 10th and September 15th. Those Six Days are setting up to be the most important days this UC football program has seen in a long time, maybe since the days of Brian Kelly. The Bearcats play at Purdue on September 10th and at home against Houston on September 15th.

First, the Bearcats go on the road to play Purdue in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers handled Eastern Kentucky today, beating them 45-24. EKU was quarterback’d by former SEC darling, Maty Mauck (Mizzou). If that last name rings a bell, it should – he is former Bearcats QB Ben Mauck’s brother.

For whatever reason, wins against P5 teams are more highly valued and Purdue plays in the Big 10 Conference. With AAC foe Temple dropping its home opener to Army, the Bearcats need to distinguish themselves by beating non-AAC opponents. The Purdue game kicks at Noon on the Big 10 Network. So…

Purdue is first.

Today was a big, big day for the University of Houston Cougars as they defeated the University of Oklahoma Sooners by 10 points. The Sooners came into the game ranked 3rd in the nation while the Cougars were ranked 15th. The Cougars host powerhouse Lamar University next week before traveling to Nippert to face the Bearcats in a Thursday night game on September 15th in front of a national audience on ESPN. Houston’s win today will likely catapult them in the national rankings, maybe into the top ten. So…

Houston next.

A lot can happen in Six Days (God created the world, the Allies conquered the beaches of Normandy and secured entry into occupied France, etc.). If the Bearcats take care of business those Six Days, they have my permission to rest.

By Brian Fox