1. 2009 Cincinnati Bearcat Football Preview

    By my count five different teams have been picked to win the Big East Conference this year by various sources. People seem to think the Bearcats will finish anywhere from 1 to 5 in the league...

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  2. NCAA Tourney Opening Round Games I Am Looking Forward to

    Thursday8 LSU vs. 9 Butler (Greensboro, 12:20pm) I love how the NCAA committee gave no respect to the SEC...frankly, the SEC did not earn respect. I like this Butler team. They are young, but they have showed a lot of promise...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about over 5 years ago 168 reads 1 comments

  3. My Final Bracket Projection

    A couple of things of note as I unveil my final bracket projection before the committee announces the field of 65 at 6 pm. First I have Ohio State and Purdue slotted and the results of there game will have no outcome on my bracket...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about over 5 years ago 66 reads 0 comments

  4. Ranking the Bubble: Early Championship Week

    It is very difficult to predict what the NCAA Selection Committee will do, because their criteria seems to be very subjective. They do have a list of things they look at, but often to justify who gets in they stress different criteria...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about over 5 years ago 310 reads 1 comments

  5. Bubble Look: Cincinnati Vs. Kentucky

    I am still of the belief that Cincinnati makes the tournament if they can win their last two games and make the quarterfinals of the Big East (they'd have to likely beat DePaul and either Providence, Syracuse, or WVU to do that...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about over 5 years ago 142 reads 2 comments

  6. My First Analysis of the Bubble

    After Cincinnati get smoked yesterday I spent some time doing basic analysis of the bubble ( I don’t like getting too in depth until championship week). I wanted to see who we are competing with for bids...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about over 5 years ago 27 reads 0 comments

  7. Why the Cincinnati Bearcats Should Still Have NCAA Aspirations

    The Power of Positive Thinking There are 11 games left in the basketball season, and the Bearcats have officially matched their win total from last season...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about over 5 years ago 189 reads 2 comments

  8. Cincinnati Bearcats Close In On Possible Big East Title

    Premature shouts of BCS filled the air Saturday night in Morgantown, West Virginia. DeAngelo Smith had just intercepted Pat White on forth and goal from at the two yard line, giving the Bearcats the ball back with roughly three minutes left...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about over 5 years ago 565 reads 2 comments

  9. Can Any Team in College Football Run the Table? Texas Sits First in Top 25

    It has been a few weeks since I gave a top 25 write-up. Since that time there have been numerous upsets: We have seen USC, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Auburn, LSU, South Florida, and many other teams falter...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 932 reads 3 comments

  10. Why Is the Big East Still Lacking Respect?

    In the college football world, perception means far more than reality. As of this week, the Big East Conference is down to one ranked team in the Coaches' poll and two ranked teams in the AP poll...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 473 reads 5 comments

  11. A Cub Fan Refuses to Give Up Hope

    That was the second inning from hell. I guess the Cubs defense was only credited with two errors (I thought Theriot should have had one as well)...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 63 reads 0 comments

  12. How the Big East Will Play Out

    This has not exactly been a picture perfect season for the Big East Conference. Louisville started the year getting killed by Kentucky, Rutgers and Syracuse cannot beat anyone, Pitt ...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 92 reads 0 comments

  13. Miami Fans Break Down the Cincinnati Bearcats

    It could be a long time before the Miami Redhawks beat the Cincinnati Bearcats again. The Bearcats have now taken three straight from their one time bitter rivals, looking pretty dominant during the last two meeting...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 134 reads 0 comments

  14. Boise State Rides Back into Latest Top 25

    Bearcatmark’s Week Four Top 25 1. Oklahoma Their last non-conference loss at home was to...TCU. You can bet the Sooners will be ready for this game. The loss of DeMarcus Granger should not do much to derail the Oklahoma Sooners...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 519 reads 4 comments

  15. USC and Oklahoma a Step Above the Rest

    Bearcatmark’s week 3 top 25:1. Oklahoma- It is a tough debate: Oklahoma or USC. In the end I think Oklahoma has more playmakers on offense and a more proven quarterback (who is a sophomore…wow)...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 218 reads 0 comments

  16. The Big East Is Wide Open, Can the Bearcats Win It?

    It is hard not to be a little pessimistic after the shellacking the Bearcats received at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners. After all the Bearcats lost the game 52-26 and it took a late touchdown to make it that close...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 503 reads 1 comments

  17. Ben Mauk’s Wake

    I am borderline obsessed with David Simon’s “The Wire” which concluded this past year. One of my favorite all time scenes in “The Wire” involved a Policeman’s wake for Officer Ray Cole...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 390 reads 0 comments

  18. ACC Falls Hard, while Alabama, Utah and East Carolina Score Big Wins

    Bearcatmark’s Top 25 after the first Saturday of College Football:1. USC- USC was very impressive in dominating Virginia this weekend, not that Virginia is that great a team...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 190 reads 1 comments

  19. Scared Ohio State Buckeyes Pay Cincinnati Bearcats to Avoid Getting Hammered

    Here is how it happened: After Maurice Clarrett shared with the world the crazy cheating that goes on in Columbus, the NCAA searched for evidence...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 3,222 reads 10 comments

  20. SEC, Big 12 Well-Represented in College Football Preseason Top 25

    I have agreed to submit a top 25 ballot every week for NCAAbbs. With a desire for openness in mind, I am going to post my top 25 every week so I can get some feedback and scrutiny...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 425 reads 1 comments

  21. Ben Mauk Moves Out; Brett Favre Moves East

    (Bearcatmark tries to get you to the weekend)Thank You, Ben MaukAccording to 1530 homer, Ben Mauk has officially been denied his sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 406 reads 0 comments

  22. 2008 Big East Preview

    The last two years have been great for the Big East Conference. Two seasons ago Rutgers, WVU and Louisville all went late into the season unbeaten...

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  23. The Chad Johnson Chronicles

    As a Bengals fan, what defines Chad Johnson the most to me is consistency. Chad Johnson has been over the 1000 yard mark as a receiver for 6 straight seasons...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 513 reads 0 comments

  24. 2008 Big East Football Preview

    The last two years have been great for the Big East Conference. Two seasons ago Rutgers, WVU and Louisville all went late into the season unbeaten...

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  25. 2008 Bearcat Football Preview: An In Depth Look at What to Expect This Season

    2008 CincinnatiBearcat Preview The last two years the Cincinnati Bearcats have not been picked to finish very high in the Big East Conference. The 2006 Bearcats were picked near the bottom of the Big East conference by every major publication...

    Mark Raines Written by Mark Raines about almost 6 years ago 12 reads 3 comments