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Fickell: No. 3 Cincinnati isn't looking past AAC title game

Nov. 30, 2021 02:43 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell won't get drawn into the debate over whether the Bearcats deserve inclusion in the College Football Playoff if they win the AAC title Saturday. “I haven’t answered those questions. Don’t know that I would, regardless...

No. 4 Cincinnati stays unbeaten, beats East Carolina 35-13

Nov. 26, 2021 21:37 PM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — No. 4 Cincinnati looked comfortable playing its first game in playoff position. The Bearcats handled business in their final road game of the season Friday, beating East Carolina 35-13 in a quest to maintain a spot among the top four in the...

No. 4 Cincinnati's steps to historic CFP berth: Win, wait

Nov. 25, 2021 10:27 AM EST

No. 4 Cincinnati is riding a successful formula to the College Football Playoffs: Beat everyone on its schedule and wait out the other contenders in front of the Bearcats in the rankings. The Bearcats (11-0, 7-0 American Athletic Conference; CFP No. 4) are looking for a...

Cincinnati moves into College Football Playoff position

Nov. 23, 2021 20:46 PM EST

Cincinnati moved into position to make the College Football Playoff on Tuesday night, climbing a spot to fourth behind Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. A team from outside the Power Five conferences has never been selected for the semifinals in the previous seven years of...

Ridder does everything for No. 3 Cincinnati in rout of SMU

Nov. 20, 2021 20:31 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw three touchdown passes, ran for another score and even caught a TD pass to help No. 3 Cincinnati roll past SMU 48-14 on Saturday. Alec Pierce had a pair of TD catches for the Bearcats (11-0, 7-0 American Athletic). They extended...

No. 3 Cincinnati will try to keep the heat on against SMU

Nov. 18, 2021 03:11 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — No. 3 Cincinnati will try to keep its College Football Playoff dream alive on Saturday against one of the better teams in the American Athletic Conference. The Bearcats' matchup with SMU may not have the same luster as it would have had before the...

Ridder breaks Cincinnati TD record, No. 2 Bearcats beat USF

Nov. 12, 2021 22:50 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes to break the Cincinnati career record and ran for a score to help the No. 2 Bearcats beat South Florida 45-28 on Friday night. Cincinnati (10-0, 6-0 American Athletic, No. 5 CFP), one of four unbeaten FBS...

No. 2 Cincinnati favored to stay on roll at South Florida

Nov. 11, 2021 16:02 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Second-ranked Cincinnati understands what’s at stake. The Bearcats (9-0, 5-0) will try to remain unbeaten, move a step closer to a return to the American Athletic Conference championship game and bolster their case for a spot in the College Football...

AP Top 25 Takeaways: Surprise contenders Wake, MSU upset

Nov. 06, 2021 23:48 PM EDT

When the first College Football Playoff rankings come out, it is tempting to play What if? What if this team wins out? What if that team remains unbeaten? What would the CFP field look like then? It's a fun game, but usually the teams that most...

No. 2 Cincinnati holds off Tulsa 28-20 to improve to 9-0

Nov. 06, 2021 20:51 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tulsa’s Steven Anderson fumbled as he was reaching for the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Jabari Taylor recovered for a touchback and No. 2 Cincinnati held off Tulsa 28-20 on Saturday. Desmond Ridder threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns,...