The Oklahoma Sooners come to Paul Brown Stadium to provide the Cincinnati Bearcats one last chance to pull out a marquee non-conference victory.
After failing miserably in two previous road contests at Fresno St. and NC State, Cincinnati has the advantage of playing at home in their final major test before conference play begins.
Oklahoma comes in ranked No. 8 in the country and the Bearcats are reeling.
So with all the injuries and poor offensive line play do the Bearcats really have a shot at knocking off one of the top teams in the country?
Quarterback Zach Collaros seems to think so. The Bearcat junior has lost more games as a starting quarterback this season than he did his entire high school career.
Collaros is the kind of kid who puts all the blame on himself. While it is obvious the offensive line is the main problem for the Bearcats on offense, Collaros is not ready to throw them under the bus.
With nine days to prepare, the offensive line has had a chance to get healthy and come up with a game plan to slow down the Oklahoma front.
For Collaros and the Bearcat offense to have a breakout game, the offensive line is the key. When he gets time to throw, the points will pile up much like they did the previous two seasons.
Oklahoma has not been tested this season on the road and a pro-Cincinnati crowd at Paul Brown Stadium will provide that.
Collaros and the entire team are sick of losing. This is not something this group is used to dealing with and certainly not anything they want to continue.
Oklahoma is a big test for a team that was clearly out-manned against Fresno St. and NC State. The Sooners are a step above both those squads.
But, the game is at home and, in college football, that is the ultimate equalizer.
Cincinnati is a big underdog, but they have been in this position before. A big win over the Sooners could go a long way toward turning the season around.
It would be a dream come true for Cincinnati and their hungry quarterback to take down one of the nation's elite teams.
Give Collaros a little time to throw and that dream may just come true.
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