Cincinnati Bearcats make history with No. 4 ranking by College Football Playoff Committee
The Cincinnati Bearcats broke their own record by coming in at No. 4 this week in the College Football Playoff rankings,.
Cincinnati previously climbed to No. 5 after spending the first two weeks at No. 6 in the rankings. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan will face off Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while the Bearcats travel to Greenville, North Carolina to close out the regular season Friday against the East Carolina University Pirates (7-4, 5-2).
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The Bearcats already secured a spot against No. 24 Houston in the AAC Championship Game and will secure homefield advantage with a win at ECU.
Georgia maintained its No. 1 ranking ahead of its Saturday game against Georgia Tech and Alabama, which plays Auburn Saturday, came it an No. 3. The two teams will square off in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4.
Committee chairman Gary Barta, Iowa State athletic director, said the Bearcats were in the discussion to be considered in both the "clusters" of teams ranked in the top three and five-thru-seven. Barta said the overall conversation didn't hinge on conference affiliation, rather overall quality of the team currently.
Barta's remarks came after host Rece Davis asked whether the Bearcats were more comparable with the top three or next three teams behind them.
Bearcats coach Luke Fickell appeared on the rankings show and said the No. 4 ranking was great for the program, UC community and city. Fickell added the recognition was well-deserved for the players and everyone around the program.