Cincinnati’s loss to the Louisville Cardinals had a ripple effect on the rest of the AAC. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, it locked up a spot in the Sugar Bowl for the Central Florida Knights. It’s UCF’s first BCS bowl game ever and I (sigh.. you can do this, Chris) couldn’t be more happy for them. Also, immediately after the game, Louisville accepted a bid to the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. As #2 team in the AAC, it only makes sense that the Cardinals would be chosen for the second best bowl game for this conference.
So where does that leave Cincinnati?
Well the Bearcats have two possibilities in front of them. The first and most likely is a return trip to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. It isn’t quite clear just who the opponent in that game would be but all signs are pointing to North Carolina or Boston College based on their ranking in the middle of the ACC. Neither of those teams particularly excite me but I’d love to see Greg Blair collide with the Eagles’ Andre Williams based on the sheer possibility that tremors will be felt throughout the Southeast. However, due to the school’s close proximity to the stadium, I’d bank on the Belk Bowl selecting the Tar Heels as UC’s opponent.
There is also an outside shot that Cincinnati could head to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. While I can understand the dismay of visiting the Northeast in the dead of winter, would you feel the same way if Cincinnati were to face off with Notre Dame at Yankees Stadium? That’s right, former UC head coach Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish are just 8-4 this season and could fall to the Pinstripe Bowl. If Rutgers loses tomorrow, making them 5-7 and ineligible to go bowling, that committee might select the Bearcats as Notre Dame’s opponent. Again, the chances are slim that this scenario plays out but by no means impossible.
We’ll just have to wait and see how it all shakes out. Which one is more appealing to you?