CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals pumps up the crowd before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Don't sleep on the Bengals. They are for real.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) December 9, 2013
When it comes to knocking off Broncos, Bengals better suited than Patriots
The Sporting News
The Bengals have the run defense to contain the Broncos, and the pressure package to get to Peyton Manning, much bigger assets than what New England and Indianapolis have to offer in that matchup when there’s more on the line on the road.
Current playoff picture: 3 Bengals hosting 6 Ravens
Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com: Time for the offensive line to take a bow. They had their third straight game without a sack, rolled up 4.4 yards per rush on 38 carries on Sunday and left tackle Anthony Collins helped blank a star rusher for the third time in his third start of the season as Andrew Whitworth moved to left guard.
Joe Reedy, Enquirer: Andy Dalton just might be the Billy Joel of NFL quarterbacks. As we have seen during his two-plus seasons in Cincinnati no one go to extremes as much as he does.
Paul Dehner Jr, Enquirer: Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense of October returned with the first home game of December. With Good Andy in tow Cincinnati amassed its most impressive offensive output in nearly a month throwing and running all over the Colts.
Peter King, SI: 7. Cincinnati (9-4). Tough call, where to put the Bengals right now. This is probably the best Cincinnati team since the Boomer Esiason days. Andy Dalton, with three games to go, is 25-16 in the touchdown-to-interception ratio; last year he was 27-16 for the season. The difference? He should throw for 4,000 yards this year for the first time, thanks to Marvin Jones giving him a legitimate second option at receiver.
Jeff Triplette explains review of BJGE TD
Kevin Goheen, Fox Sports Ohio: Winning this division isn’t enough. There has to be an attitude that comes with the winning that will propel them to a deep postseason run. The Bengals seem to have it.
Joe Kay, AP: A disputed call went the Bengals' way — not that they absolutely needed it. Getting Andy Dalton back in form was quite enough.
Coley Harvey, ESPN: What it means: The Bengals are finally showing the football world that they are who many of us in the preseason thought they would be. Now that the end of regular season is almost here, the Bengals are preparing for a postseason run by flexing their muscles against teams they have to beat. Following last week's seven-point win on the road at San Diego, this weekend's dismantling of a division leader proves that they ought to be taken seriously during the postseason.
Holiday Hoops Challenge
Boys’ basketball teams from the Greater Miami Conference and the Greater Western Ohio Conference will play eight games in the first Holiday Hoops Challenge between the two leagues on Saturday Dec. 28, 2013. Four games will be played at both Fairfield High School and Kettering Fairmont High School.
Tickets are the same price as any other single GMC game during the season, $6 for adults and $4 for students. Take advantage of the good deal and support your own school plus other conference schools.
The event will continue in December, 2014. Boy’s teams will play on Saturday, December 27 and girl’s will be added to the event, playing games on Tuesday, December 30.
The boy’s schedule for this year is:
Lakota West vs Wayne 3:00
Hamilton vs Springfield 4:30
Oak Hills vs Miamisburg 6:00
Fairfield vs Beavercreek 7:30
At Kettering Fairmont
Sycamore vs Lebanon 12:30
Colerain vs Fairmont 2:15
Mason vs Centerville 5:45
Princeton vs Trotwood-Madison 7:30
*There is a 4 PM game between two GWOC teams.
No winner in this week's contest.
Giovani Bernard had 148 total yards of offense vs the Colts.
We will roll the contest over to next week and Meijer will add another $100.
Next contest will be posted soon.
-Winner must pick the EXACT number of yards.
-Post your entry below in comment section below.
-One entry per person. In the case of multiple posts by an individual, ALL picks by individual will be disregarded.
-Include a tie-breaker to your prediction: How many points will Bengals score vs Colts?
(Winner: Closest without going over/or closer than other person)
-Deadline: Sunday, December 8, noon (eastern)
Rollover: If we don't have a winner, the contest will rollover to the following week and Meijer will add ANOTHER $100 to the pot.
-Winner will be notified through their post in the comment section below. Winner will have until Monday, December 9 to claim prize.
Big thanks to the Meijer Team Gear Department, the place to get your Reds, Bengals, UC, XU, UK and OSU gear!
Final: Bengals 42 Colts 28
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
*9-4 with 3 games to go....3rd seed....hold tiebreakers over Pats and Colts.
*Patriots scored 13 points in 30-seconds to beat Browns 27-26 and prevent Bengals from grabbing 2-seed.
