The University of Cincinnati football team has made history.
The 13-member college football playoff selection committee released its final Top 25 ranking for the season on Sunday, and the Bearcats are No.4.
âObviously this is a really exciting time for a lot of us,â said Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, who found it out by hosting an Appreciation Brunch for Seniors at the. team and their families in a suite at Nippert Stadium. “
Cincinnati (13-0), the only undefeated team in the FBS, is the first team outside of the Power Five conferences to secure a place in the college football playoffs since its inception in 2014.
The two semi-final clashes will begin on New Year’s Day. The Bearcats will face Southeastern Conference champions Alabama (12-1) at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. Michigan’s No.2 (12-1), the Big Ten champion, will face SEC runner-up No.3 Georgia in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN. The timetables will be communicated later.
The winners of the two clashes will play for a national championship on Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.
Cincinnati became the first team in program history to move to 13-0 on Saturday with a 35-20 victory over the then number. 21 Houston in the American Athletic Conference Championship game at Nippert Stadium. It was the Bearcats’ third consecutive appearance in the AAC title game and their second consecutive victory.
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Louisville-born senior quarterback Desmond Ridder scored three touchdowns for Cincinnati and improved to 44-5 as a starter (26-0 at home). Junior running back Jerome Ford ran for 187 yards and two scores on 18 carries and was named MVP of the game.
The Cincinnati defense had eight sacks in the win, including two by senior linebacker Joel Dublanko.
The Bearcats are now 22-1 over the past two seasons under head coach Luke Fickell. Their only loss was a 24-21 loss to Georgia on a 53-yard field goal with three seconds left in the 2020 Peach Bowl.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: College Football Playoff: Desmond Ridder Leads Cincinnati to No.4