Football Climbs To No. 16 In Polls

Nov. 23, 2008

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team continued its climb in the rankings, entering the week slotted at No. 16 in the Associated Press poll, USA Today Coaches poll, and the Bowl Championship Series standings.

The Bearcats (9-2, 5-1 BIG EAST) got a 28-21 win over No. 20/19 Pittsburgh on Nov. 22 in front of a record crowd of 35,098, the largest in Nippert Stadium history.

UC remains in first place in the BIG EAST standings and needs a win against Syracuse on Saturday to clinch the Bearcats' first BIG EAST Football Championship and the league's automatic berth into the BCS.

In 2007, UC closed out the season ranked No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches poll, its first-ever postseason rankings. UC achieved its highest-ever in-season ranking on Nov. 1, 1954 when the pollsters ranked the Bearcats No. 13 in the AP poll. Cincinnati's top ranking in the USA Today Coaches poll came when it reached No. 17 on Oct. 7, 2007.

Saturday's game against Syracuse is scheduled for a noon kickoff at Nippert Stadium. UC will honor its 19 seniors prior to the game, as the Bearcats close out the home portion of the schedule prior to closing out the regular season with a Dec. 6 matchup at Hawai'i.

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