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How Cincinnati becomes USC

Posted on: November 16, 2009 12:43 pm

One of the knocks on USC this week is that it got eviscerated by Stanford and still remained in the polls (No. 21 in coaches, No. 22 in AP). Had it been a Clemson or a Missouri, they would have been dropped so far out of the polls they would have needed the Hubble telescope to see No. 25.

But the Trojans are still ranked and still have a slight chance to go to the Rose Bowl through a series of tiebreakers.  How Cincinnati takes on the USC disguise is if it passes TCU in the BCS rankings down the stretch.  Cincy probably has a weaker schedule than TCU but will get a big push from playing Illinois – yes, Illinois – and Pittsburgh in the final two games.

TCU has Wyoming and New Mexico. A jump by Cincinnati could make a huge difference if two of the top three lose. While that’s not likely, imagine the screams you would hear from Fort Worth if Cincinnati played for a national championship over the Frogs.

Think about that: Cincinnati getting to the championship because it has more "name brand" value than ... anyone!

Cincinnati signature victories: Rutgers, Oregon State

TCU signature victories: at Clemson (possible ACC champion), at Virginia, at BYU, Utah. That’s three ranked teams and as many or more ACC wins than four ACC teams.


Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:27 pm

How Cincinnati becomes USC

How does this article even get posted on cbssports site.  I have never seen a more bias and uniformed article in my life.  Actually the writer was probably informed just chose to omit information to make his bias claim.  laughable

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2009 8:05 am

How Cincinnati becomes USC

Don't get me wrong; TCU deserves a BCS bid, however, please note Virignia lost at home to William & Mary.  BYU was bombed out at home by Florida St which a week later was dominated at home by BE fraud, USF (a team Cincy beat up in Tampa) .. and Utah certainly isn't the Utes from last year.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 1:05 am

How Cincinnati becomes USC

Dodd, what is your bias towards cinny? Have you written a positive article about them all year? Even when they are a feature pick on this web site you preface your pick by writing, Brian Kelly, is he still at cincinnati? What a tool!!

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2009 6:47 pm

How Cincinnati becomes USC

Dodd, you're a joke.

I really thought this was some ignorant Joe that just posted a comment while on Sportsline - clearly not having a clue about the pathetic argument he was making.  Then, after a couple minutes of reading responses, I realized that the author was actually a clueless Joe that "works" for Sportsline. 

Get a clue.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2009 5:53 pm

How Cincinnati becomes USC

let me add that Clemson lost to Maryland - we all know Clemson plays when they want to...  Coaching is HORRIBLE.

Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2009 5:10 pm

How Cincinnati becomes USC

Exactly man.  South Florida and West Virginia are signature wins.  Virginia is not. 

If Boise and TCU win out and Cincy also does they are the best team out there.  Their schedule is tougher and this clown writer knows nothing.  Rutgers, Oregon St., South Florida, West Virginia and Pitt who is top 10 is far better than Clemson, BYU, Utah and Air Force.  Also the teams likes Connecticut, Louisville and Syracuse are a ton more talented than TCUs conference bottom feeders.  Boise St. scheduled its way out of this thing.  They need more than Oregon in the non conference schedule to deserve a spot over other undefeated teams. 

Cincy will be the 3rd team if they get by Pitt.  Florida or Alabama will be #1 and Texas will get through at #2.  In all honesty, Texas played a very weak schedule this year themselves.  None of the other Big12 schools are good this year and they are overrating that conference in the polls.  Ok. St. is a Houston victim.  BYU snatched 1 on Oklahoma.  Didn't Houston also get Texas Tech?  The Big 12 doesn't have squat for signature wins. 

So instead of gearing up for a TCU argument.  Get geared up for a Cincy over Texas argument.  Their schedules are about even IMO and the edge Texas gets by having a 13th Championship game over an overrated Big 12 North team will be the only difference in SS.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2009 5:09 pm

How Cincinnati becomes USC

In the big rivalry games coming up, if:
Florida loses at home to Florida State, Nov 28
Alabama loses at Auburn, Nov 27
Texas loses at Texas , Nov 26

If all three leading contenders lose, then TCU and Cincinnati have a shot to play each other for the championship.

Tongue out

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2009 4:25 pm

Why oh why Do I read Dodd.

The article was fine until he listed signature wins....South Fla and WVu not listed....Virginia for TCU.?????? I agree that TCU is a contender and would be a tough opponent for any team. But , I question why I even read Dodd's articles. I guess for the skip bayless howard Stern shcok affect....I guess

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2009 3:49 pm

How Cincinnati becomes USC

West Virginia and USF have been in and out of the top 25 as well. Virginia's a signature victory? Well, then we should count UConn and Fresno St as signagture wins for Cinci too.

I'm a TCU fan and I have to agree with this.

That said, I think TCU has looked more impressive this year.  They currently have the #4 offense and #4 defense in the country.

However, if you'd have told me in August that if Texas loses late, we'd be debating Cinci and TCU in the Nat'l Champ game, I'd have called you a crazy person!

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2009 2:54 pm

How Cincinnati becomes USC

Before all the Bearcat fans dream of the big opportunity they have to go to Pitt and win there.  That's going to be a great game.  I can't wait.  TCU has a stellar defense but could get run over by the big boys.  Let's not forget the Boise State Broncos!

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