Cincinnati will try to build on back-to-back 11 win seasons in 2020. The Bearcats finished 11-3 last season with two of their three losses to Memphis – the 2nd of those losses was in the AAC Championship Game. Cincinnati only returns four starters on offense and will be led by Junior Quarterback Desmond Ridder. Ridder will have his #1 target back in junior wide receiver Alex Pierce. Running Backs Gerrid Doaks and Jerome Ford will share the carries and will be running behind a revamped Offensive Line that returns three starters and adds Michigan transfer James Hudson. The Bearcats will need to be better on defense and should be thanks to the return of eight starters including three on the defensive line in Senior Elijah Ponder, and Juniors Jabari Taylor and Myjai Sanders. The Secondary is loaded with talent and returns all four starters and also gets Senior Safety James Wiggins back from injury. The Secondary could carry the defense in the early part of the season. Both Junior Kicker Cole Smith and Senior Punter James Smith have experience and will give the Bearcats solid special teams play. Can Cincinnati get over the hump in 2020 and win the AAC Championship? It won’t be easy and the schedule is difficult but the Bearcats have the ability to have another double digit win season and possibly go undefeated. Head Coach Luke Fickell enters Year 4 in the Queen City with the sky the limit. I predict the Bearcats to slip up only once in 2020 and finish 13-1.

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