The Cincinnati Bearcats have a marquee out-of-conference matchup vs. the Virginia Tech Hokies looming at the end of September, but before that, they'll take on an opponent with slightly less prestige. That would be the Delaware State Hornets, an FCS team that will visit the Bearcats this Saturday night.
FBS teams have been embarrassed in losses or close games vs. FCS opponents various times in recent memory, but the good news for the Bearcats is that the Hornets aren't even a particularly good FCS team. They're coming off of a 3-9 2011 season, and in 2012 slid past Virginia Military Institute for a win in their first game before dropping a 38-14 decision to the Delaware Blue Hens last week.
If anything, the Hornets will work out the Bearcats secondary. In last week's game, Delaware State quarterback Nick Elko passed the ball 50 times, completing 35 of them for 298 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Game time, TV channel: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
Point spread: No line
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