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Cincinnati Bearcats 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Cincinnati Bearcats 2016 Preview

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Tommy Tuberville and the big offense of the Cincinnati Bearcats look to make noise in 2016.

Overview: The Bearcats were fun to watch in 2015 with numerous close games but I’m sure the team would rather have wins instead of just being exciting.

Cincinnati Bearcats 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: New offensive coordinator Zac Taylor is hoping that Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel is healthy and less mistake prone for his no huddle attack and next on the wish list is finding receivers with the top six gone. Nate Cole paced Cincinnati with 19 catches a season ago but the team will give LSU transfer Avery Peterson and Virginia transfer Jamil Kamara long looks with Kahil Lewis and Tshumbi Johnson in the wide receiver mix. The Bearcats have a solid backfield with Tion Green and Mike Boone combining for nearly 1,500 yards with three starters back on the O-Line including a pair of All AAC performers.

Defense: Defensive coordinator Robert Prunty gets back almost everyone on the line so if experience is a plus, Cinci has it. The issue was the Bearcats could not stop the run but Cortez Broughton and Alex Pace and DE Mark Wilson might be the foundation to build around. Eric Wilson and Bryce Jenkinson led the Bearcats linebacking crew with a combined 6.5 TFL  while the unit gets back four of their top five altogether. The Cincinnati secondary gets back almost everybody with safeties Zach Edwards and Tyrell Gilbert combining for 18 passes defensed while corner Grant Coleman returns from injury. The bottom line for the secondary is for the  Cinci front seven to develop a pass rush.

Special Teams: The Bearcats return the big leg of punter Sam Geraci with his 46 yard average and placekicker Andrew Gantz who was 21-27 on field goals while Tion Green and Brayden Beard will handle the kick and punt return duties.

Outlook: Cincinnati has to eliminate mistakes of any kind and remain healthy to be a Bowl contender. The flipside is the Bearcats don’t accomplish any of the aforementioned and watch the postseason on TV.

Schedule:

9/1                 Tennessee-Martin

9/10               @ Purdue

9/15               Houston

9/24               Miami (OH)

10/1               South Florida

10/8               @ Connecticut

10/22             East Carolina

10/29             @ Temple

11/5               BYU

11/12             Central Florida

11/18             Memphis

11/25             @ Tulsa

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