Miami (Ohio) RedHawks
Nippert Stadium (35,000/FieldTurf)
ESPN3.com — Dave Weekley and Warrick Dunn
WLW-AM 700 (flagship)
THE GAME • THE VICTORY BELL
Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio) compete annually for the Victory Bell, which commemorates the oldest nonconference rivalry in college football … The schools meet for the 115th time Saturday in a series that dates to 1888 … Miami holds a 59-48-7 series lead, though Cincinnati has won four straight … The Bearcats have also won the last four meetings in Cincinnati … The Bearcats got three rushing touchdowns and 103 yards from RB Jacob Ramsey in last year’s 37-13 win.
|This Weekend's Games
UConn @ Rutgers (7:30pm, ESPN) - PREVIEW
Syracuse @ USF (Noon, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Memphis @ Louisville (2pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
Pittsburgh @ Notre Dame (3:30pm, NBC) - PREVIEW
UNLV @ WVU(3:30pm, BIG EAST Network) - PREVIEW
Miami (OH) @ Cincinnati (7pm, ESPN3.com) - PREVIEW
Butch Jones (Ferris State ’90)
1-3, first season at Cincinnati
28-15, fourth season as collegiate head coach
Cincinnati opened the season with three games in a 12-day span, but the Bearcats should now be well-rested after playing just once since Sept. 16 … Cincinnati fell to 1-3 with a 31-29 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma at Paul Brown Stadium … Saturday’s game will be just the second game at Nippert Stadium this season … Cincinnati ranks last in the Bowl Subdivision in sacks allowed (4.5 per game) … Despite the pressure, QB Zach Collaros has completed 77 of 127 passes (60.6 percent) for 964 yards and nine touchdowns with just one interception, leading the BIG EAST in passing (241.0 yards per game) … RB Isaiah Pead has rushed for 205 yards and has been stopped for a loss just once in 31 carries … WR D.J. Woods has 24 receptions for 435 yards and four touchdowns and leads the BIG EAST in receptions (6.0 per game) and receiving yards (108.8 per game) … LB J.K. Schaffer is the BIG EAST leader in tackles at 11.2 per game … Schaffer has 45 stops in four games … DE Dan Giordano has a team-high 3.5 sacks.
MIAMI (Ohio) (3-2, 2-0 Mid-American)
Michael Haywood (Notre Dame ’86)
4-13, second season
The RedHawks picked up their third win of the season with last week’s 27-21 decision against Kent State … The three wins matches the combined total from the past two seasons as Miami went 2-10 in 2007 and 1-11 in 2008 … The RedHawks return 19 starters from last year’s team … The only losses on the ledger are a 34-12 setback at Florida and a 51-13 decision at Missouri … The RedHawks opened some eyes to start the season by holding Florida to 212 yards and forcing three turnovers in Gainesville … Miami is off to a 2-0 start in conference play for the first time since 2007 … QB Zac Dysert has thrown for 1,058 yards and five touchdowns with six interceptions … RB Thomas Merriweather has all four of Miami’s rushing touchdowns … Merriweather has split carries with RB Tracy Woods … WR Armand Robinson has 38 receptions for 410 yards and three touchdowns … LB Jerrell Wedge is the team leader in tackles (34), sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (6.0) … CB Dayonne Nunley and S Pat Hinkel have two interceptions each … LB C.J. Marck is a transfer from Connecticut who played in 10 games for the Huskies in 2008.