Cincinnati Bearcats make history in fourth College Football Playoff rankings
The Cincinnati Bearcats made history Tuesday night as the first Group of 5 team to be ranked in the top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings. The CFP rankings will be significantly impacted by the outcomes of Rivalry Week and Championship Week, but Luke Fickell’s squad is in a great position to potentially make the CFP.
Cincinnati moving up to No. 4 was the talk of Tuesday night.
Kirk Herbstreit reacts to Cincinnati being at No. 4 in the CFP rankings. 🏈 pic.twitter.com/HHmh4zReLt
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) November 24, 2021
As one might expect, college football media can’t help itself from rooting for an underdog (er, undercat) story. Here’s a small sample of the excitement surrounding Cincy’s new ranking:
Cincinnati finally becomes the first G5 team in history to be ranked No. 4 or better. That's awesome.
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) November 24, 2021
Said this four weeks ago:
Cincinnati is getting in if it wins out.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 24, 2021
Just my opinion, but I don’t think the committee would put an 11-0 team in the top four and later drop them out after a top-25 win.
I feel like undefeated Cincinnati gets in now. But a Georgia win over Alabama would really help.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) November 24, 2021
Disagree with Kirk. 12-1 Big 12 champ Oklahoma State with three Top 15 wins would definitely pass Cincinnati.
Less sure about OU b/c of the hole they've dug.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 24, 2021
CINCINNATI MAKES THE TOP FOUR! Only one thing left to do, Bearcats: pic.twitter.com/jw2wQNTQTb
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 24, 2021
Cincinnati finally being in the top 4 of the CFP rankings pic.twitter.com/LYlixrpjWt
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 24, 2021
CINCY!! GUYS WE DID IT.
— Paige Kuhn (@ThatSportsPaige) November 24, 2021
JUSTICE FOR CINCINNATI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Mia O'Brien (@MiaOBrienTV) November 24, 2021
Cincinnati faces East Carolina and then No. 24 Houston in the AAC Championship Game.