*Bengals 6-0 home. Undefeated at home in 1973, 1982 (4-0 strike), 1988. Undefeated at home this year: Bengals, Seahawks, Broncos, Saints, Patriots.
*3 straight winning seasons 1st time since 1975 (11-3), 1976 (10-4) and 1977 (8-6). 2nd time franchise history.
*Nice to see O put D on shoulders for a change.
*42, 41, 49 Bengals points three consecutive games at PBS, a franchise record.
*Bengals 3 games of 40+ points at home is a franchise record for a season.
*Last time Bengals scored 40+ three times season: 1981...41 at Balt, 40 at SD, 41 at Cleveland.
*Colts 2nd least penalized team this year...but 2 killer personal fouls Sunday....penalties led to 5 first downs for Bengals.
*AJ/Marvin 8 TD catches each. Last time 2 Bengals had at least 8 TD catches same season: TJ 12, Chad 8 in 2007.
*Dalton better head-to-head QB rating than Luck, Ben, Brady, Rodgers, Stafford and Rivers.
*Neither team committed turnover...neither team had a sack.
*Paging Robert Mathis, paging Robert Mathis.
Home: 6-0, 63%, 14 TD, 5 INT, 98.9 rating
Road: 3-4, 61.2%, 11 TD, 11 INT, 80.0 rating
*Andy: 24 of 35, 275 yards, 3 TD/Green, Jones, Gresham, TD run, QB rating: 120.5
*Dalton last 6 quarters: 33 of 48 (69%), 424 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
*Big game/bad weather win for Andy.
*Bengals 6 plays 20+ yds…(29,29,28,22,22,20)…ties 2nd most of (Green Bay)…most 7 vs Buf.
*A do-it-all day for Gio. 12 rushes 99 yards, 4 catches 49 yards….148 total yards.
*Bengals rushed 35 times/155 yards (4.4) and passed it 35 times.
*Nice answer after Colts cut 21-14...60 yard drive....Andy to Gresh, 28-14.
*Andy to AJ, TD, 35-14, like taking candy from a baby.
*Andy 5 for 5 start, got AJ/Gresh involved. Connected with 7 of 9 players targeted.
*Marvin Jones 29-yards on beauty from Dalton, TD...8th. Great extension MJ.
*Jones: 3 catches/4 targets, 60 yds, TD…previous 3 games: 4 catches/12 targets, 23 yds, 0 TD.
*10 plays/83 yards, TD, opening drive...Dalton 6 of 7.
*4th and Goal TD? BJGE, I'll take it. 14-0.
*Dalton: 21 of 32, 288 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT combined 2nd half SD/1st half Indy.
*BJGE TD run, 21-0.,...9 plays/80 yards start 2nd half
*6 of 12 on 3rd down.
*I think this Whit at LG thing might just work.
*0 sacks three games row? Dalton 92 consecutive pass attempts w/o sack. Last sack :21 left 4th vs Baltimore.
*How valuable are Anthony Collins and Mike Pollack?
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: A.J. Green#18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
*excellent 3rd down: 2 of 10
*Bengals allowed 4 TD passes Sunday. Had allowed 4 TD passes in previous 5 games combined.
*Big 3 and out after offense gave 28-14 lead.
*Reggie Nelson/Adam Jones miss Rogers by not wrapping, 69 yds, 21-7.
*really weak effort/6 missed tackles=19-yard TD pass Luck to Brazill, 21-14.
*Luck 1st visiting QB to throw multiple TD since Peyton Manning, November 4, last year.
*Brandon Thompson nice deflection on screen.
*Adam Jones 3rd down PBU twice in 1st QT.
*3rd down pressure Gilberry forced incompletion.
*Beauty deflection Reggie Nelson on what looked like TD pass
*Vinny 3rd down coverage vs Fleener forces incompletion
*Iloka out with head injury. Newman out knee injury. Trouble.
*Huber 59 yard bomb, 30 yard not bomb, 70 yard rocket....2 touch backs entering game/2 touch backs Sunday.
*Why did Tate run ball out? Then returned next KO 44-yards...
*Tate 43 yard PR...blocks JK and Alex Smith.
*Dre delivered again.
Join us for Bengals Line!
Special guests: AJ Green and Devon Still
Who: Lap, me and Bengals players
What: Bengals Line
When: Monday night, 6-9pm
Where: Holy Grail Banks
Why: To talk Bengals, hear from the players, win cool prizes, enjoy great food and drinks.
I believe the Bengals will hand out autograph tickets, prior to the start of the show.
