Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones is in his second season with the Bearcats after leading them to a 10 and 3 season last year and a win in the Liberty Bowl against Vanderbilt. The Bearcats finished the 2011 season ranked 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll, and while they won’t be the best team ever, they should be able to win at least nine games in the extremely weak Big East.
The Bearcats are led by Junior quarterback Munchie Legaux, who took over for Zach Collaros nine games into the season after Collaros who injured his ankle and had to have season ending surgery. While the Bearcats lost their leading rusher Isaiah Pead to the NFL, they return their two leading receivers and with Legaux’s ability to scramble, the Bearcat offense should be fairly decent.
How could you not put Cincinnati in your top 25 with a quarterback name Munchie Legaux?
Returning Starters:4 Offense / 7 Defense
Best games: Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, at Toledo, at Louisville, South Florida
2011 Total Offense: 61st
2011 Total Defense: 42nd
2011 Turnover margin: 9th
Championship odds: 80/1
Projected record: 9 – 3
24. Cincinnati, 25. Notre Dame