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by Berry Tramel Published: September 6, 2008

andon Caleb guessed Pac-10. They don't teach geography like they once did.

"I never really followed Cincinnati football,” Davis said. "I always followed Cincinnati basketball. Kenyon Martin, all those guys.”

No doubt, Cincinnati is a hoops school. But it's not too shabby on the gridiron.

The hire of coach Brian Kelly has been a master stroke. Kelly is 12-3 at Cincinnati. Truth is, you figured the Big East would do a lot for a mid-major football program like Cincy, which came aboard in 2005. Instead, Cincy has done a lot for the Big East.

Cincinnati last season won at Rutgers and at South Florida. With Louisville's bewildering fall, Cincinnati could be poised to rise in the Big East.

Will the Bearcats be another West Virginia or just another Big East rumdum? No better place to start finding out than Owen Field.