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The first edition of the college football playoff standings for the 2020 season will be revealed on Tuesday, and one of the biggest questions of the outing will be where Non 7 Cincinnati will be and if he’s close enough to the top. four for the Bearcats to be considered a college football playoff contender Of course, that’s if Cincinnati can go undefeated with a major road test against American Athletic Conference rivals UCF on Saturday

Never before has a team outside the Power Five made it to the college football playoffs, but Bearcats fans are hoping this season, with never-before-seen circumstances in the sport, could also include the downfall of this trend in the game. playoff era Cincinnati has the argument for having more data points than a Wisconsin or Oregon, who have only played two games apiece, and AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco argues that having to ” to fight for a long season “should play an important role when the committee debates the best teams in the country

But while many teams have struggled for a long season, Cincinnati dominates Its 7-0 record includes four wins against teams with current records of 500 or more and the Bearcats are averaging 416 points per game in Allowing only 124 points per game UCF presents an interesting challenge in the midst of this CFP debate, not only because it was the Knights who were closest to crashing in their unbeaten 2017 season, but because it was a 27-24 Bearcats win last season that signaled a change of guard in the AAC East There is no division in the conference this season, but familiarity and rivalry remain Cincinnati knows it can’t look past UCF for Tuesday’s standings release and the Knights would love nothing more than to throw a wrench in the Bearcats’ playoff crash plans

Cincinnati: The main reason the Bearcats should be taken seriously as a candidate to go undefeated and fight for a place in the college football playoffs has been the improvement in offense throughout the season. season Desmond Ridder was punched for much of 2019 and seemed to be a limiting factor on offense at times, but now he’s the reason this side of the ball is thriving. In the last four games, Ridder has accounted for 17 touchdowns, 886 passing yards and 398 rushing yards at 105 yards per attempt According to Cincinnati, the last FBS player to hit all those numbers in a four-game span was Lamar Jackson in his 2018 Heisman Trophy season Ridder is going to be a key stabilizing presence for the Bearcats as they try to go undefeated on a three-game road to close out the season, but there’s no one else the Cincinnati fans would rather have under center. The Bearcats have won 87% of Ridder’s 31 starts, giving him the fourth-best winning percentage among FBS quarterbacks behind Trevor Lawrence, Ian Book and Zac Thomas of Appalachian State.

UCF: There is a real pride factor on the line here with a chance for a quality win and return to the conference championship race, even though some of the bigger goals from previous seasons appear to be out. About Josh Huepel and this Knights staff are not interested in hearing any stories or tales suggesting UCF’s time as a giant is over Overwhelming offensive firepower remains, as UCF leads the country with 6,191 yards per game – a pace that would put the Knights in jeopardy for the FBS record held by the 1989 Houston Cougars (6,249) – but back-to-back losses to Tulsa and Memphis limited expectations Why should expectations be limited? UCF lost those two games by a total of nine points, and Saturday is a great opportunity to remind the whole country how close this team is to being undefeated themselves and worthy of being in the conversation in as the best AAC team

Date: Saturday, November 21 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Location: Bounce House – Orlando, FloridaTV: ESPN | Live streaming: fuboTV (try free)

UCF have won 21 straight games at the Bounce House heading into the season and are just a few possessions away from being undefeated The Knights’ strength (attacking, assists in particular) fits perfectly with Cincinnati’s strength and last year that led to a game with a lower score than UCF. This year I think it’s breaking the other way and we’ve got a shootout in our hands that’s either a narrow win in Cincinnati or an outright upheaval for the underdogs at home.Choice: UCF (45)

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