2021 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2021 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Conference American Athletic Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
2021 record2–0 (0–0 AAC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock (5th season)
Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel (1st season)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 40,000)
Seasons
  2020
2022 
2021 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf  Overall
Team W L    W L 
No. 8 Cincinnati  00    20 
Memphis  00    20 
SMU  00    20 
UCF  00    21 
Houston  00    11 
Temple  00    11 
Tulane  00    11 
East Carolina  00    02 
Navy  00    02 
South Florida  00    02 
Tulsa  00    02 
Championship: December 4, 2021
  • $ Conference champion
  • y Championship game participant
As of September 18, 2021; Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2021 Cincinnati Bearcats football team will represent the University of Cincinnati in the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats will play their home games at Nippert Stadium and compete as members of the American Athletic Conference. They will be led by fifth-year head coach Luke Fickell.

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Previous season

In 2020, the Bearcats finished with a 9–1 (6–0 AAC) record, winning the AAC Championship Game against Tulsa. It was the first AAC championship in program history. [1] After being ranked 8th in the final College Football Playoff rankings, the Bearcats were selected to participate in the Peach Bowl as part of the New Year's Six against Georgia. The Bearcats lost to the Bulldogs 24–21. [2]

Offseason

Coaching changes

After the 2020 season, Marcus Freeman was announced as the defensive coordinator for Notre Dame. [3] Mike Tressel was hired to replace Freeman as defensive coordinator, returning Tressel to Cincinnati where he had coached from 2004–2006. [4] [5]

Darren Paige was named the new running backs coach after the departure of Dan Enos. [6]

Players

2021 Cincinnati offseason departures
NameNumberPos.HeightWeightYearHometownNotes
James Wiggins 1S6’0205 Redshirt.svg Senior Miami, FL Graduated
Darrick Forrest 5S6’0200Senior Columbus, OH Graduated
Jarell White8LB5’10205Senior Cincinnati, OH Graduated
Ethan Tucky19DE6’2245 Redshirt.svg Senior Delware, OH Graduated
Gerrid Doaks 23RB6’0230 Redshirt.svg Senior Indianapolis, IN Graduated
Cameron Young25RB5’11230Senior Columbus, OH Graduated
James Smith37P6’5235Senior Wangaratta, Australia Graduated
Michael Pitts43DE6’4248 Redshirt.svg Senior Stone Mountain, GA Graduated
James Hudson 55OL6’5310 Redshirt.svg Junior Toledo, OH Declared for the NFL Draft
Darius Harper58OL6’7308Senior Springfield, OH Graduated
Bruno Labelle87TE6’4248 Redshirt.svg Senior Montreal, Canada Graduated
Elijah Ponder93DT6’3275 Redshirt.svg Senior Atlanta, GA Graduated

Transfers

Outgoing

NamePos.HeightWeightYearHometownNew School
Jayshon JacksonWR5' 10"175Senior Chicago, IL Ball State
Zach HummellOL6' 2"285 Redshirt.svg Sophomore Hilliard, OH Miami (OH)
Jakari RobinsonC6' 2"308 Redshirt.svg Senior Talladega, AL Memphis
Ben BryantQB6' 3"218 Redshirt.svg Junior La Grange, IL Eastern Michigan
Michael LindauerQB6' 3"218 Redshirt.svg Sophomore Evansville, IN Southern Illinois
Dorian HollowayLB6' 3"215 Redshirt.svg Sophomore Columbus, OH Youngstown State
Steven HawthorneDE6' 4"227 Redshirt.svg Sophomore Chicago, IL Central State
Kobe McAllisterOL6' 6"293Sophomore Ringgold, GA Chattanooga

Incoming

NamePos.HeightWeightYearHometownPrev. School
Jowon BriggsDT6' 2"295Sophomore Cincinnati,OH Virginia
James TunstallOT6' 6"329 Redshirt.svg Junior Indian Head, MD Stony Brook

Recruits

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

AwardPlayerPositionYear
Walter Camp Award [7] Ahmad Gardner CBJr.
Myjai Sanders DESr.
Lott Impact Trophy [8] Coby BryantCBGS
Dodd Trophy [9] Luke Fickell
Maxwell Award [10] Desmond Ridder QBSr.
Bednarik Award [11] Ahmad Gardner CBJr.
Myjai Sanders DESr.
Davey O'Brien Award [12] Desmond Ridder QBSr.
Mackey Award [13] Josh WhyleTEJr.
Thorpe Award [14] Coby BryantCBGS
Ahmad Gardner CBJr.
Nagurski Trophy [15] Ahmad Gardner CBJr.
Myjai Sanders DESr.
Walter Camp Award [16] Desmond Ridder QBSr.
Manning Award [17] Desmond Ridder QBSr.

