A week after the University of Cincinnati soccer team lost a spot in the college football playoff rankings, they dropped one more spot on Tuesday night.
The Bearcats, who have not played since beating UCF on November 21, fell from 8th to 9th in the most recent rankings of the 13-person selection committee of the College Football Playoffs, without UC having a chance to make the first group his of five team to crack the playoffs.
Cincinnati (8-0, 6-0 American Athletic Conference) now has two teams losing two at the Southeastern Conference (No. 8 Georgia and No. 7 Florida) and one team losing two No. 6 Iowa State from the Big 12 that’s blocking its way to the playoffs.
“When it comes to Cincinnati, the committee has always valued Cincinnati,” said Gary Barta, chairman of the college football playoffs selection committee, who is also the Iowa director of sport. “We haven’t had a chance to see them play since November 21, and the teams around them, the teams before them, have played two or three games that we could rate. And one of the things that count.” Cincinnati back, great team again, they don’t have a top 25 (team) win. “
The Gators (8-2, 8-2 SEC) dropped just one place after their home defeat of 37-34 against an unranked 4-5 LSU team on Saturday.
UC ranks 6th in both the Amway Coaches and Associated Press Top 25 polls. Florida ranks 11th in both polls.
“If I’m Cincinnati, I’m really upset now,” said Joey Galloway, an analyst at ESPN College Football, on the ESPN broadcast Tuesday night. “I’m really not happy that we lost a place every week after we didn’t play. It’s not their fault.”
With only four spots left, Cincinnati’s hopes and the hopes of all other Group of Five programs will be dashed unless the final leaderboard on Sunday (noon on ESPN) has changed radically.
The Bearcats are expected to host No. 23 Tulsa (6-1, 6-0 AAC) in Saturday’s AAC championship game at Nippert Stadium (8pm on ABC).