Cincinnati moves to the College Football Center

Cincinnati moves to the College Football Center

Cincinnati moved into her spot for the College Football Playoff on Tuesday night, climbing to fourth behind Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama.

No team outside the Power Five conferences has been selected in the semifinals in the seven years prior to a College Football game.

Ohio State (10-1) climbed to second from fourth thanks to a lopsided win over Michigan State, and Alabama (10-1) slipped to third. Oregon’s loss to Utah cleared up space in the top four and Cincinnati took it, moving up one place.

With a full game weekend fast approaching, one filled with playoff championship trails and conventions, Cincinnati (11-0) has a realistic path to a watershed no matter what happens around the Bearcats.

“We’re constantly trying to assure our guys that we have a way to cut it,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said in an interview with ESPN. “Recognition of merit”.

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Cincinnati plays East Carolina (7-4) on Friday and then meets Houston (10-1), seeded 24 by the committee, in the US Athletics Championships game on December 4.

Prior to this season, no team from the so-called Group of Five Conference had ever been rated better than seventh by the CFP Selection Committee.

Michigan (10-1) is the fifth en route to its game against Ohio State that should produce the best shot in the Big Ten for the playoff.

Notre Dame (10-1) is in sixth place. The only Irish Fighting loss is for Cincinnati.

Oklahoma State (10-1) in seventh is the highest-ranked Big 12 team.

Selection committee chair Gary Barta, who is also Iowa’s athletic director, said the Bearkats were compared to the three teams above and below when the group qualified for the top 25 this week.

“The strength of the schedule is always up for conversation with Cincinnati,” Barta said, but added that the Bearcats’ 48-14 win against SMU (8-3) didn’t leave much to complain about this week.

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Oklahoma’s Big 12 rivals Baylor (8th, 9-2) and Oklahoma (10, 10-1) round out the top ten with Mississippi (9-2) between them.

The Sooners play in Oklahoma State on Saturday in a game that will help determine who plays in the 12th big title game.

The final CFP rankings will be revealed on December 5 and the top four teams will play in the semi-finals on December 31 in the Orange and Cotton Basins. The national championship game is scheduled for January 10 in Indianapolis.

Is Cincinnati controlling its gaming hopes?

It certainly sounds like it, but calling it a “slam dunk” is probably an exaggeration. This is the scenario that makes things more dangerous for the Bearcats even if they remain undefeated.

– Alabama edges out Georgia in the Southeast Conference championship game, leaving the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs 12-1 and easy options to be in the field of four. Obviously, Alabama with a competitive loss to Georgia would also remain in the mix, despite not having a team that has lost twice in the playoff.

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If any team is going to break this precedent, Alabama is a good bet.

“They’re both great teams, not just two good teams,” Barta said of Ohio State and Ted.

The winner from Ohio State-Michigan goes on to win the Big Ten, making this team a lock-up to grab a playoff point.

– Oklahoma State – or perhaps Oklahoma – won to leave the Big 12 champion 12-1.

Can Cincinnati beat champion 12-1 in the Big 12 or 11-2 Alabama with a close loss to Georgia?

No team from the Group of Five has been particularly close to finishing in the top four, even an unbeaten team like UCF in 2017 and 18 and Cincinnati last season.

Entering this season, there was little reason to believe the one-loss Power Five Conference Champion would be in danger of finishing behind the undefeated G5 team.

So until that actually happens, feel free to hold in a little skepticism.

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