Thursday is a great night to watch college football, so when ESPN broadcasts the Big East battle between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Pittsburgh Panthers, you can’t miss it.
As tough as their Week 1 loss was, the Panthers will be looking for redemption against the Bearcats on Cincinnati’s turf. On the other hand, this will be the first game of 2012 for Cincy.
Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing Thursday night, we have all the ways to make sure you don’t miss a second of this college-football action!
Where: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati
When: Thursday, September 6, at 8 p.m. EDT
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: Not Open, Spread: Not Open
Betting lines are not open for this matchup, but we will update as soon as that information becomes available.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
No injuries to report.
Juantez Hollins, OL, Out for season
While there is still hope for the Pitt Panthers in 2012, the Week 1 loss has really dampened the team’s confidence. Any hopes of breaking into the top 25 have been dashed unless the school finishes out the season on a major winning streak.
As for Cincinnati, they will need to prove that their offense can succeed under new quarterback Munchie Legaux before being taken seriously as a BCS contender.
If they play well, though, the Bearcats will be in the top-25 discussion before too long.
Cincinnati Player to Watch: Munchie Legaux, QB
In his first year as the team’s starting quarterback, athletic star Munchie Legaux is ready to prove that he is more than just speed and a huge frame (6’5”, 200 lbs) and that he can be a legitimate starting QB at the collegiate level.
As always, the Big East will be a fight throughout the year, but Cincinnati has the tough defense and stout offense to make a real impact in the conference.
If Legaux can play up to his potential, the Bearcats will be tough to beat.
Pittsburgh Player to Watch: Tino Sunseri, QB
While the team’s loss to relative unknown Youngstown State guts the confidence of the players and fanbase, the stellar play by Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri has fans believing in the cause.
Sunseri passed for 239 yards and a touchdown, but it was the Panthers defense that blew the chance for a win. If the Pitt senior can keep playing solid football and not turn the ball over, the Panthers could beat the Bearcats Thursday.
Prediction: Cincinnati 24, Pittsburgh 14
With turnover on both rosters, this will be a great test to see which one of these mid-tier teams could be elite and which will struggle. As great as these programs have been in the past, this is a new season, and both teams have serious questions that need to be answered.
The score is close in the prediction, but the Bearcats look to be the much stronger of the two programs right now. This will be their opening game, and we’ll know much more about them after this possible beatdown.
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