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.

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.

Notre Dame Joins ACC

Teams are leaving from the Big East left and right, and Notre Dame can be added to the same list that includes West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. The Fighting Irish will be a non-football member in 2014, meaning the football program will keep its tradition of being independent, while all of the other sports will belong to the ACC. However, Notre Dame football will play five ACC teams per year.

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