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Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) breaks away from SMU linebacker Trevor Denbow (16) on a touchdown run during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Dallas. Cincinnati won 42-13 and Ridder finished with 179 yards rushing. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

No. 7 Cincinnati looks to avenge losses to Memphis

Oct. 29, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati played Memphis twice in a span of eight days last season, in the final regular-season game and again in the American Athletic Conference championship. Both games were close, but both were losses for the Bearcats. “It comes down to the last six minutes in both those...

SMU quarterback Shane Buechele (7) is tackled by Cincinnati linebacker Jarrell White (8) for a loss during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Ridder runs, passes No. 19 Cincinnati past No. 16 SMU, 42-13

Oct. 25, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Desmond Ridder had an upset stomach that briefly sent him to the injury tent. On the field, the Cincinnati quarterback was nothing but trouble for SMU. Ridder ran for 179 yards on only eight carries and scored three touchdowns, including a 91-yarder in the fourth quarter. He also threw for...

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2020, file photo, SMU head coach Sonny Dykes watches his team during an NCAA college football game against Tulane in New Orleans.  A meeting of undefeated Group of Five teams when No. 9 Cincinnati plays the No. 16 Mustangs on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, the American Athletic Conference’s top defense trying to stop one of the league's best offenses, and the first game matching Top 25 teams since SMU (5-0, 3-0 AAC) resumed playing on campus three decades ago. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)

Cincinnati-SMU a Top 25 game like no other on Dallas campus

Oct. 22, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — There has never been a game quite like this on the SMU campus. A meeting of undefeated Group of Five teams when No. 9 Cincinnati plays the No. 16 Mustangs on Saturday night. The American Athletic Conference’s top defense trying to stop one of the league's best offenses, and the first...

Cincinnati wide receiver Jayshon Jackson (2) makes a catch against South Florida defensive back Mike Hampton (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

No. 15 Cincinnati rolls past South Florida, 28-7

Oct. 3, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati wanted to establish the running game Saturday against South Florida, and an early fumble by Gerrid Doaks didn't discourage them from having the senior running back carry the load. Doaks ran for 102 yards and a touchdown, Tre Tucker returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score and...

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell instructs his team against Army during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati beat Army 24-10. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 15 Cincinnati can't overlook rebuilding South Florida

Oct. 1, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Even though South Florida was routed 52-0 by Notre Dame and then sat for a week due to COVID-19 issues, Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell is wary of the rebuilding Bulls. South Florida gave the No. 15 Bearcats a rollicking game in each of their last two meetings. The teams face off again in their American Athletic...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Clemson during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal in Glendale, Ariz. When Fields got together with some of his teammates last Saturday to watch college football on TV, the mood was dark. “Distraught,” Fields said. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Big Ten back in poll, not on field

Sep. 28, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

There was no way this was going to turn out anything but odd, and it's not going to get easier going forward. The college football season will not have all 10 FBS conferences playing until the first week of November. In the Associated Press college football poll, however, all Division I teams that plan to play in...

Army defensive back Javhari Bourdeau, left, tackles Cincinnati wide receiver Jayshon Jackson after a catch during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 14 Cincinnati holds off No. 22 Army, 24-10

Sep. 26, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati wanted to add a game to its non-conference schedule after some games were lost due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. When the Bearcats decided to put Army on the slate, Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell knew it would be a challenge. “I tried to reiterate that to...

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell shouts to his team against Austin Peay during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati beat Austin Peay 55-20. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 22 Army seeks road breakthrough at No. 14 Cincinnati

Sep. 24, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — When Cincinnati lost three games from its nonconference schedule, the Bearcats looked around for someone to give them a good test before American Athletic Conference play begins. Army and its daunting triple-option offense were available. Neither side realized what stakes would be...

Cincinnati tight end Josh Whyle, left, grabs a pass over Austin Peay defensive back Kam Ruffin during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati beat Austin Peay 55-20. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 13 Cincinnati rolls past Austin Peay 55-20 in opener

Sep. 19, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — No. 13 Cincinnati had to wait a while to kick off its season. Once it got started, the Bearcats found their stride in a hurry. Gerrid Doaks scored four touchdowns, including a career-high three rushing TDs, and Cincinnati beat Austin Peay 55-20 on Saturday in the Bearcats' season opener....

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell takes the field with his players before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Connecticut, in Cincinnati. Normally, in March, college football teams would be preparing for the upcoming season. Because of the new coronavirus pandemic, coaches are trying to figure out how to recreate some of what has been lost. Fickell said his goal is to try give his players a routine, including workout regimens they can do on their own without access to local gyms. They will also have online meetings with position groups and assistant coaches. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Fickell, No. 13 Cincinnati open vs Austin Peay without fans

Sep. 17, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

Austin Peay (0-2) at No. 13 Cincinnati (0-0), Saturday at noon ET (ESPN+). Line: Cincinnati by 34 1/2. Series record: Cincinnati 6-0. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Bearcats finally get their season going in Nippert Stadium without fans. The teams were scheduled to play Sept. 3 but the game was pushed back because...