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Cincinnati, Miami agree to home-and-home next two years

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Following up on reports that first surfaced earlier in the morning, Cincinnati and Miami announced late Tuesday morning that they have reached agreement on a future home-and-home football series.

The Bearcats will travel to Miami Oct. 11, 2014, while the Hurricanes will make the trek north to Cincinnati Oct. 3, 2015.

The two football programs have met 11 times previously, with the last coming in 1998 and the vast majority during an eight-year stretch from 1982-89.  The Hurricanes own a 10-1 advantage in the series, having won the previous 10 meetings between the teams.  The Bearcats’ lone win came in the first meeting in 1947.

Current UC head coach Tommy Tuberville was actually a part of four of those UM wins, serving as a Hurricanes assistant from 1986-93.

The U’s 2014 non-conference schedule is now complete, with the UC series joining Florida A&M, Nebraska and Arkansas State.  UC now has four non-conference games that season — FCS Stony Brook, Toledo, Miami (OH) and Ohio State — and will be forced to either drop one of those games or reschedule it.  As the always outstanding already has the FCS program off its list of 2014 games for UC, we’ll go ahead and take their word for it.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

Kwazel Bertrand, Jacobi Owens
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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah