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article imageMichigan, UC rise to the occasion in U.S. college football

By Bennett Kaplan     Sep 23, 2009 in Sports
Through the first few weeks of the 2009 college football season, we have had many surprises. Among these, two have stood out in my mind. These are the success of the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati.
Both teams are 3-0, and UC is being predicted as a BCS, or even a national championship contender. Led by Senior QB Tony Pike, the Bearcats have been unstoppable offensively, even blowing out South Eastern Missouri State 70-3.
On many lists, Pike is listed as their 4th or 5th contender for the Heisman trophy, and on the season so far, has 923 yards passing, and 8 touchdowns, with a 70 per cent completion percentage and 2 rushing touchdowns.
UC showed their true skill last weekend, when they had their first real test. UC greatly outplayed Oregon State, in front of a hostile away crowd, winning 28-18. UC can go undefeated on their remaining schedule, as they face no legitimate contenders, and could quite easily repeat as Big East Champions
Over in the Big Ten, the Michigan Wolverines have surprised many, going 3-0 in their first three games, and their first top 25 ranking in two years.
Michigan’s high-powered offense has scored at least 30 points in every one of their games so far, and have been led by fearless freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, who has shown a supreme amount of confidence for a true freshman.
Through the first 3 games of the season, Forcier has thrown for 487 yards, and five touchdowns. Michigan’s key victory came in dramatic fashion against then ranked Notre dame. For the first time in 2 years, Michigan is ranked in the top 25, and if things continue going the way they are, Michigan will only climb higher in the polls.
Overall, Michigan and UC have both shown us that they can be legitimate contenders. The only question now is how far can they go
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