During the Q & A, I refer to myself as CM (ChicagoMaroon) and to Matt as DTD (for Down The Drive). Enjoy!
CM: Well the first thing I obviously have to ask about is the maddening sports triangle that could occur in this one. Why did Cincy beat Pitt so handily? Why did Pitt beat the crap out of us? And as Brian McCann once said to David Wright in the '06 All-Star Game, "Are you really that good?"
DTD: To paraphrase the immortal words of Rick James, College Football is a hell of a drug. Its situations like this one that make playing "College Football Transitive Property" so fun, and yet so utterly without meaning. Weird things happen every week, though Pitt's turnaround from week two to week three is unlike anything I have seem, or more accurately can remember seeing.
CM: The Pitt game aside, you guys also played Delaware State? How come Cincy struggled so much in that one? Was the Pitt game the fluke or was this one?
DTD: It's hard to say. The Bearcats are still a very young team, and there are a ton of guys in new roles dealing with the emotional roller coaster from such an emphatic, high against Pitt there was down to be a letdown of some sort. The biggest culprit was a general lack of focus, on both sides of the ball, that reared its ugly head time and again in that game. As for which game is the fluke and which one is the real UC I have no idea. They are such divergent points on the continuum of performance. Its hard to imagine this team playing a better all around game than the one against Pitt. At the same time the Delaware State game has to be the low point. True equilibrium is somewhere in between. My guess is closer to the Pitt performance, but I am an optimist for some reason.
CM: In an interview I saw on Monday, Butch Jones alluded to the strange nature of Cincinnati's schedule so far (two bye games to open the season). Was the schedule supposed to be set up that way, or did a team back out/a date change, or what?