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Cincinnati tight end Leonard Taylor (11) is stopped by Central Florida defensive back Richie Grant (27) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

No. 7 Cincinnati stays unbeaten with 36-33 win over UCF

Nov. 21, 2020 9:08 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — No. 7 Cincinnati found itself in a four-quarter struggle for the first time all season and Desmond Ridder and the Bearcats showed they can take a punch. Ridder threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Cincinnati defeated Central Florida 36-33 Saturday to head into the...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, file photo, Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, rear, celebrates a touchdown with teammates Alec Pierce (12) and Cam Jones (18) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis in Cincinnati. An unusual college football season has produced some unexpected unbeaten teams dotting the AP Top 25 with about a month left. Led by No. 7  Cincinnati and No. 8 BYU, five teams from outside the Power Five conferences have yet to lose. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

No. 7 Cincinnati bracing for challenge from AAC rival UCF

Nov. 19, 2020 2:10 PM EST

No. 7 Cincinnati (7-0, 5-0 American Athletic Conference) at UCF (5-2, 4-2), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN). Line: Cincinnati by 6. Series record: UCF 3-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Cincinnati looks to remain unbeaten, ranked in the Top 10 and on track to appear in the AAC championship game. With an upset, UCF can...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder scrambles as he looks for a receiver during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 55-17. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

UCF looking to spoil No. 7 Cincinnati's unbeaten season

Nov. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EST

The regular season is winding down and UCF finds itself in the unaccustomed role of potential spoiler instead of front-runner in the American Athletic Conference. No. 7 Cincinnati (7-0, 5-0 AAC) visits the Knights (5-2, 4-2) in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, looking to remain unbeaten, ranked among the...

Cincinnati wide receiver Michael Young Jr. holds the ball up as he scores a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Ridder, No. 7 Cincinnati roll over East Carolina, 55-17

Nov. 14, 2020 12:21 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Desmond Ridder had another big game, and Cincinnati’s defense got some revenge. Ridder threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help No. 7 Cincinnati rout East Carolina 55-17 on Friday night. Cincinnati (7-0, 5-0 American Athletic) extended its...

Cincinnati running back Gerrid Doaks, left, reacts as quarterback Desmond Ridder, right, scores a rushing touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Houston, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Struggling East Carolina is next up for No. 7 Cincinnati

Nov. 12, 2020 2:39 PM EST

East Carolina (1-5, 1-4 American Athletic Conference) at No. 7 Cincinnati (6-0, 4-0), Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2). Line: Cincinnati by 27 1/2. Series record: East Carolina leads 13-10. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Cincinnati is looking to extend its school-record 19-game home winning streak while also keeping...

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, center, carries the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Houston, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

East Carolina next to try to slow down No. 7 Cincinnati

Nov. 12, 2020 11:49 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati has had one of the nation's stingiest defenses the past three years. But last season, East Carolina scored 43 points and piled up 638 yards against the Bearcats. Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said his returning defensive players haven't forgotten. “For us, it’s a...

Cincinnati running back Gerrid Doaks, center, carries the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Houston, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Doaks, Ridder help No. 6 Cincinnati run past Houston 38-10

Nov. 7, 2020 8:23 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Gerrid Doaks believes Cincinnati deserves a shot at the College Football Playoff. He added the Bearcats' resume with a stellar performance Saturday. Doaks rushed for a career-high 184 yards, Desmond Ridder ran for three scores and threw for another, and No. 6 Cincinnati rolled to a 38-10...

Cincinnati running back Gerrid Doaks (23) cruises into the end zone in front of SMU safety Roderick Roberson, Jr. (13) on a touchdown run during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Dallas. Cincinnati won 42-13. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Houston next up as No. 6 Cincinnati keeps eye on playoffs

Nov. 5, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Houston (2-2, 2-1 American Athletic) at No. 6 Cincinnati (5-0, 3-0), Saturday at 3:30 EST (ABC). Line: Cincinnati by 13 1/2. Series record: Houston leads 15-11. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Cincinnati has won 17 straight home games, a school record, and is still hoping to crash the College Football Playoff as the only...

Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford, left, celebrates a touchdown against Memphis during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Cincinnati. (Photo by Gary Landers)

No. 6 Cincinnati focuses on Houston amid playoff buzz

Nov. 5, 2020 11:45 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell isn’t insulating his players from the national buzz surrounding the Bearcats program. He believes they are mature enough to handle it. “It’s not to say it’s the elephant in the room and we don’t talk about it,”...

Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) returns an interception for a touchdown against Mississippi State  during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Clemson, Alabama close to rare tie

Nov. 2, 2020 2:22 PM EST

Four times in the 84-year history of The Associated Press college football poll, there has been a tie for No. 1, and not since Aug. 26, 2002. If a single voter who placed Clemson No. 1 and Alabama No. 2 on Sunday had instead flipped the Tigers and Crimson Tide, the Top 25 would have had tie No. 5. Alas, a chance...