American Athletic Conference preseason media poll

The American Athletic Conference preseason media poll was released at the virtual media day held August 4, 2021. [18] Cincinnati, who finished the 2020 season ranked No. 8 nationally, was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the 2021 preseason media poll.

Media poll
Predicted finishTeamVotes (1st place)
1Cincinnati262 (22)
2UCF241 (2)
3SMU188
4Houston181
5Memphis168
6Tulsa153
7Tulane132
т-8East Carolina85
т-8Navy85
10Temple46
11South Florida43

Schedule

The Bearcats 2021 schedule currently consists of six home games and six away games. Cincinnati will host two of its four non-conference games; against Miami (OH) from the Mid-American Conference for their annual Victory Bell game and Murray State from the Ohio Valley Conference. They will travel to Indiana of the Big Ten Conference and to Notre Dame in the first meeting against former Bearcats head coach Brian Kelly. [19]

With the departure of UConn before the 2020 season, the American eliminated divisions for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The Bearcats 2021 schedule will include eight conference games – four home games and four road games. Cincinnati will host Temple, UCF, Tulsa and SMU. They will travel to Navy, Tulane, South Florida, and East Carolina. [20]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 43:30 p.m. Miami (OH) *No. 8 ESPN+ W 49–1437,978
September 113:30 p.m. Murray State *No. 7
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN+W 42–733,498
September 1812:00 p.m.at Indiana *No. 8 ESPN
October 23:30 p.m.at Notre Dame * NBC
October 87:00 p.m. Temple
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
ESPN
October 16TBD UCF
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
October 2312:00 p.m.at Navy ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
October 30TBDat Tulane
November 6TBD Tulsa Dagger-14-plain.png
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
November 126:00 p.m.at South Florida ESPN2
November 20TBD SMU
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Cincinnati, OH
November 27TBDat East Carolina

    Schedule Source: [21]

