No. 5 Cincinnati staying focused on South Florida

No. 5 Cincinnati staying focused on South Florida


Despite recent close calls, Cincinnati climbed to a spot in the College Football Playoff rankings this week and will finish fifth when they face struggling South Florida in Friday night’s America Sports game in Tampa.

The Bearcats (9-0, 5-0 AAC) enter the game over three contact favorites over the bulls (2-7, 1-4).

Last week’s win over Tulsa was the Bearcats’ second by one point in their last three games after their 56-21 defeat by UCF on Oct. Fourth quarter strength of 10 points, then kept Tulsa outside the end zone eight times inside the 12-yard line in the last two minutes for a 28-20 win.

Tulsa had three chances from Cincy’s 1-yard streak in the last minute and couldn’t score, flailing in the end zone in the final play.

“I think we’ve learned more from her,” Beerkats coach Luc Weckel said at his weekly briefing. “I think our guys recognized the way everyone is playing and the way they have to keep pushing and fighting and doing whatever it takes. We have to keep fighting.”

Quarterback Desmond Reader dismissed the idea that the CFP ratings and all the talk that goes with that puts additional pressure on the Bearcats.

“I would say it’s fun,” Reeder said. “It’s fun to see our name as the University of Cincinnati and our program there. I wouldn’t say it added stress or anything else.

“As Coach Fekl says, all we care about is winning the conference championship. Once we do that, everything will take care of itself, so we just play one game at a time. It’s a blessing, an opportunity to be involved and be a part of that and bring the city and the community with us.”

Ridder is interested in more direct things, like hitting lead racer Jerome Ford (888 yards). Ford left last week’s game against Tulsa with a leg injury, and his status for this week is unknown.

“I hope he plays as much as everyone else because he rushes back nicely,” said Rieder.

Ridder is Cincinnati’s second leading pony with a 214-yard field. Ryan Montgomery rushed for 174 yards.

The FA has lost its last two games since ending a long losing streak in the Conference with a 34-14 victory over Temple on October 23, but second-year coach Jeff Scott said he saw some good things in the 54-42 loss to Houston last week. .

“I am disappointed that the match ended and not being able to achieve what would have been a nice surprise there, but some of the things I see about this team have really encouraged me,” he said.

Scott is well aware of the task the Bulls face hosting the Bearcats.

He said, “In order to make a disturbance like that, you have to be at your best for four quarters.”

–Field Media Level

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