Rob Leifheit-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Cincinnati Bearcats are ranked 21st in the initial BCS standings for the first time since 2009, when the Bearcats started at number 5 in the first poll of the year. The Bearcats have two good chances to climb in the rankings against Louisville (#16) and Rutgers (#15).
Its good to be back. For the second time in four season the Cincinnati Bearcats have started the season with a 5+ game winning streak, and have found themselves ranked in the initial BCS standings for the third time* in school history.
*2007, and 2009 being the others.
Back in 2009, the Bearcats had already ascended to the top 25 by the time of the first poll. For whatever reason, the ascent for these Bearcats has been much slower, and has resulted in a much lower initial BCS ranking. That being said the Bearcats do have good chances to climb the standings in the weeks ahead, with conference foes Rutgers and Louisville checking in at #15 and #16 respectively.
So much for the narrative of the Big East being done. This subject has been hammered into the ground, but it doesn't make it any less valid. A more detailed breakdown of this weeks standings is coming shortly.