Cats’ Win Birmingham Bowl 38-6

Cincinnati football fell to Memphis in the AAC Championship, but still were able to win the Birmingham Bowl 38-6. UC (11-3, 21st) defeated Boston College at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL. QB Desmond Ridder started the game and did not disappoint, obliterating BC (6-7, 70th). He ran for three touchdowns, and 105 yards. Ridder added a touchdown pass for good measure. The game was delayed for 50 minutes due to lightning strikes. At kickoff the Bearcats were favored by seven points. This is second time Cincinnati has won at least 11 games in consecutive season (2008- 2009 seasons).

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) carries the ball for a touchdown against Boston College during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Desmond Ridder (Butch Dill/AP Photo)

Sports 24/7 Top Five

  1. LSU
  2. Clemson
  3. Ohio State
  4. Georgia
  5. Wisconsin

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

  1. Memphis
  2. Navy
  3. App State
  4. Cincinnati
  5. UCF

Cincinnati Beats Tennessee, Improves to 7-4

UC basketball has had a slow start to the 2019-20 season. Despite an ugly loss to Colgate Saturday, Cincinnati rebounded with a win over Tennessee Wednesday night. The Bearcats (7-4, 85th*) were able to rely on Tre Scott’s 15 points to help snap a two-game losing streak. A 9-0 run was able to put UC up by 10 with less than four minutes remaining. UT (7-3, 27th*) was led by John Fulkerson and his 14 points. Cincinnati will play Iowa (8-3, 21st*) in Chicago as part of the Legends Classic on Saturday. TV: BTN Radio: 700 WLW Line: Iowa by 6 (Sports 24/7)

Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jarron Cumberland (34) drives on Tennessee Volunteers guard Josiah-Jordan James (5) in the second half of the NCAA Basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at Fifth Third Arena at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bearcats defeated Tennessee Volunteers 78-66.
Cincinnati’s Jarron Cumberland (Albert Cesare- Cincinnati Enquirer)

*National rankings as of 12/17, Sports-Reference*

 

XU Falls to Wake 80-78

Xavier lost to Wake Forest on the road by two despite 30 points from the Musketeers’ Paul Scruggs, and 16 points from Naji Marshall. Quentin Goodin attempted a three-pointer at the end of the game, which was not successful for the Muskies.’ Xavier is 9-2, ranked 52nd by CBB Reference, but is just outside the top 25 in the Coaches’ and AP polls. XU will play Western Carolina (7-2, 136th) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. TV: FS1 Radio: 700 WLW Line: Xavier favored by 15.

Xavier forward Jason Carter, right, drives into Wake Forest forward Ismael Massoud in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Xavier’s Kevin Carter (AP, Nell Redmond)

Bengals Finally Win, Head to Cleveland

Cincinnati won, at long last, versus the New York Jets 22-6. The Bengals (1-11, 27th*) held the Jets (4-8, 29th*) to two field goals, in an impressive defensive performance which included a safety. New York was held to under 280 offensive yards. While the Bengals had similar yardage, they were able to punch the ball into the end zone twice. Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon had a rushing touchdown.


The Cincinnati defense celebrates another stop (Sam Greene).

Cincy will play at Cleveland (5-7, 15th*) Sunday at 1 pm. TV: CBS Radio: 700 WLW

* Rankings from Sports-Reference (out of 32).

UC loses to Memphis, but get Second Chance in AAC Champ.

Cincinnati lost to Memphis 34-24 in the final regular season game. The game was played in Memphis, and was the first collegiate start for UC QB Ben Bryant. He threw for over 230 yards and two TD’s but also turned the ball over three times. Controversial penalties stole the storyline, especially an unsportsmanlike conduct foul, that guaranteed a Memphis (**10-1, 15th**) victory.

The Bearcats (**10-2, 24th**) will play the Memphis Tigers once again in the Liberty Bowl (Stadium). This time it will be for the American Athletic Conference championship. The winner will likely play in the Cotton Bowl

TV: ABC Time: 3:30 p.m. Radio: 700 WLW


Cincinnati’s Michael Warren II (3) (Nelson Chenault-USA Today).

**As usual, records are DI games only, and rankings are from Sports-Reference.

Cincinnati Basketball Starts 5-2

UC basketball defeated the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 72-65 (OT) Saturday night. This happened after Cincinnati finished the Paradise Jam tournament in third place. Cincinnati (*5-2, 76th*)beat Illinois State, lost to Bowling Green (OT), and then defeated Valparaiso (OT) in the Virgin Islands tournament.

Prior to the tourney, UC lost at Ohio State, and defeated Drake and Alabama A&M at home. The Bearcats will host Vermont (*5-3, 131st*) , tonight (12/3) at 7 PM. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW

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UC guard Jarron Cumberland (34) drives to basket in game vs. UNLV (*3-6, 160th* (Enquirer).

 

*Records are Division I only, rankings are from sports-reference and rate a total of 353 teams (Div. I)

Cincinnati Bearcats Claim AAC EAST

UC football took care of business the past two weeks, squeaking by USF (20-17) and then doing the same versus Temple (15-13) to win division championship. Cincinnati now has clinched a spot in the AAC Championship game. First, UC has its last regular season game Friday. They play at Memphis, and the result will determine location of AAC title game.

