When you think of college football in the state of Ohio in the past, you very rarely think of the University of Cincinnati. UC is known more for their basketball team, except lately.
You usually have to think of Ohio State when you think of football, because of the seven National Championships, seven Heisman Trophies, and number five all-time most successful program in college football.
Lately you couldn't put these programs in the same sentence because Ohio State were on a whole different level to UC, but head coach Brian Kelly had something to say about that as he continued to foster the mentality that Mark Dantonio left.
In Coach Kelly's first year at UC he won 10 games beating big teams like Oregon State, Rutgers, and Syracuse. He followed that up with 11-3 season and making it to a BCS Bowl.
Now already the Bearcats are undefeated and have a big shot at being undefeated and making it to another BCS Bowl if not the National Championship.
Ohio State have had big games already this season, barely losing to USC, and they have a very young and talented team that can heat up at any point this season. They are not out of the title race yet this season, and I can definitely see them making it to a BCS Bowl game.
Since these two teams don't play each other, the question is which one is the better team. Ohio State is ranked ninth in the country, but UC are right behind them and climbing.
I think that right now UC have a better coach in Brian Kelly. Jim Tressel is an amazing coach and he wins a lot of games, but what Kelly does with the amount of talent he has is amazing.
He took Tony Pike, a player who was sitting the bench and expected to sit the bench his whole career, and he turned him into one of the best quarterbacks in the nation.
He doesn't have all the five star recruits or the most top 100 players in the nation, but he makes the players he does have play with five star caliber.
When you look at the quarterback position I think Terrelle Pryor is a better athlete, but Tony Pike is a complete quarterback and he gets wins with his golden arm he has. I think that if the Bearcats win all their games because of this quarterback he deserves a Heisman.
At the wide receiver position the Bearcats definitely outweigh the Buckeyes with Marshawn Gilyard. He's been compared to former Buckeye Santonio Holmes, and that's a fair comparison because he can single-handedly change a game.
In the running game there is no question this goes to Ohio State. UC are a spread team that love to throw the ball. The way the Buckeyes ran the ball against Illinois was a great testament to how much talent is in the backfield for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes only threw the ball two times in the first half, and were up at the half 13-0 because of the running of Brandon Saine and Dan Herron.
Defensively the Bearcats have had a lot of great things going on, but Ohio State are one of the best in the nation and they showed that against USC.
Besides the last drive the Buckeyes were solid against an always talented USC team. They made freshman quarterback Matt Barkley beat them and the defensive line wore him out making him unable to play against Washington which could have been the reason for the upset.
They held a great Illinois offense under 100 yards rushing and Juice Williams didn't reach the 100 yard marker passing either.
The Buckeyes defense was criticized for the Navy game, but people who didn't watch that game didn't see how Navy ran their triple option out of the wishbone formation. It was not a good team to schedule for your first game of the season.
I think this would be a very exciting game to watch and they both have mismatches that would keep the game close, but in the end I think that the Buckeyes would win this game.
The Bearcats have a good defense but containing Terrelle Pryor isn't a walk in the park, and they have two really good backs that would test the run stopping ability of Cincy.
Ohio State have the best defensive line in the nation which would heap a lot of pressure on Tony Pike and I think that the secondary would be up to the task of containing Gilyard.
I think that the Bearcats will have the better season, because Ohio State have a few road blocks that the USC game created. If Cincy can run the table they will be in their second BCS Bowl. If they can't beat everyone on their pretty easy schedule then they don't deserve to play against the best.
These are two programs that we will hear more and more about because they have such young talent and they will be building up. Ohio State will of course watch the growth of Terrelle Pryor, and UC have plenty of talent to continue winning even after Gilyard and Pike graduate this season.