With Cincinnati being the creme de la creme of the Big East for the past two years, and despite losing their coach to that one school up in South Bend the Bearcats are still standing strong.
The Bearcats had one of the top offenses in the nation last season and though they graduated their top performers in Tony Pike and Mardy Gilyard to the NFL there are plenty of ready backups who had solid playing time last year that have risen to the call.
For instance Zach Collaros filled in for an injured Tony Pike last season and his meaningful playing time and rapport with Aroldis Bends proved solid.
The Bearcats were looking at perfection but a loss to UCONN was a blemish that kept the 'Cats away from a possible National Championship run, but a Fiesta Bowl bid was very graciously accepted in Coach Jones' first season as the Head Coach.
The Fiesta Bowl hosted the Bearcats and the Cornhuskers of Nebraska in what seemed to be one of the more intriguing match-ups of the Bowl Season.
Cincinnati rides the momentum of their stud QB Zach Collaros and defeats the 'Huskers in a well fought game 24-17.