    Personnel

    Roster and staff

    2021 Cincinnati Bearcats football team roster
    PlayersCoaches
    Offense
    Pos.#NameClass
    RB 0Charles McClelland Redshirt.svg  Jr
    QB 3Evan PraterSo
    RB 4Ethan WrightSo
    WR 5Jordan JonesSr
    WR 7Tre TuckerJr
    WR 8Michael YoungSr
    QB 9 Desmond Ridder  (C) Redshirt.svg  Sr
    QB 10Jack PerryJr
    TE 11Leonard TaylorSr
    WR 12Alec Pierce (C)Sr
    QB 13Jacob HoyingFr
    WR 14Wyatt Fischer Redshirt.svg  Jr
    WR 15Nate Meyer Redshirt.svg  So
    QB 16Brady LichtenbergFr
    WR 17Marquez BellFr
    TE 18Chamon MetayerFr
    WR 19Will PaulingFr
    WR 20Jadon ThompsonSo
    WR 21Tyler ScottSo
    RB 22Ryan Montgomery Redshirt.svg  Jr
    WR 23Drew DonleyFr
    RB 24Jerome Ford Redshirt.svg  So
    RB 25Shaun ThomasFr
    RB 26Myles MontgomeryFr
    WR 27Norman LoveSo
    WR 29Ashton Koller Redshirt.svg  So
    RB 30Michael Kopaygorodsky Redshirt.svg  Sr
    TE 34Caleb SchmitzFr
    RB 36Lewis ShepherdSo
    TE 47Nate Lawler Redshirt.svg  Jr
    OL 50Dylan O'Quinn Redshirt.svg  Jr
    OL 51Lorenz Metz Redshirt.svg  Jr
    OL 53Gavin GerhardtSo
    OL 54Nick GraceFr
    OL 55Mao Glynn IIFr
    OL 56Jake RenfroSo
    OL 57Ben BlevinsSo
    OL 60Joe HuberSo
    OL 64Jake BurnsSo
    OL 65Cody Lamb Redshirt.svg  Sr
    OL 66Landon FickellFr
    OL 67Jaxon SmithSo
    OL 69Cam Jones Redshirt.svg  So
    OL 70Joey GroeberJr
    OL 71Colin Woodside Redshirt.svg  Jr
    OL 72James TunstallJr
    OL 73CJ JohnsonJr
    OL 74Jeremy Cooper Redshirt.svg  Jr
    OL 75John WilliamsSo
    OL 76Marcelo Mendiola Redshirt.svg  So
    OL 77Vincent McConnell (C) Redshirt.svg  Sr
    OL 78Luke CollinsworthFr
    WR 80Chris ScottSo
    TE 81Josh Whyle Redshirt.svg  Jr
    TE 82Noah Davis Redshirt.svg  Sr
    WR 83Blue Smith Redshirt.svg  Jr
    WR 85Jiair Thomas Redshirt.svg  So
    TE 86Jack Campbell Redshirt.svg  So
    TE 87Joey McBeeFr
    TE 88Payten SingletarySo
    Defense
    Pos.#NameClass
    LB 0Darrian BeaversSr
    CB 1 Ahmad Gardner Jr
    LB 2Wilson Huber Redshirt.svg  Sr
    S 3Ja'von HicksSr
    CB 4Justin HarrisJr
    S 5Jaquan SheppardJr
    S 6Bryan Cook (C)Sr
    CB 7Coby Bryant (C)Sr
    S 8Isiah CoxFr
    CB 9Arquon Bush Redshirt.svg  Jr
    S 10Bryon ThreatsFr
    CB 11Sammy AndersonSo
    CB 12Iesa JarmonFr
    LB 13Ty Van Fossen Redshirt.svg  Jr
    CB 14Todd BumphisSo
    CB 15Taj Ward Redshirt.svg  Jr
    LB 16Cameron JuniorFr
    DL 18Jowon BriggsSo
    LB 19Brody IngleJr
    LB 20Deshawn PaceSo
    DE 21 Myjai Sanders  (C)Sr
    CB 22De'Arre McDonaldSo
    LB 23Daved Jones JrSo
    LB 24Jaheim ThomasSo
    LB 25Jack Haglage Redshirt.svg  Fr
    CB 26Malik RaineyFr
    S 27Armorion SmithFr
    S 29Jacob DingleJr
    DL 30Rob JacksonFr
    CB 31Casey Kirk Redshirt.svg  Sr
    S 32James CamdenSo
    DL 33Zeiqui LawtonFr
    DL 34Justin WodtlySo
    LB 35Ryan Royer Redshirt.svg  Sr
    S 36Will Adams Redshirt.svg  Jr
    LB 37Devin HightowerFr
    LB 40Leroy BowersFr
    LB 41Joel Dublanko (C) Redshirt.svg  Sr
    DL 42Malik VannSr
    CB 43Jonah LytleFr
    DL 44Jah-Mal WilliamsFr
    DL 45Barak FaulkSo
    LB 49Jack DingleFr
    LB 50Jackson Bruscianelli Redshirt.svg  So
    DL 54Izaiah Ruffin Redshirt.svg  So
    DL 57Ryan Mullaney Redshirt.svg  So
    DL 58Dontay CorleoneFr
    DL 87Jalen MonrrowFr
    DL 89Sterling MilesSo
    DL 90Jabari Taylor Redshirt.svg  Sr
    DL 91Miles Manigualt Redshirt.svg  So
    DL 92Curtis Brooks Redshirt.svg  Sr
    DL 94Chase Brown Redshirt.svg  Jr
    DL 96Dominique PerrySo
    DL 97Eric Phillips Redshirt.svg  So
    DL 98Mychal Keys Redshirt.svg  Jr
    DL 99Marcus Brown Redshirt.svg  Sr
    Special teams
    Pos.#NameClass
    K 17Cole SmithSr
    P 31Mason FletcherFr
    P 35Brady YoungFr
    K 39Bryce Burton Redshirt.svg  So
    K 90Christian LoweryFr
    K 91Alex Bales Redshirt.svg  So
    LS 85Triston O'BrienFr
    LS 96Cayson Pfeiffer Redshirt.svg  So
    Head coach
    Coordinators/assistant coaches

    Legend
    • (C) Team captain
    • (S) Suspended
    • (I) Ineligible
    • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
    • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

    Roster
    Last update: March 14, 2021

    Depth chart

    Game summaries

    Miami (OH)