I will forward that info if/when I get it.
Belk Bowl fan guide
Complete bowl schedule HERE
How the coaches votes in USA Today Top 25 poll:
Tommy Tuberville: UC 25, OSU 6
Brian Kelly: UC --, OSU 7
Mark Dantonio: UC --, OSU 4
Urban Meyer: UC 22, OSU 5
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team will face the University of North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2013 Belk Bowl on Dec. 28, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
The game will kickoff at 3:20 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.
UC will make its second straight appearance in the Belk Bowl. The Bearcats (9-3) defeated Duke in a 48-34 thriller in Charlotte in 2012. Multi-Grammy nominee and CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton will be the featured act at the 2013 Belk Bowl FanFest, taking place outside the stadium before the game. The Belk Bowl FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Shelton scheduled to begin his performance at 1:30 p.m.
The Bearcats (9-3) and Tar Heels (6-6) have met twice on the gridiron with UNC holding a 2-0 edge in the series. The teams first met on Oct. 6, 1979 with the Bearcats dropping a 35-14 road decision to No. 18 UNC and last met on Sept. 14, 1991, a 51-16 Tar Heels win in Chapel Hill.
Tickets are on sale now at CATSTIX.com, start at $50 and are available at four pricing levels: club seats ($100), lower sideline ($85), lower endzone ($75) and upper level ($50). All handling and shipping fees are included.
UCATS members and football season ticket holders can purchase club seats for $100, lower sideline seats at $70, lower endzone sections at $60 and upper level tickets at $50. In order to access the discount patrons must log in to their account at CATSTIX.com and then click buy tickets.
Tickets are available for purchase by all fans, including UCATS members, students and the general public. Seating assignments will be determined by UCATS tier level and then priority points within the tier level. Fans are strongly encouraged to order tickets online to avoid long wait times on the phone or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office.
All individuals who buy or donate tickets through UC will receive two (2) tickets to a future American Athletic Conference men's basketball game.
HOW TO BUY: Fans can visit CATSTIX.com immediately to purchase tickets.
Moeller wins a thriller
Mike Dyer, Enquirer
“It’s awful hard to win a title in Division I once and then to do it twice – I am proud of these guys,” Moeller coach John Rodenberg said.
“This is something that will be around with them for the rest of their lives. It’s a special moment.”
Moeller 55 Mentor 52
CANTON, Ohio - Division I state championship game records fell throughout the second half as fifth-ranked Moeller (14-1) held on for a 55-52 win Saturday over sixth-ranked Mentor (13-2) at Canton Fawcett Stadium as the Crusaders won back-to-back state titles and their ninth overall.
Moeller’s ninth state title adds to titles won previously in 2012, 85, 82, 80, 79, 77, 76 and 75 (via Elise Jesse... http://t.co/R47WAsRcuU— TriStateFootball.com (@tsfootball) December 8, 2013
Loveland defeats Glenville for first state title
Mike Dyer, Enquirer
CANTON — Standout senior defensive end Charlie Lawler said he had to be pinched about three times shortly after leaving the snowy field at Fawcett Stadium.
A state title has a way of doing that.
Loveland defeated Cleveland Glenville 41-23 in the Division II state final Friday night at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
Loveland 41 Glenville 23
CANTON, Ohio – It’s hard to believe that undefeated Loveland could have saved their best performance for their last game, but that is exactly what happened on Friday night. The Tigers scored 34 unanswered, first-half points in defeating Glenville (13-2) for the 2013 Division II state title, the first in school history. The fans that traveled to Fawcett Stadium in Canton to root on the black and orange were treated to a resounding victory in a heavy snow.
Congratulations to the State Champion @Loveland_FB, our home in the Cincinnati area for 17 great years. Go Tigers!— Bob Huggins (@CoachHuggs) December 8, 2013
Clinton-Massie 27 Cardinial Mooney 21
MASSILLON, Ohio - The Clinton-Massie Falcons locked up their second consecutive Ohio Division IV state championship by defeating the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals 27-21 on a snow-covered field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Clinton-Massie wins second straight state title
Michael Beaven, Enquirer
MASSILLON — A steady snowstorm and the accompanying frigid temperatures were not about to get in the way of the Clinton-Massie football team Friday in Massillon.
Not with a second Division IV state championship in a row at stake.
