Cincinnati has lost 1 game in the last two seasons, a 24-21 loss to Georgia in last year's Peach Bowl. Yet, they haven't been ranked in the top-5 once. They simply lack the pedigree that Power 5 schools have and as a result they aren't given as much credit for their wins over bad teams as the likes of Clemson and Oklahoma have.
Well, now Cincy has a shot to solidify themselves as a top-tier team in the country. After defeating Indiana last week, they travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame. A win over them and the committee would have to take notice... right?
To the shock of many, Cincinnati is the favorite on the road against Notre Dame. They're 2 point favorites, and they're given -120 odds to win the game outright. That's an implied 54.5% chance to win the game. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is given +110 odds, or a 47.6% chance to pull off the upset.
Cincinnati and Notre Dame have played each other just once in their long histories. That game came in October of 1900, Cincy lost 58-0. But, what does one game 121 years ago mean for this one?
This is a must win for not just Cincinnati, but for Group of 5 teams. If they can win this game and use that to catapult them into contention for a playoff spot then the committee will have no reason to discriminate against Group of 5 teams anymore.
They have a chance to make a real statement on Saturday. One that could send shockwaves throughout the NCAA.