BERKELEY—The No. 3-seeded Central Regional Golden Eagles were riding high into the playoffs, winning four straight games, but this streak came to an unforeseen halt after taking a 21-6 loss from the sixth-seeded Hammonton Blue Devils on a cold Friday night. Hammonton (4-6) struck first early in the second quarter after recovering a fumble by Central Regional quarterback Joe Fowler on Central’s 43-yard line. Thirteen consecutive running plays ended with a 5-yard score by starting running back Jake Cooper. The Blue Devils continued playing strong defensive football in the first half, forcing a punt, an interception and a missed field goal by Central to enter the locker room up a touchdown at half-time. After throwing only a single incomplete pass in the first half, Hammonton quarterback Rey Triboletti got going in the third frame completing a 38-yard pass to Peyton LeMunyon and then an 8-yard touchdown score to Anthony Fazio on a wide-open fake … [Read more...] about NJ Football: Central’s season ends with upset loss to Hammonton
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The current Big East will be called the American Athletic Conference starting next season. The conference announced the decision Wednesday after university presidents approved the new moniker earlier in the day. The Big East football schools were in need of a new name after they agreed to let seven basketball schools break away from the conference to start a new league this summer to be called the Big East. In return, the football schools received about $100 million of a $110 million pot the league had accumulated in recent years from exit and entry fees and NCAA basketball tournament revenue. The American Athletic Conference will have 10 members in its first season: Rutgers, Louisville, Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Memphis, Houston, SMU and Temple. Rutgers and Louisville are likely leaving after 2013 and are set to be replaced by Tulane, East Carolina and Tulsa in 2014. Navy is scheduled to join in 2015 for football only, and the conference will … [Read more...] about Current Big East to be known as American Athletic Conference next season
Any loss is bad, but the University of Cincinnati's 31-28 overtime loss to Southern Methodist University on Saturday night may have been the most painful of the Bearcats' season.UC (2-6, 0-4 American Athletic Conference East) lost to SMU (5-2, 1-1 AAC West) before a Homecoming crowd of 30,885 at Nippert Stadium. Several missed offensive opportunities were capped by the final play of overtime, when UC quarterback Hayden Moore was intercepted while trying a desperate, underhand flip pass.UC had made a nice comeback, tying the game 28-28 on a touchdown pass from Moore to Devin Gray and then a 2-point conversion pass to Gray with 2:22 left in regulation. UC then allowed a 28-yard completion on a 4th-and-26 SMU play from the Bearcats' 41-yard line, which led to an SMU 27-yard field goal by Josh Williams.That proved decisive, with Moore throwing his fateful interception moments later.So close, and yet ..."It's something they don't want to hear," UC coach Luke Fickell said, referring to … [Read more...] about UC Bearcats football: 5 takeaways from agonizing 31-28 overtime loss to SMU
With potential bowl eligibility slipping away, the University of Cincinnati football team at least is entering the easier part of its 2017 schedule.UC entered Saturday's American Athletic Conference game against SMU with a 2-5 record (0-3 AAC East). SMU entered the game 4-2 (1-1 AAC West). Entering Saturday, SMU was the last remaining UC opponent with a winning record.UC needs six wins to reach bowl eligibility, meaning there is little room for error. The Bearcats entered Saturday as a 7 1/2-point underdog. If UC were to lose to SMU, that would mean the Bearcats would have to finish the regular season 4-0 to attain bowl eligibility.That might be a serious reach, but not as challenging as UC's front-loaded 2017 schedule. The Bearcats' first seven opponents (Austin Peay, Michigan, Miami University, Navy, Marshall, UCF and USF) entered Saturday with a combined 33-11 record. The final five opponents (SMU, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, UConn) entered Saturday with a combined 13-19 mark.UC … [Read more...] about UC Bearcats football season: Hard part is over, or is it?
Despite a 33-3 loss at USF last Saturday, the University of Cincinnati did not drop in the weekly American Athletic Conference football power rankings.UC remains No. 9 in the 12-team power rankings, as voted upon by league beat writers.Here is how the AAC stacks up this week:1. USF (6-0, 3-0 AAC): In a performance that had coach Charlie Strong fuming, the No. 16 Bulls committed 14 penalties and languished inside the red zone in a 33-3 rout of Cincinnati. The Bulls did hold Cincy to 95 rushing yards. USF has its stiffest challenge to date Saturday at Tulane. - Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times2. UCF (5-0, 3-0 AAC): McKenzie Milton passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as UCF dominated East Carolina 63-21. The 63 points were a season-high for the team and the most by UCF since 2001. UCF is 5-0 for the first time since 1988 and ranked No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25. - Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel3. Memphis (5-1, 2-1 AAC): Saturday's 30-27 victory over Navy set … [Read more...] about UC football: Where do slumping Bearcats stand in AAC power rankings?