This will be first year since 2003 that #nkyfb has not had a state champion.— TriStateFootball.com (@tsfootball) December 8, 2013
Collins 37 Highlands 34
With the game hanging in the balance and Collins (13-2) facing a 4th-and-8 on Highlands’ 12-yard line with 0:13 left in the game the unthinkable happened. Starting quarterback Lawson Page lost his helmet after contact during the third-down play. Per KHSAA rule he had to come out for a play.
Highlands's state title game loss tough to swallow
Marc Hardin, Enquirer
BOWLING GREEN — Many of Highlands' players were inconsolable after the Bluebirds lost 37-34 to Collins in Saturday's Class 4A state championship game at Western Kentucky University.
DeSales 34 NewCath 26
BOWLING GREEN, Ky - The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds came up one game short in their bid for a repeat as Kentucky Class 2A state champions as they were defeated by the DeSales Colts 34-26 on Saturday at Feix Field, Houchens/LT Smith Stadium.
NewCath falls to DeSales
Marc Hardin, Enquirer
BOWLING GREEN — History was not on Newport Central Catholic’s side in Saturday afternoon’s Class 2A football state championship game at chilly Western Kentucky University.
Brantley on Phillips
Jeff Brantley was a guest of Bill Cunningham, on 700 WLW at 12:05 this afternoon.
Jeff Brantley said BP was sitting next to him on the plane…and Jeff is now in town.
Jeff said Redsfest is something he thinks BP wants to do, but he understands how BP feels after what has happened.
Brantley said BP was wearing something on his wrist on the flight.
"Some of this has to do w/BP, some of it has to do with Walt, Bob Castellini…and some of it has to do with Dusty Baker."-Brantley
"Walt's job, in the end, is to put the best team on the field."
"Brandon is going to speak his mind & wear his feelings on his sleeve, and you are going to have to work in thoses boundaries.....and if you can't, then he can't be here."
Here is the entire interview:
Louisville 31 Cincinnati 24 (OT)
Attendance: 35,097 (7th largest Nippert Stadium history)
What a final game at the current version of Nippert. (Game stats)
If it's the final game in the rivalry, what a way to go out.
The game slogged along for a while, then it got wild, really wild.
I think Nippert Stadium was swaying at times last night, loud and rocking.
Brendon Kay turned in a performance that UC fans will be talking about for years.
He led UC on one leg most of the game. He was battered and bruised, and kept getting up and kept making plays. I thought he was knocked out cold on his TD scramble. All that was missing was his OL carrying him to the next play like Marshall's Byron Leftwich, years ago.
I thought UC got too cute late in the game. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran reached into his bag of tricks multiple times and kept finding holes in the bottom of the bag. Live by the trick player (earlier in the year), lose by trick plays late in the year.
UC defense could not make tackles and get stops late, allowing back to back scoring drives of 13 and 11 plays. They were trying to tackle high all night.
The stars were out last night: Todd Frazier ant Tony Cingrani were at Nippert. They stood in the back of the end zone with Tony Pike, Mardy Gilyard, Kevin Huber, Kevin Youkilis and JK Schaffer.
Frazier and Cincrani both had "C Paws" stickers on their faces and were "rolling their hand" during the UC Chant. Bengals Terrance Newman and Vontaze Burfict were also on hand.
Bowling for Belk? Tom Groeschen says it looks like UC-UNC in Charlotte.
UL's Teddy Bridgewater made play after play late. With UC leading 14-10 in the 4th quarter, and UL facing 4th and 12 with about 9:00 left in in the game, he fought off tackles and gained 16 yards. Nick Temple had him….but could not bring him down.
Bridgewater then capped the 13 play drive with a game tying TD pass that I swear he was trying to throw away, out the back of the endzone. Amazing. UL led 17-14.
How about UC's answer to Bridgewater's TD? 2 plays: Kay to Mekale 57-yards, and then RDA4 for 6 yards, TD, UC led 21-17 with 7:00 left.
Louisville regained the lead on Bridgewater's TD pass, a tug-o-war won by DeVante in the corner of the endzone with about 2:00 left, capping an 11 play drive and giving Louisivlle a 24-21 lead.
UC look liked the were going to win in when they reached the 9-yard line with about a minute remaining. I had a feeling all week that it would somehow would come down to a big FG, Miliano entered the game just 5 for 14 on the season. UC could not reach the endzone and had to settle for a 26-yard FG. Give Miliano credit, he delivered with :07 left.
Louisville scored on their first OT possession.
UC was stopped on their first possession.
UC winds up 9-3/6-2, and sees its six game winning streak come to an end.
Central Florida clinches the AAC and BCS bid.