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The Bearcats and NCAA ’14

The following piece was written by Stuart Gilchrist. He also wrote about the First Offensive Line Commitment. Click on his name to follow him on twitter.

Yesterday, EA Sports announced the ratings for its installment of NCAA Football 2014. Since no die hard college football fan has anything better to do during the summer months, this opens up debate on how teams are rated. Of course EA Sports are going to load the teams like Alabama, OSU, Michigan and Oregon because those are the teams that people are going most likely use the most in the game. EA Sports seems like it has already deemed Alabama the National Champions for next year with a perfect 99 Offense, 99 Defense and 99 Overall ranking. The next closest teams to the perfect rating of Alabama are Ohio State with a 97 Offense, 92 Defense, 95 Overall and Oregon with a 99 Offense, 92 Defense and also 95 Overall.

So as many Bearcat fans are questioning, where does this leave our beloved UC Bearcats? We are sitting at an 81 Offense, 83 Defense and 81 Overall. You and me both probably see this a little low considering the coach we have at the reigns and the immense amount of talent that we have returning to this year’s team. I think they’ve hit the nail on the head though with our defense being better than our offense this year only because the offense players have to learn a completely new system. But for a team that is predicted to finish second in the AAC this year, this just doesn’t seem acceptable.

For comparisons sake, let’s look at the other schools in the AAC to see how EA Sports ranked them. If the final standings this year of the AAC went completely in line with the EA rankings, this is how it would shape up:

Team

Overall

Offense

Defense

Louisville

90

93

88

USF

84

81

87

Rutgers

84

86

82

Houston

84

86

83

UCF

83

86

82

UConn

81

84

80

SMU

81

83

78

Cincinnati

81

81

83

Temple

81

81

82

Memphis

70

72

70

 

 

According to this, the Cincinnati Bearcats shouldn’t even finish in the top half of the AAC this year and better yet, we are on par with SMU, Temple and UConn. Not any disrespect to those football programs but the fact that EA Sports rated UConn’s offense ahead of ours seems really shaky to me. Of course Louisville and Rutgers should be near the tops of the league but in no way should Cincinnati be near the bottom. Also, if the rankings were truly a reflection of real life the Bearcats would most likely lose to Purdue in the home opener since Purdue sits at 84 Offense, 85 Defense, 84 Overall and a loss to Illinois at 86 Offense, 80 Defense and 83 Overall. It would definitely be a long season ahead if this were the case.

But as always, this is just a game and who would have guessed games aren’t real life. Let’s just take a quick look on how EA Sports ranked the Bearcats since 2008 and the actual results on the field:

 

NCAA Football 2009

Ratings: 84 Overall, 81 Offense, 89 Defense

Season Result: 11-3 Record, Trip to Orange Bowl

 

 

 

NCAA Football 2010

Ratings: B Overall, B+ Offense, B+ Defense

Season Result: 12-1 Record, Trip to Sugar Bowl

 

NCAA Football 2011

Ratings: B Overall, A- Offense, B- Defense

Season Result: 4-8 Record, No Bowl

 

 

 

NCAA Football 2012

Ratings: B+ Overall, B+ Offense, B- Defense, B- Special Teams

Season Result: 10-3 Record, Liberty Bowl Win

 

NCAA Football 2013

Ratings: 89 Overall, 84 Offense, 87 Defense

Season Result: 10-3 Record, Belk Bowl Win

 

As you can see, these ranking really mean nothing to how the Cincinnati Bearcats or any other teams for that matter will produce. According to the game the 2009 Cincinnati Bearcats are second lowest rated Bearcat team over the past 5 years and we know that’s definitely not the case. This is just nothing more than something college football fans can debate and discuss until real football is here.

 

Note: You can see the rankings of all the teams in NCAA Football 2014 here.

Scott

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