After defeating Tulsa 24-13 in week 8, the Cincinnati Bearcats are 6-1 this means that they’re bowl eligible for a 2nd instantly season, in Luke Fickell’s 3rd yr as head trainer.

This is the issue with being bowl eligible within the American Athletic Convention – the bowl tie-ins are horrible. The choices come with Army (simply did that), Hawaii, Birmingham, Boca, Frisco, Remedy, and the Unhealthy Boy Garden Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. No longer this sort of video games will get you excited.

That’s why Cincinnati must simply pass with plan A – win the “Staff of 5” get admission to bowl bid. In the event you don’t know the location, some of the Staff of 5 meetings (AAC, Mountain West, C-USA, Solar Belt, MAC), the convention champion with the easiest score within the ultimate CFB Playoff ratings will obtain an automated bowl bid to one of the most New 12 months’s Six bowls, which in 2019 may be the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas (according to how the bowl video games rotate their alternatives for at-large groups).

How can Cincinnati declare the Cotton Bowl bid?

Step 1 – Win AAC, by way of successful out

Let’s forget about the opposite components now and the presence of alternative doable convention champions and concentrate on what Cincinnati can regulate. Bearcats have Five video games left – @ ECU, UConn, @ USF, Temple, @ Memphis. If Cincinnati wins all 5, they’ll win the AAC East department and play within the AAC Championship recreation. In the event that they win that, and end 12-1, with the lone loss being to Ohio State, there must be certainly this workforce receives the easiest score.

In Five years of the program, the AAC has had the easiest ranked G5 champion three times (Houston in 2015 and UCF in 2017, 2018). The opposite two years the bid went to the Mountain West (Boise St in 2014) and MAC (Western Michigan (2016).

It’s additionally imaginable if Cincinnati slips as soon as, they might nonetheless probably be within the combine. However the one approach they may be able to qualify is that if they win the AAC Championship, so any slip usacan’t have an effect on their total status within the East department.

Step 2 – Boise State and Appalachian State wish to lose

Ahead of week 8, Boise State was once the transparent front-runner for the Cotton Bowl. Say what you are going to about their comfortable time table and the vulnerable Mountain West in 2019, however an undefeated Boise State was once now not going to get handed over for a 1-loss Cincinnati or 1-loss AAC champion generally. On Saturday, Boise misplaced to BYU, a major blow to their possibilities. It’s nonetheless imaginable Boise can pass 12-1 and make an issue that their resume is best than 12-1 Cincinnati (resume would now not realistically be more potent). It might lend a hand in the event that they lose another recreation, simply to be protected. They host Wyoming on 11/Nine and pass to Utah State on 11/23. The ones are the in all probability losses at this level, prior to the MWC Championship, which might most likely function them towards San Diego State or Fresno State.

Appalachian State is hard. They’re lately unbeaten with a win over UNC and a recreation towards South Carolina arising. Now, two wins over the “energy 5” is no doubt worthy of attention, however the ones two groups would possibly each end round 6-6 and the remainder of the Solar Belt is mediocre at perfect. I had a amusing argument with fanatics on twitter about why an unbeaten App State can be neglected. Amongst many causes is the energy of time table argument, but additionally the entire cash argument. Is Appalachian State vs Notre Dame going to usher in extra income than Cincinnati vs Notre Dame, and even SMU vs Notre Dame? I extremely doubt it, particularly while you imagine SMU can be taking part in at “house” and Cincinnati has the Brian Kelly storyline. Take into accout, faculty soccer is all about cash. No longer equity. Merely put, Appalachian State has 3 tricky video games final and a loss will get rid of them from the image – @ South Carolina (11/9), @ Georgia State (11/16), @ Troy (11/29).

Step 3 – Simply win

Did I say this already? Smartly, I’ll say it once more – simply stay successful. It’s amusing to fret and take into consideration these things. It’s amusing to take into consideration what a unique season this may well be. And there are no doubt some boundaries and different groups that may make issues tough for Cincinnati to succeed in their targets, however the hot button is in the event that they win out in the course of the AAC Championship, the entirety will paintings itself out and the Bearcats shall be taking part in in Dallas on December 28.

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