Cincinnati puts together another incomplete win, plus championship game scenarios

Is another incomplete efficiency going to be sufficient for Cincinnati?

The No. 4 Bearcats regarded properly on their approach to placing together a beatdown of a seven-win East Carolina staff on the street, leaping out to a 21-3 halftime lead Friday that felt as if it ought to be greater. The Bearcats outgained the Pirates 325-77 and have been in whole management. The trap-game entice appeared to have been prevented.

Then the second half started, and Cincinnati displayed its maddening inconsistency. Sure, it will definitely walked away with a 35-13 win that appears adequate on paper, and maybe the committee was waltzing by means of malls on Black Friday. If it was in entrance of TVs, nonetheless, it noticed a second half that featured simply 119 extra yards from a Cincinnati offense that was held off the scoreboard till a tack-on landing with 1:44 left. Desmond Ritter had two interceptions and the offense punted thrice earlier than scoring that one closing time. Sauce Gardner’s TD return of a blocked area aim try early within the fourth quarter saved the Bearcats from additional stress.


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Still, the mission to go 12-0 has been achieved, and a matchup with a ranked Houston staff awaits within the AAC championship game. That closing alternative to impress the committee might be going down in the identical time slot as Georgia-Alabama on Championship Saturday, so there might be divided consideration within the secret suites in Grapevine, Texas.

Championship game scenarios

Here is the place we sit coming into the ultimate regular-season Saturday concerning convention championship video games subsequent weekend.



Pittsburgh wrapped up the Coastal Division final week and awaits N.C. State or Wake Forest. Should the Deacons win at Boston College of their Saturday midday game, they may win their first Atlantic Division crown since 2006. The ACC championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET in Charlotte, N.C.

Big Ten

The East Division championship might be claimed by the Ohio State-Michigan winner; The Game will kick off at midday ET in Ann Arbor. In the West, Wisconsin will get in with a win at Minnesota. Should the Gophers spring the upset, then Iowa will win the West. The Big Ten title game might be Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET in Indianapolis.

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Big 12

Oklahoma State is in. If Baylor wins at midday ET over Texas Tech, that may arrange a do-or-die scenario for Oklahoma in Bedlam at 7:30 p.m. ET. Sooners win, it is going to be Bedlam 2. OU loses, Baylor will go. Should Baylor lose the early game, we’re assured a Bedlam 2 regardless of the result of Bedlam 1. The Big 12 championship might be at midday ET on Dec. 4 in Arlington, Texas.


Utah awaits the Pac-12 North winner. With its win within the Apple Cup on Friday evening, Washington State stays alive and can face Utah if Oregon loses Saturday afternoon to Oregon State. If Oregon wins, it is going to be an Oregon-Utah rematch. The Pac-12 championship game is Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. ET in Las Vegas.


Georgia and Alabama will face off in Atlanta on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. ET Alabama has overwhelmed Georgia within the groups’ earlier two SEC title game conferences.


Cincinnati will get a seventh house game because it hosts Houston, a staff it performed final yr and beat 38-10 at Nippert Stadium. The contest will kick off Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. ET on ABC.

Conference USA

UTSA will host the winner of Saturday’s Marshall-Western Kentucky game on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.


Northern Illinois will tackle the winner of Saturday’s Kent State-Miami (Ohio) game at Ford Field in Detroit for the convention championship. That game might be Friday at 7 p.m. ET. 


Mountain West

San Diego State and Utah State clinched spots with wins Friday. The Aztecs (11-1) will “host” the game at their non permanent house in Carson, Calif., and attempt to attain 12 wins for the primary time in class historical past. Kickoff might be at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 4.

Sun Belt

Appalachian State and Louisiana have locked up spots within the title game. Louisiana beat App State 41-13 earlier this season and can host the rematch at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 4.

Friday’s leftovers

— If Nebraska is to discover ways to write a brand new ending to its weekly script, it must wait till subsequent yr. The Huskers but once more misplaced a one-score game, this time after freely giving a 15-point second-half lead. Iowa beat Nebraska 28-21, the Huskers’ eighth one-score lack of the season. Iowa’s comeback was sparked by Kyler Fisher’s return of a blocked punt for a landing early within the fourth quarter, which reduce Nebraska’s result in 21-16. “The blocked punt was the game,” Nebraska coach Scott Frost stated. Nebraska finishes 3-9 (1-8 Big Ten) and, most extremely, with a zero level differential in convention video games due to its 56-7 win over Northwestern.

— Arkansas put a really tasty cherry on high of its sundae of a season Friday with a 34-17 win over Missouri. Quarterback Ok.J. Jefferson was 15 for 19 for 262 yards and a landing, and Treylon Burks caught seven passes for 129 yards. The Razorbacks completed 8-4 (4-4 SEC) after being assigned an over/underneath win whole of 5.5 in the summertime. Second-year coach Sam Pittman has re-energized a passionate fan base and his knack for recruiting makes it really feel as if the SEC West might be coping with the Razorbacks for fairly a while.

— For the primary time in 55 days, Texas tasted victory. First-year coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns took down Kansas State 22-17 due to a powerful second-half defensive exhibiting as Texas shut out the Wildcats. Roschon Johnson had 179 yards and a landing on 31 carries. Texas nonetheless has an outdoor shot at a bowl bid even at 5-7. Either approach, this would be the first shedding season in Austin since Charlie Strong had three straight shedding seasons from 2014-16.

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— When San Diego State performs in a nationwide game, it’s important to examine in on superhuman punter Matt Araiza. Friday, he averaged 47.5 yards on six punts, with a protracted of 61 and a web of 44.2. He even will get his kicks put to music at this level.

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