It was a tough, hard lesson that the UC Bearcats football team learned on Thursday night. If you don’t take care of your own business, chances are good that no one will take care of it for you.
The University of South Florida Bulls didn’t, losing on a last second field goal to the Big East Conference’s most probable BCS Bowl representative, West Virginia University.
It’s hard to tell how this season would have turned out had UC not lost quarterback Zach Collaros to a broken ankle in their three point loss to WVU. Regardless of how that game turned out, chances are UC would have gone to Rutgers the following week and beaten the Scarlet Knights, IF Collaros was healthy. We’ll never know of course.
UC will now have to console itself with sharing the Big East Conference title with WVU and Louisville IF it can beat Connecticut on Saturday. But its bowl destination is a lot less attractive than it would have been IF UC could have beaten either WVU or Rutgers. The web site, collegefootballtalk.com has UC going to some non descript bowl in Alabama playing, of all people, Western Kentucky University. Yikes. Thats a long way away from Bourbon Street or South Beach.
But the lesson that Butch Jones can take away from this season, which by the way was light years better than 2010 when the Bearcats went 4-8, is that every snap of every game counts. Any snap can pay off big time, or cost your big time. There were just a few too many of the latter this season.