The Cincinnati Bearcats fell from No. 8 to No. 9 in this week's American Athletic Conference football power rankings, as voted on by league beat writers.UC lost 51-23 at home to then-No. 25 UCF last Saturday, a game terminated by inclement weather with four seconds left in the third quarter.A look at this week's rankings:1. USF (5-0, 2-0 AAC): The Bulls enter Saturday's homecoming game against Cincinnati on a 10-game win streak, second-longest nationally behind Clemson (11). USF is coming off a bye week during which its two top rushers – seniors D'Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice – wore protective boots for minor ailments. — Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times2. UCF (4-0, 2-0): QB McKenzie Milton had a career night with 374 yards and five touchdowns and the Knights scored on all eight of their possessions, in a 51-23 win at Cincinnati. This, despite the game being called after three quarters by inclement weather. UCF improved to 4-0 for … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Bearcats drop another spot in weekly AAC football power rankings
For the first time this season, there is change atop the American Athletic Conference football power rankings. Near the bottom, the University of Cincinnati remained 11th in the rankings compiled weekly by AAC beat writers.Central Florida, one of five remaining unbeaten teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, was the unanimous pick for the top spot after previous No. 1 AAC team South Florida stumbled in a 28-24 loss at home to Houston.UCF debuted at No. 18 in the first College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday, giving the Knights the inside track on the Group of Five spot in a New Year's Six bowl.Here’s how the AAC stacks up this week, per the conference panel of beat reporters:1. UCF (7-0, 4-0 AAC): The Knights set a school scoring record against FCS Austin Peay with a 73-33 rout. Quarterback McKenzie Milton hit 24 of 26 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Mike Hughes scored on a 91-yard kickoff return. UCF … [Read more...] about Where do Bearcats stand in weekly AAC football power rankings?
Enquirer beat reporter Tom Groeschen takes a look at the University of Cincinnati's football game Saturday against Tulane. - The matchup Cincinnati (2-6, 0-4 AAC East) vs. Tulane (3-5, 1-3 AAC West)Kickoff: 4 p.m. Saturday at Yulman Stadium (30,000), New OrleansTV/Radio: ESPN3/WLW-AM (700)- When UC runsUC produced a season-high 249 yards rushing in its last game, a 31-28 overtime loss to SMU on Oct. 21. Still, the Bearcats rank only 113th nationally in rushing offense. Redshirt freshman Gerrid Doaks leads the team with 351 yards rushing (5.3 per carry), with two TDs. Next are senior Mike Boone (239, 3.6, 2) and true freshman Michael Warren (215, 6.5, 1). UC looks for another big rushing day, against a Tulane defense that ranks 119th against the run. When UC passesThe up-and-down season of junior QB Hayden Moore continues. Moore threw for 189 yards and two TDs against SMU, but the Bearcats lost when Moore was intercepted on the final play of overtime. Junior WR … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Tulane Green Wave football: Scouting report and prediction
August is here which means it's almost time to unveil the 2017 preseason Amway Coaches Poll.This year's voting panel includes the four active college football coaches who have won national titles -- Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Alabama's Nick Saban, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher. The preseason poll will be released at noon ET Thursday at ncaaf.usatoday.com.The Amway Coaches Poll, in its 27th season administered by USA TODAY Sports, features experience-rich coaches who bring up-close perspective with their votes every week. The panel of 65 coaches in the Bowl Subdivision is put together by the American Football Coaches Association. The panel is chosen by random draw, conference by conference plus independents, from a pool of coaches who have indicated to the AFCA their willingness to participate. More: Who is Hugh Freeze? Conflicting views of former Ole Miss coach emerge The first regular-season Amway … [Read more...] about Meet the college football coaches in the Amway Coaches Poll
Even before the clock hits zero in the national championship game in Tampa on Monday, we already have begun thinking about 2017. Though the confetti hasn't even fallen yet on Alabama or Clemson, here’s an early look at which teams will be battling for the College Football Playoff and a championship next season.The list doesn’t begin with the Tide or the Tigers, though both teams will again be in the hunt. Instead, the top team in the USA TODAY Sports early top 25 for 2017 is Florida State, which has the coaching, talent and experience to return to the top of the Football Bowl Subdivision.The Seminoles stumbled out of the gate this past season before hitting another gear following a loss to Clemson in October. With valuable experience and as much talent as any team in the country, Florida State is the team to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference and very deserving of the title of preseason No. 1 in August.Personnel hits are coming for the national championship … [Read more...] about Super early preseason top 25 college football teams for the 2017 season