Notre Dame “Not Just Another Game” for Cincinnati

The highlight quote from the Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell his team’s game against Notre Dame came to a third of its press conference on Tuesday.

“It’s big,” said Fickell of the matchup against Notre Dame. “We won’t lie to you. As I said, once things get going, you can’t let the emotions of all the different things that are going on affect you and how you go about things. What I mean by that are the emotions during the week that you can drain because you need to be at your best on Saturday. That’s where I struggle a lot, are the emotions of all of the preparation.

“Often you come by Saturday and what kind of energy and stuff you still have,” continued Fickell. “That’s a good balance. I think our 18 to 22 year old children do better because they are used to the emotional fluctuations in everyday life. Some of us like to get into a routine and stick to it. “

It’s a great game for the bearcats. For Notre Dame, it’s just another big game.

There is a difference.

“It’s always a big game when you play Notre Dame,” said Fickell. “Notre Dame is obviously a top five program. It’s just a year where we’re both really good and we rank high. I think you make sure you stay focused and don’t spend a lot of time on it.” your emotions. “

The Irish were tested last week by Wisconsin, which was ranked 18th. They play Virginia Tech (3-1) on the street on October 9th. The Hokies jumped into the top 25 early after beating North Carolina.

Cincinnati, which ranks seventh on the Associated Press, while Notre Dame is ninth after their 41-13 win over the Badgers. The Irish (4-0) outperformed Wisconsin by 31-3 in the fourth quarter.

Fickell spent most of his press conference answering questions about playing Notre Dame. Brian Kelly spent a small portion of his press conference answering questions about the Bearcats.

It is like it is. And yes, Cincinnati had a goodbye week, just like Wisconsin last week before it played the Irish.

There are all kinds of storylines.

Kelly left Cincinnati to train at Notre Dame. A lot of Cincinnati people weren’t happy because Kelly told his players after the story leaked. Jeff Quinn, his current offensive line coach, took over the interim coach after his departure.

Current defensive coordinator for Notre Dame Marcus Freeman had the same role at Cincinnati from 2017-20, coaching Irish Corners Mike Mickens trained with the Bearcats from 2018-19. Cincinnati Offensive Coordinator Mike Denbrock had two coaching assignments at Notre Dame (2002-04, 2010-16). Broad receiver Michael Young Jr. moved to Cincinnati after spending his first three seasons with the Irish.

A total of five current Notre Dame coaches spent time with Bearcat’s coaching staff prior to their arrival in South Bend. The former head coach of Notre Dame, of course Charlie Weis once put tough pressure on hiring Fickell as his defensive coordinator when the current head coach of Cincinnati was an assistant at Ohio State.

It’s all part of the outside noise.

Yes there is a game to play.

Last year the Bearcats (3-0) were very good and finished 9-1. Their only loss was 24-21 to Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The Bulldogs beat Cincinnati 14-0 in the final quarter to take the win.

Fickell called the game in Georgia the benchmark.

The game against the Irish, where they opened as a 2.5-point favorite, is also a gauge of where the program is.

“It’s definitely a benchmark,” said Fickell of playing Notre Dame. “When you play Georgia, you play a top ten program. When you play Notre Dame, you are playing a top 5 program.

“Historically, there is no way, and I mean not in the last 100 years but in the past five years, that they have been one of the best teams in the country,” continued the Cincinnati head coach. “It’s a big deal for us. Here, too, the 18-22 year olds hear, you know, things that aren’t so much in their wheelhouse as what’s important to these guys. It’s an opportunity of 3-0 to get to 4-0. And, oh, it’s a very big game. Control emotions and things, but it’s the ultimate yardstick in everything we do. I think that’s what’s great for us as a program. “

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