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
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.