Cincinnati Bearcats fans are hoping Ohio State's loss Saturday afternoon to the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor hurt the Buckeyes' chances of making the College Football Playoff semifinals at the end of the season.
Michigan improved to 11-1 and advanced to the Big Ten title game against Iowa. OSU fell to 10-2.
An Alabama loss to Auburn potentially would have helped too, but the Crimson Tide survived a scare Saturday evening against its archrival in four overtimes in the Iron Bowl to improve to 11-1 this season.
UC is looking to become the first-ever Group of Five team to be selected for the playoff.
If the Bearcats move ahead of the Buckeyes, don't be surprised if Michigan passes UC in the CFP rankings. The most recent rankings from the selection committee had Georgia atop the rankings, following by OSU, Bama, UC and the Wolverines.
Social media reactions:
— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) November 28, 2021
Go Bearcats… I roll with the winners. 🤣🤣🤣 Coach Fickle was my special teams coach when I got to school and they from Ohio. That counts. I’m on the bandwagon. pic.twitter.com/JO9k2mWyJy
— Maurice Clarett (@ReeseClarett13) November 27, 2021
A 2-loss Ohio State team doesn’t deserve be in the playoff over undefeated Cincinnati. Wins and losses can’t count the same. OSU knew the stakes. They didn’t complete the mission.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 27, 2021
A lot can happen in the next week. But if it comes down to to OSU and Cincinnati for the No. 4 spot in the CFP, Ohio State is simply better. Two losses might keep them out but I want the #best4teams
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) November 27, 2021
Amid all the playoff chatter, a tip off the cap to Cincinnati for going undefeated in back-to-back regular seasons. That's really hard to do, no matter the league or level. Last regular season loss came to No. 18 Memphis (Mike Norvell era) in November of 2019.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 27, 2021
“No matter what happens against Georgia, Bama should still be in the College Football Playoff”
— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) November 28, 2021
ND wins tonight. Michigan wins Big 10 champ game. Oklahoma St wins tonight and again next week. Alabama loses to Georgia close. Cincinnati beats Houston.
You’re on the committee..how do you vote??
(Now read the predictable variety of responses, you’ll know why we need 12 teams)
— Bob Wischusen (@espnbob) November 28, 2021
— Alex Misali (@MisaliAlex) November 28, 2021
Ohio State continues to duck Cincinnati like the big cowards they are.
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) November 27, 2021
It's really happening. Michigan is going to beat Ohio State.
You wanted new blood in the CFP? No Clemson, no Ohio State.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 27, 2021
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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Bearcats' CFP hopes after Ohio State's loss, Bama's 4OT win