The Bearcats (8-0) received decisively at No. 10 Notre Dame (7-1) — top-of-the-line street wins on any staff’s ledger — and though they regarded jittery the final two weeks, they’ve been no extra uneasy on the eyes than Oklahoma (9-0), which has eked out wins over Tulane, West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas and Nebraska, and trailed woeful Kansas within the fourth quarter.
And if pedigree counts for the game’s blue bloods, then it’s value noting that these are largely the identical Cincinnati gamers whose solely loss final season was on a last-second, 53-yard discipline purpose to Georgia within the Peach Bowl.
These within the Pac-12 needed to certainly be relieved for now. The convention has been shut out of the playoff since 2016 and is down to at least one hope: Oregon (7-1). The Geese have performed uneven soccer for a lot of the season, however they’ve what stands out as an enormous rose on their résumé — a 35-28 victory at Ohio State, which was achieved even with out their star defensive finish, Kayvon Thibodeaux, who didn’t play due to an damage.
If the Buckeyes ought to get credit score for bouncing again after shaking up their defensive teaching employees, the Geese would possibly argue that an allowance must be made for his or her unpleasant additional time defeat to Stanford — it got here with the offensive coordinator, Joe Moorhead, within the hospital after emergency surgical procedure.
The schedule, because it usually does, will iron out a number of the present wrinkles. Michigan State and Ohio State play one another on Nov. 20 in Columbus, and the Buckeyes play at Michigan per week later. These video games will largely decide the winner of the Large Ten East and supply the convention with a robust contender for a playoff berth.
Alabama, after being upset final month by Texas A&M, ranked 14th on Tuesday, could not be capable to afford one other slip up, both at No. 13 Auburn on Nov. 27 or within the SEC title sport in opposition to Georgia if that matchup holds.
Oklahoma, which has skirted previous nearly everybody on its schedule, nonetheless has to play at one-loss Baylor, ranked twelfth, and one-loss Oklahoma State, ranked eleventh, and can seemingly meet certainly one of them once more for the Large 12 title.