Cincy-Oregon St. Odds
The 17th-ranked Bearcats might receive a bit more notoriety with another easy win Saturday night when they visit unbeaten Oregon State.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made
Only one point separates
The Bearcats played an FCS team last Saturday and were very impressive, scoring the third-most points in school history in a 70-3 victory over
"We are a special offense, a special team," senior wideout Mardy Gilyard said. "No disrespect to the (
The next two games should provide a good test. Before next week's home game against
Plus, the Beavers (2-0) have won five of their past nine against ranked teams and 15 of 17 at home, including last year's victory over top-ranked USC. They've won 26 straight non-conference home games since a 35-14 loss to
"We are looking forward to challenging our football team," Bearcats coach Brian Kelly said. "Going out west and playing a top 20 team, then coming back next week and playing a very good
The biggest challenge facing
Gilyard, the Big East's top kick returner and second-leading receiver last year, is second in the conference in receptions (14), receiving yards (200) and touchdown catches (three).
"It puts pressure on any defense you play against," quarterback Tony Pike said of throwing to Gilyard. "The biggest thing it will start is our other receivers will step up. Teams will have to put up more pressure on him."
Pike, who only played in the first half last week, has completed 77.2 percent of his passes for 591 yards with six TDs and one interception.
Sean Canfield has been steady when asked to throw, completing 78.6 percent without an interception. He engineered a 12-play, 64-yard drive that ended with Justin Kahut's 33-yard field goal with 7 seconds left to give the Beavers a 23-21 win at UNLV last Saturday.
"We have been very good in our two-minute offense," coach Mike Riley said. "It's not always easy, but I knew we had a chance. I knew our kids could handle that part of the game well."
Posted: 9/15/09 3:24PM ET