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 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.

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

Cincinnati Knocks off UCF

The Bearcats needed a signature win, and they got it Friday night. Cincinnati (4-1) defeated UCF(3-2)* 27-24 in front of a sold out crowd. The Knights were ranked 18th in the AP poll, 19th in the coaches, and 26th by sports reference while Cincinnati was rated 12th by SR. Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and the Bearcats had three interceptions (1 TD) on defense. Thanks a 4-1 record and a top-ten schedule, Cincinnati is ranked in the AP Top 25.
Michael Warren II #3 of the Cincinnati Bearcats gets tackled by Nate Evans #44 and Eriq Gilyard #10 of the Central Florida Knights in the first quarter. (Getty)
Getty Images, Michael Warren II
The Cats’ will play at Houston next week (Saturday 10/12). TV: ESPN2 Radio: 700 WLW  Time: 3:30 p.m.

Sports 24/7 Top Five:

Ohio State: Blew out Michigan State 34-10, and a 42-point win over Cincy is looking better every week
Alabama: Their best win is versus Duke, but it was 42-3
Wisconsin: The 21 point victory over Michigan was solid
Clemson: Beating A&M by 14, best performance, but won by a single point at UNC
Oklahoma: Playing Texas at the Cotton Bowl will show us how good they actually are, because their strength of schedule has been lacking
Sports 24/7 Under the Radar:

Cincinnati: Beating UCF was huge, have played a very difficult schedule, only loss to Ohio State
SMU: Pulled off a miracle 3OT win over Tulsa to remain undefeated and TCU victory on the road impressive
Memphis: Win over Navy is strong
Boise State: They have the win at Florida State, but that’s as good as it gets
Appalachian St.: The Mountaineers have the UNC victory on the road, but playing in the Sun Belt will not help strength of schedule

*FBS wins only

Bearcats Win Again

The Boston Red Sox World Series victory may have been the major sports event, but there was also college football. The Cincinnati Bearcats took care of the Memphis Tigers Wednesday night, with a 34-21 victory. The game was televised on ESPN2. Bearcats’ QB Brendon Kay threw for over 300 yards and a TD, RB Tion Green scored two TD’s, and WR Anthony McClung had 98 yards receiving and a TD catch. The Bearcats trailed early 7-0, but stormed into the lead, not looking back.

Cincinnati has now won three games in a row, and improves to 6-2 (3-1 in AAC). Memphis falls to 1-6 (0-4 in AAC).

American Athletic Conference Standings

TEAM CONF OVR
Houston 3-0 6-1
#23 UCF 3-0 6-1
#19 Louisville 3-1 7-1
Cincinnati 3-1 6-2
Southern Methodist 2-1 3-4
South Florida 2-1 2-5
Rutgers 1-2 4-3
Connecticut 0-3 0-7
Memphis 0-4 1-6
Temple 0-4 1-7

 

Belk Bowl Champs

Thursday, the Cincinnati Bearcats (10-3) took care of the Duke Blue Devils (6-7) 48-34 in the Belk Bowl. Duke jumped out to 16-0 lead, and Cincinnati’s weakened coaching staff appeared lost. But the Bearcats scored 17 consecutive points to enter halftime, leading 17-16. The game went back and forth, and was tied at 34-34, when Duke had the ball inside the Bearcats’ 5 yard line. But a disastrous fumble for the Blue Devils, gave the Bearcats a chance to take the lead. Brendon Kay threw a 84 yard TD pass to Travis Kelce, to give UC the lead. A late interception-TD sealed a Cincinnati victory.

 

 

2013 Bearcats Football Schedule

Aug. 31 vs. Purdue
Sept. 7 at Illinois
Sept. 14 vs. Northwestern State
Sept. 21 at Miami Univ.
TBD Boise State
TBD @Memphis
TBD Louisville
TBD @Rutgers
TBD Connecticut
TBD @San Diego State
TBD Central Florida
TBD @South Florida

Bold=Conference Games

Big East Conference 2013:

East Division:
UCF
Cincinnati
Connecticut
Louisville
Rutgers
USF
West Division:
Boise State
Houston
Memphis
SD State
SMU
Temple

Note: There will be a Big East Championship Game between the East and West champions.