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*

 

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.

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.

UC goes to No. 17 in AP

No. 10 (Sports 24/7 and CFBReference) Cincinnati has risen in the AP Poll to No. 17, while remaining at No. 18 in the Coaches Poll. The Bearcats play ECU Saturday at 7 pm. TV: CBSSN Radio: 700 WLW

RECORDS ARE FBS GAMES ONLY, RANKINGS ARE BASED ON CFB REFERENCE SIMPLE RATING SYSTEM (unless mentioned otherwise).

AP/COACHES: https://www.espn.com/college-football/rankings

SIMPLE RATING SYSTEM: https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/years/2019-ratings.html

Sports 24/7 Top Five

1. Ohio State (8-0) State is tough, and they crushed No. 13 Wisconsin 38-7.

2. Alabama (8-0) Bama’ trounced a bad Arkansas team 48-7. Alabama has had a soft schedule, but that changes when the Tide host No. 4 LSU this week.

3. Clemson (8-0) Clemson dump-trucked BC 59-7, and FCS Wofford Saturday.

4. LSU (7-0) LSU beat No. 9 Auburn 23-20 in Death Valley and have risen to No.1 in the AP. It doesn’t get any easier with a trip to No. 2 Alabama, days away.

5. Penn State (7-0) Nittany Lions beat Michigan State 28-7, and have an intriguing matchup with fellow undefeated Big Ten member Minnesota.

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

OVERALL RANKING IN PARENTHESES

1. (10) Cincinnati (6-1) Bearcats had an off week, and still rose in the polls. ECU is improving but will need to play much better to pull of an upset, when hosting Cincinnati.

2. (12) SMU (8-0) SMU is the best team in Texas, with the Longhorns losing to TCU. SMU, who won at TCU earlier this season, is playing at No. 22 Memphis Saturday night in prime time. No I did not forget about the undefeated Baylor Bears

3. (19) App St. (6-0) Appalachian State plays in the Sun Belt, and were in the FCS less than five years ago. Now, they are ranked in the Top 20 in the AP. They will be favored heavily versus Georgia Southern.

4. (20) Memphis (6-1) The Tigers went to Tulsa and won…by a fingernail 42-41. “Mem Fuss” has a major game versus SMU to determine the leader of the AAC West.

5. (22) UCF (5-2) The Knights squeeze in here, just in front of Navy. A demolishing of Temple on the road 63-21, shows the offense is still potent.

How Bad are the Bengals? Very…

The Bengals lost their seventh consecutive game, this time to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-17. Cincinnati took a brief lead before getting torched by the Jags’ and quarterback Gardner Minshew. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton scored two touchdown but also threw three interceptions. The Bengals play the LA Rams Sunday in London. Time: 1 PM TV: CBS Radio: 700 WLW

 

AFC North Standings

Bal 5-2

Cle 2-4

Pit 2-4

Cin 0-7

Bearcats Beat Tulsa 24-13, Rise to No. 18

Cincinnati continues to roll, beating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 24-13. The Bearcats improve to 6-1, while Tulsa falls to 2-5 thanks to a brutal schedule. Tulsa was pesky, not indicated by their poor record, as the Golden Hurricane had the ball in the 4th quarter, down 17-13. An interception halted the drive, and UC scored on Gerrid Doaks’ third touchdown (2 rush, 1 reception), as the Bearcats cemented their victory. UC is first in the AAC East. The Cats’ have risen to No. 18 in the AP and Coaches’ polls.


Gerrid Doaks (Gannett)

Cincinnati has this week off, and will play ECU (1-4)* on the road next Saturday (11/2).

FBS WINS ONLY

Sports 24/7 Top Five

1. Ohio State (7-0) OSU has simply been steamrolling everybody. Their latest victim? Northwestern on the road, and it didn’t matter if they played on Pluto: 52-3 Bucks.

2. Alabama (7-0) They haven’t played a true cupcake, but Tennessee is on its last legs this season. Bama’ won by 22 at home in Crimson Tide fashion.

3. Clemson (7-0) Also have been fairly tested, perhaps a little too much. Playing at Louisville though was easy work, 45-10.

4. LSU (6-0) The Bayou Bengals came out of the huge Florida victory, and did not disappoint, beating Miss St easily away from home.

5. Oklahoma (6-0) They annihilated WVU at home 52-14, Jalen Hurts is looking phenomenal.

Dropped Out: Wisconsin

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

1. SMU (7-0) Barely beating Tulsa in triple overtime? Not impressive. Beating a ranked Temple team by 24? Very impressive, Pony UP.

2. Cincinnati (6-1) A little ugly but UC holds on versus Tulsa to keep major bowl hopes alive.

3. Memphis (5-1) The Tigers played a very skilled Tulane team, and dominated the entire game.

4. Navy (4-1) Navy shoots up to fourth on this list with a convincing trounce of USF, 35-3.

5. App State (5-0) They remain undefeated after obliterating ULM, but it’s hard to see them rise above teams on this list with Sun Belt opponents.

Dropped Out: Boise State, UCF

Bengals Continue to Plummet

Cincinnati lost to Baltimore 23-17 to fall to 0-6. Andy Dalton threw an interception but no touchdown passes on 235 yards passing. The one Bengal offensive TD was by a 5-yard run by Dalton late in the fourth quarter. Baltimore’s (4-2) Lamar Jackson threw for 236 yards and ran for a TD as well. ┬áBrandon Wilson returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a Cincy TD. Cincinnati is the only 0-6 team in the NFL, although rated 28th of 32 teams (Sports-Reference).

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Andy Dalton (Will Newton-Getty Images)

The Bengals host the Jaguars (2-4) Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. TV: CBS Radio: 700 WLW

Cincy Takes Care of Houston

The Bearcats marched into TDECU Stadium and came out with a 38-23 win over Houston. UC improved to 5-1, while Houston fell to 1-4*. QB Desmond Ridder threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while running for another. AP No. 25 Cincinnati was just outside of the coaches’ top 25, but jumped to No. 21 in both polls after the win. The Bearcat defense forced five turnovers including a pick-six by Perry Young.  Oct 12, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Rashad Medaris (17) celebrates after his touchdown in the first quarter of the game between Houston Cougars and Cincinnati Bearcats at TDECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
WR Rashad Medaris (Maria Lysaker)

Cincinnati plays Tulsa at home Saturday. TV: ESPNU Radio: 700 WLW Time: 3:30 PM

*FBS wins only

Sports 24/7 Top Five

1. Ohio State They were off this week, but have looked dominant in every game
2. Alabama Took care of A&M for a convincing win on the road
3. Wisconsin Blew out Michigan State 38-0, Jonathan Taylor is Heisman candidate
4. Clemson Overwhelmed Florida State at home
5. Oklahoma Major victory over Texas in the Red River Shootout

Sports 24/7 Under the Radar

1. Cincinnati Victory over UCF reigns big, only loss is a blowout at Ohio State, strength of schedule is top 10
2. SMU Undefeated, have win at TCU
3. Boise State Undefeated but have lost starting quarterback
4. UCF Two losses but still an explosive team to watch
5. Appalachian State Undefeated, ranked in top 25, have win at UNC.