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Cincinnati Football: Bearcats Look for Seventh Straight Win over Rival Miami

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Butch Jones of the Cincinnati Bearcats hugs receiver Damon Julia #16 after his team defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 27-24 at FedExField on September 29, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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Alex CallosCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2012

Tomorrow will mark the 117th meeting between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Miami Redhawks, and of course there is a lot at stake every time these two teams square off.

The Bearcats will be looking to win their seventh straight over Miami and will have a sell-out crowd at Nippert Stadium behind them on Saturday night.

Known as the "Battle for Victory Bell," this annual matchup dates all the way back to 1888 and is the oldest Division I rivalry in college football west of the Allegheny Mountains.

To say Cincinnati has dominated in recent years would be an understatement, as the Bearcats have outscored the Redhawks 225-56 over the last six meetings.

For sixth-year senior Drew Frey, it will be a chance for six wins over Miami, something nobody in the entire history of the series has been able to accomplish.

If Cincinnati is going to come out with a victory, they will need to slow down Miami quarterback Zac Dysert.

Dysert has passed for over 1,400 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in the first five games of the season.

He is coming off a 516-yard, six-touchdown passing performance last week against Massachusetts, along with 108 yards on the ground.

As one of the most prolific passers college football has to offer, the talented Cincinnati defense will have its hands full on Saturday.

The Bearcats have been doing it with a Top 20 defense, allowing less than 14 points a game.

They also have a solid offense to go along with it.

Senior running back George Winn has been carrying the load, averaging over six yards per carry with 318 yards in the Bearcats first three games.

Quarterback Munchie Legaux continues to improve every game and was very impressive in a win over Virginia Tech last weekend.

Even with a win over the Hokies, the Bearcats failed to climb into the AP poll, coming in at No. 26. A win on Saturday will almost certainly propel them into the Top 25.

As a team looking for some national recognition, the Bearcats can't afford to slip up against a team like Miami, particularly at home. 

After all, none of these players want to be responsible for the Victory Bell leaving Clifton for the first time since 2005.

If Cincinnati plays like it has been during the early part of the season, odds are the Victory Bell will be staying in the Queen City for many years to come.

 

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