UC’s Michael Warren II ran for 106 yards and a touchdown versus Temple. Special teams also added a field goal, and a blocked extra point which was returned 95 yards for two points by Bearcats defender Coby Bryant.

Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Coby Bryant (7) returns a blocked point after attempt 98 yards for a 2-point touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NCAA American Athletic Conference game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Temple Owls at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. The Bearcats clinched the AAC East championship with a 15-13 win over Temple.
Coby Bryant (7) completes a rare defensive two-point conversion (Sam Greene).

Cincinnati won the game at USF with a field goal as time expired by Sam Crosa.

Next Game: At Memphis Friday 3:30 p.m. TV: ABC Radio: 700 WLW

Sports 24/7 Top Five

  1. Ohio State
  2. LSU
  3. Alabama
  4. Clemson
  5. Utah

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

  1. Memphis
  2. Navy
  3. Cincinnati
  4. SMU
  5. Appalachian State and Boise State (Tie)

UC Bulldozes UCONN, remain G5 Leader

Cincinnati remains in solid standing after a thumping of Connecticut 48-3, Saturday. The homecoming victory keeps No. 16 UC as the only undefeated team in American conference play. The Bearcats will face a tricky test at South Florida (3-5) this Saturday night. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW Time: 7:00 p.m.

*Rankings based on Sports-Reference, Records are FBS only*

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UC Head Coach Luke Fickell (Getty Images: Tim Warner)

Sports 24/7 Top Five:

1. Ohio State They are 52-point favorites at Rutgers.
2. LSU Major win in thriller at Alabama.
3. Alabama They lost to LSU in said game, but still in good position for playoff.
4. Clemson
5. Utah Looking good but will play UCLA who is improving, should win though.

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar:

1(Tie). Memphis
1(Tie). Cincinnati Destroyed UConn, but have many tests upcoming, starting with a road game versus USF.
3. Navy Open week, waiting for Notre Dame.
4. SMU Won 59-51 versus ECU.
5. UCF The Knights got upset on the road versus Tulsa by three, they still hold onto the fifth spot, but their chances at a major bowl and a conference championship are all but over.

Cincinnati Survives Scare at ECU

The Bearcats barely beat East Carolina in an extremely competitive game Saturday night, 46-43. A game-winning field goal was made by UC’s Sam Crosa as time expired. Ahmad Gardner had key interception return for a TD for Cindy. No. 16 Cincinnati (7-1) was led by Michael Warren II who ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Desmond Ridder threw for 161 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. ECU (1-6) was a 25-point underdog. Cincinnati will play Connecticut (1-7) at home Saturday. Time: 3:30 TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW

*Ratings based on Simple Rating System from Sports-Reference. Records use FBS games only* Cincinnati is No. 17 in both the Coaches and AP polls. The College Football Playoff has

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Sam Crosa (31) celebrates the game-winning field goal (Fletcher Page, Cincinnati Enquirer).

Sports 24/7 Top Five

1. Ohio State (8-0) Had open week, they play Maryland at home.

2. Alabama (8-0) Also had open week, major showdown with #3 LSU at home is next.

3. LSU (7-0) Yes, the top three teams were off this past week. LSU is on the road at #2 Alabama, like I just said…

4. Penn State (7-0) Ok the top four teams were off this week.. Playing ranked Minnesota on the road at noon.

5. Clemson (8-0) Clemson technically was not off this week, they played Wofford. They pretty much were off this week though, because THEY PLAYED WOFFORD (59-14).

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

1(Tie). Memphis (7-1) The Tigers shoot up to a tie with #16 Cincy. Their win over SMU was a signature victory, now they rest up Saturday.

1(Tie). Cincinnati (7-1) The Bearcats defense was absolutely shredded for 550 yards passing by ECU. Yes, ECU. A fourth-quarter comeback and last-second field avoided the upset, 46-43. But UConn should not be as difficult.

3. SMU (8-1) The ponies’ had a tough go of it, running into the buzzsaw that is #18 Mem Fuss… losing 55-48. They play ECU this week at home.

4. Navy (6-1) The Midshipmen let UCONN hang around for the first half. Then the second half happened and the final score was 56-10. Now comes up an off week and then they go to Notre Dame.

5. UCF (6-2) The Knights were trailing at halftime at Houston. But UCF pulled away 44-29, and play at Tulsa Friday night.

Bengals Lose in London, Dalton Benched on Birthday

Cincinnati lost yet another game last week, this time to the LA Rams 24-10. Bengals (0-8) QB Andy Dalton was 32-52 and threw for 329 yards, a touchdown pass, and no interceptions. The game, played at Wembley Stadium, showcased the Rams’ (5-3) Cooper Kupp who had 220 receiving yards.

After the game, the Bengals made a decision to name Ryan Finley starting quarterback. Finley is a rookie who played college football at North Carolina State. This news was announced on Andy Dalton’s Birthday. The Bengals will have a bye week, before playing Baltimore at home next week. TV: CBS Radio: 700 WLW Time: 1:00 pm.

AFC North Standings

Baltimore 5-2

Pittsburgh 4-4

Cleveland 2-5

Cincinnati 0-8