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Spring Preview 2010 - The New Cincy, Part 3
Temple RB Bernard Pierce
Temple RB Bernard Pierce
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Posted Apr 15, 2010


What teams could be this year's Cincinnati and shock the world and get into the BCS? Here's part three, the Pipe Dreamers. It's not going to happen, but ...


2010 Spring Preview - No. 9
 
This Year's Cincinnati, Part 3
 

The Next Cincinnati 
- Part One The Next Cincinnati. The teams to watch out for 
- Part Two The Big Names. The star programs that could be resurgent.  

By Pete Fiutak  

The Pipe Dreamers
It’s not going to happen, but it would be an all-timer of a story if it did.

Navy
Remember, the biggest factor in the ability to become an out-of-nowhere BCS team is the schedule. Navy might not be good enough to get through unscathed, but there isn’t one sure-thing loss to worry about. The three toughest games are likely going to be against Maryland, at Air Force, and Notre Dame … that’s nothing to get into a twist over.

There are tough battles ahead at East Carolina and Wake Forest, and SMU and Central Michigan could be rough home dates, but any team that could throttle Missouri like Navy did in last year’s Texas Bowl should be able to handle anyone on the 2010 slate. with a mere four bowl teams from last year to face.

The rushing attack that has been so amazing over the last several seasons should be even more dominant with QB Ricky Dobbs leading the way in what could be a second-straight record-setting season for the most touchdowns scored in a season by a quarterback. Seven starters are back on offense, and while there are tough losses to deal with on defense, most notably at linebacker with the graduation of Ross Pospisil making a wholesale change hurt that much worse, most of the top players in the secondary and on the front three are back.

Temple
N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-o, don’t spit-take your Fresca and leave for your Facebook page quite yet. Yes, this would be an all-timer of a story, and no, Temple really isn’t BCS worthy talent-wise across the board, but the lines really and truly are up-to-snuff, as is the offensive backfield, as are the special teams. Remember, last year’s team went 9-4 with a tough effort in a loss to UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl, and this year’s squad is far, far better.

RB Bernard Pierce is back to work behind a very big and very experienced offensive line, and the top three receivers are back to go along with star freshman prospect Deon Miller (who could’ve gone to several other places). On the other side, the defense should be the best in the MAC and it’s not even going to be close with a front seven loaded with all-stars including reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year, DE Adrian Robinson. The secondary isn’t great, but it might not have to be considering the front seven will be special.

Alright, so the fun and the dreaming ends on September 25th against a Penn State team that not only doesn’t lose to Temple, winning 26 straight in the series going back to 1950, but always wins in a blowout. However, this Nittany Lion team will be rebuilding, has a ton of holes, and will no doubt be looking ahead to a trip to Iowa the following week. Temple is Temple, and it can’t take anyone lightly, but it could be facing a three-game schedule with at Penn State, at Northern Illinois, and a home game against Connecticut the only challenges if the team plays up to its full capability. No, it’s not going to happen, but this might be a fun ride.

The Next Cincinnati 
- Part One The Next Cincinnati. The teams to watch out for 
- Part Two The Big Names. The star programs that could be resurgent.