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Bearcats crank up the heat on Al Golden’s Hurricane seat

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Let the #FireAlGolden banner fest commence in earnest.

Beginning the day with such a sign flying high overhead in enemy territory, Al Golden‘s Miami Hurricanes did nothing but give the head coach’s detractors a cornucopia of ammunition, looking embarrassingly outclassed in a 34-23 loss to Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium.  The offensive play calls, particularly in the second half, were head-scratching; the defense was unable to get stops when it’s flailing offense needed it; and the flailing offense could do nothing in the second half against a UC defense that was shredded by Memphis just seven days ago.

It was a bad look all around for a Miami team that, despite entering 3-0, exits it feeling — and even looking — like it’s a 1-3 squad instead of the 3-1 team its record says it is ahead of a huge matchup with Florida State.

Trailing just 27-20 coming out of the half, UM’s defense held UC’s offense scoreless for the first 24 minutes or so of the second half.  The only problem, though, was the Bearcats’ defense limited the Hurricanes’ offense to a mere field goal in that same span.

Up 27-23 in the middle of the fourth, Hayden Moore connected with Tyler Cogswell from to push UC’s lead out to 34-24 with 6:54 remaining.  The ‘Canes moved inside the 10-yard line on the ensuing drive, but four Brad Kaaya pass attempts fell incomplete to hand the ball back to the Bearcats with just over four minutes remaining.  That would be the last time the Hurricanes would see the ball as the Bearcats were able to move down the field and drain the remainder of the clock.

So, where do the ‘Canes go from here?  Physically, they’ll travel to Tallahassee to face unbeaten FSU next Saturday.  Mentally, especially after nearly blowing a huge lead against Nebraska last week and with the speculation swirling around Golden’s job status once again, this is a team that is, as has been the case the past couple of years, on the verge of unraveling.

The scheduling gods did them no favors either.  After facing FSU, they’ll go back-to-back-to-back against teams in which they’ll likely be underdogs: Virginia Tech, No. 12 Clemson and at Duke.  The U is a program that’s teetering on the precipice, and if it tumbles in the ensuing weeks it’ll take Golden and his tenure with it.

For Cincinnati, this win was absolutely crucial for any outside hopes it still entertained for the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six bid after splitting its first four games.  At 3-2 it’ll still be an uphill climb to get that prime bowl slot, but the Bearcats are in a heck of a lot better place than if they had dropped a game in which they were underdogs.

WVU WR Tevin Bush enters transfer portal

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West Virginia running back Tevin Bush has entered the transfer portal, head coach Neal Brown has announced.

“Tevin has had a rough few months,” Brown told WV Metro News. “He has had lingering foot and heel issues. He’s going to redshirt the rest of this season and enter the transfer portal. I support that decision. He wants to go closer to home.”

The New Orleans native has spent time at running back and in the slot for the Mountaineers. He played nine games at running back as a freshman in 2017, totaling 20 carries for 81 yards and four catches for 15 yards.

He moved to wide receiver last season and snared 14 passes for 209 yards in 11 games while rushing six times for 103 yards, including a career-long 79-yarder against Baylor. Bush scored one career touchdown as a Mountaineer.

Bush totaled six receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown and three carries for 15 yards in four games this season. He will be able to count this season as a redshirt and play elsewhere in 2020, most likely a program in or around Louisiana.

Four-star 2019 corner tweets transfer from Arkansas

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For the second time today, there’s some Arkansas personnel news on which to touch.

Monday, Chad Morris confirmed that linebacker D’Vone McClure left the team to deal with family responsibilities.  Later that same day, teammate Devin Bush took to Twitter to announce that, “[a]fter speaking with my parents and coaches, I’ve made the decision to officially enter the transfer portal.”

A four-star member of the Razorbacks’ 2019 recruiting class, Bush was rated as the No. 28 corner in the country and the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Louisiana.  The New Orleans native was the highest-rated defensive signee in Arkansas’ class this year.

Because he played in just four games this year, Bush will be able to take a redshirt for his true freshman season.

WR Weston Bridges is fourth Michigan State player to enter portal

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In the offseason, Weston Bridges changed positions.  Midway through the 2019 season, it appears Bridges is now set to change schools.

On his personal Twitter account Monday afternoon, Bridges indicated that he has decided to take his leave of Michigan State and transfer to an undetermined elsewhere.  It has subsequently been confirmed that the wide receiver is headed into the NCAA transfer database.

A three-star member of the Spartans’ 2017 recruiting class, Bridges was rated as the No. 31 running back in the country and the No. 24 player at any position in the state of Ohio.  During the spring this year, Bridges moved from running back to receiver.

After redshirting as a true freshman, Bridges carried the ball 16 times for 53 yards last season.  He was suspended for a late-September game because of unspecified violations of team rules.

Bridges is the fourth MSU football player to enter the portal since the 2019 season kicked off, joining linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle (HERE) as well as a pair of running backs in Connor Heyward (HERE) and La’Darius Jefferson (HERE).

Louisville’s season-opening QB starter to undergo year-ending surgery

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Jawon Pass began the 2019 season as Louisville’s starter under center.  After a couple of weeks of uncertainty, the redshirt junior will end it on the sidelines.

Pass suffered what turned out to be diagnosed as a case of turf toe in the season-opening loss to Notre Dame.  It wasn’t severe enough, however, to keep the starting quarterback out of the Week 2 win over Eastern Kentucky.

The past four games, though, Pass has been sidelined because of the injury.  Tuesday, it was confirmed by the football program that, as some have speculated, Pass will undergo surgery and, as a result, miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

With Pass sidelined, Malik Cunningham had started all four games in his place.  The redshirt sophomore, though, has been dealing with his own injuries, including a knee issue, that at least temporarily knocked him out of a pair of games.

True freshman Evan Conley replaced Cunningham both times, and was even named as the ACC’s Quarterback and Rookie of the Week for his performance in the upset of Wake Forest this past weekend.

For the season, Cunningham has completed 44-of-66 passes (66.7 percent) for 820 yards, seven touchdowns, one interception.  Conley is at a 64.9 completion percentage on his 37 attempts, throwing for 422 yards, four touchdowns and a pick.  Cunningham is the Cardinals third-leading rusher with 226 yards, while Conley is fifth with 84.

As of today, head coach Scott Satterfield has not named a starter for this weekend’s game against No. 3 Clemson.