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I agree pre-season rankings should mean nothing but the playoff rankings...

don't start until 2 months into the season. It usually washes out. Cincinnati was #8 in the preseaon rankings. Not a bad place to be at all. Clemson was #3 but that has absolutely nothing to do with the playoff ranking on November 2. They won't be in any playoff conversation. I don't know where Cincinnati will start on the 11/2 poll, but the AAC is not a strong conference and is worse this year than recent years. And that is going to hurt them (as it should). You can't play that schedule and expect to be in the playoff without a lot of help outside your control. Cincinnati is only playing 2 teams that have a chance to be ranked (Notre Dame and SMU). That's it. They beat ND. By the way, they were ranked 1 place AHEAD of ND in the pre-season poll. If you want to be in the playoff and you are not in a P5 conference, you need to have at least 2 name-brand top 15 or 20 teams on your out of confernence schedule. ND fits the bill. Miami of Ohio, Indiana and FCS Murray State do not fit the criteria. And that is what will keep them out unless they get a lot of help in the form of some upsets of other teams.

(In response to this post by ECPirate89)

Posted: 10/17/2021 at 10:16AM


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AAC/Cincy CFP Watch: 1st rankings come out Nov 2nd -- ECPirate89 10/17/2021 07:44AM
  Worst thing to happen for G5s is Cinci to make it. -- Albemarle Pirate 10/17/2021 11:11AM
  I think they have a real shot to make it this year. -- First Mate 10/17/2021 09:58AM
  Purdue took Iowa out of the running in style. ** -- charlie27858 10/17/2021 10:00AM
  I would be surprised if they held on -- ecupirate07 10/17/2021 08:23AM
  And many P5s … -- Pirate Next Door 10/17/2021 1:37PM
  Correct! ** -- Pirate Next Door 10/17/2021 1:32PM
  Valid point. Also many have to be road games. ** -- Kolchak 10/17/2021 11:29AM

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