Cincinnati Bearcats Football: Season Can Still Be Salvaged with 2 Victories

Alex CallosCorrespondent INovember 20, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 17: Brendon Kay #11 of the Cincinnati Bearcats passes the ball against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the game at Nippert Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rutgers won 10-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Even though the Cincinnati Bearcats played their worst game of the season on the offensive side of the ball in a 10-3 home loss against Rutgers last Saturday, the season is not completely over.

This is the exact same position Cincinnati was in last season, and with two games remaining, the Bearcats still have an excellent chance to finish 9-3 and participate in a lucrative bowl game.

South Florida comes to town on Friday night. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and is also the home finale.

Cincinnati will say goodbye to a talented group of seniors, particularly on the defense. Without question, there will be a lot on the seniors' minds, but what will be at the forefront will be winning their final home game.

Victories over South Florida this week and Connecticut in the final game of the season along with a win in a bowl game and Cincinnati will post another 10-win season.

That would be the fifth 10-win season in the past six years, something which very few schools can claim.

For Cincinnati to be successful the rest of the way, it is going to need much better play from the quarterback position.

Munchie Legaux was the starter for most of the season, but fifth-year senior Brendon Kay stepped in two weeks ago.

While Kay was very impressive in his appearances leading up to the Rutgers game, he did not look good against the Scarlet Knights.

The status of Kay for Friday is up in the air due to an elbow injury. 

If he can not go, Legaux will likely step in. No matter who the quarterback is, Cincinnati is going to need to get more production from the running back position.

If that happens, two wins will be in order to end the regular season.