    For the first time in the teams long and historic rivalry, the Bearcats and RedHawks would open their respective seasons against one another. The Bearcats enjoyed their highest ever preseason ranking at #8. In front of a near sellout crowd, Bearcats senior quarterback Desmond Ridder wasted no time in asserting the Bearcats dominance and in a stark contrast to recent years got the Bearcats offense rolling early. On the second play from scrimmage, Ridder connected with Tyler Scott on a deep pass over the RedHawk secondary for an 81 yard score and 45 seconds into the game the Bearcats were up 7-0, after forcing a RedHawk punt, the Bearcats grinded out an 8 play 97 yard scoring drive fueled by a 50 yard run by Jerome Ford and capped by a Ridder touchdown pass to Ryan Montgomery. The Bearcats scored a third time in the opening quarter after forcing a Redhawk 3 and out. Ridder capped another long scoring drive with his third touchdown pass, a 23 yard scoring strike to Josh Whyle and the rout was essentially on. Ridder would complete 20 of 25 passes for 295 yards, four touchdowns and add a 25 yards scoring scamper of his own in a little over 3 quarters as the Bearcats were never threatened, rolling to a 49-14 win. Ford added 121 yards rushing and a 21 yard scoring run of his own to lead the Bearcats in the rushing department. The Bearcats scored 42 unanswered points and didn't punt until their 4th possession up 21-0. Though the RedHawks did break the shutout in its 11th possession of the game with a late rushing touchdown by Kenny Tracy and scored again with an interception return for a touchdown off sophomore backup QB Evan Prater on the following Bearcat possession, Prater got a measure of revenge in the next and final Bearcat drive with a pair of dazzling runs the latter a 14 yard run that saw Prater somersault over a would be tackler into the end zone for the games final scoring tally. Despite forcing no turnovers (the first time in 20 games that they had failed to do so) committing 3 turnovers, only recording 2 sacks, and Miami holding the ball for over 34 minutes, the Bearcats kept the Victory Bell in rolling to their 15th straight win over the RedHawks. The win evened the all time series at 59 wins apiece (with 7 ties). The win also extended the Bearcats home winning streak at Nippert Stadium to a school record 21 wins which with the Wisconsin loss to Penn State stands as the 4th longest active home win streak in FBS (Clemson-28, Notre Dame-24, Ohio State-23)

    Pregame lineOver/under
    UC -1950
    Miami RedHawks at Cincinnati Bearcats
    1234Total
    RedHawks0001414
    No. 8 Bearcats211401449

    at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

    • Date: September 4, 2021
    • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
    • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: SW 7 MPH • Weather: Mostly Cloudy
    • Game attendance: 37,978
    • Referee: Tim O'Dey
    • TV announcers (ESPN+): Connor Onion (play-by-play), Bobby Carpenter (analyst)
    • Box Score

          

    StatisticsMIAMIUC
    First downs1727
    Plays–yards72–27857–542
    Rushes–yards45–16931–247
    Passing yards109295
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int9–28–020–26–2
    Time of possession34:1525:45
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    MIAMIPassingAJ Mayer9/28, 109 yards
    RushingKeyon Mozee15 carries, 80 yards
    ReceivingMac Hippenhammer3 receptions, 64 yards
    UCPassing Desmond Ridder 20/25, 295 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
    RushingJerome Ford12 carries, 121 yards, 1 TD
    ReceivingTyler Scott1 reception, 81 yards, 1 TD

    Murray State

    Pregame lineOver/under
    UC -36.551.5
    Murray State Racers at Cincinnati Bearcats
    1234Total
    Racers07007
    No. 7 Bearcats07142142

    at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

    • Date: September 11, 2021
    • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
    • Game attendance: 33,498
    • Referee: Tim Rich
    • TV announcers (ESPN+): Connor Onion (play-by-play), Bobby Carpenter (analyst)
    • Box Score

        

    StatisticsMSUUC
    First downs1517
    Plays–yards66–24257–391
    Rushes–yards37–9332–130
    Passing yards149261
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int17–29–315–25–0
    Time of possession34:4825:12
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    MSUPassingPreston Rice17/29, 149 yards, 3 INT
    RushingDamonta Witherspoon16 carries, 52 yards
    ReceivingDeshun Britten5 receptions, 58 yards
    UCPassingDesmond Ridder14/22, 243 yards, 2 TD
    RushingJerome Ford18 carries, 113 yards, 3 TD
    ReceivingTyler Scott4 receptions, 74 yards, 1 TD

    at Indiana

    Pregame lineOver/under
    UC -3.550.5
    Cincinnati Bearcats at Indiana Hoosiers
    12Total
    No. 8 Bearcats0
    Hoosiers0

    at Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN

    StatisticsUCIU
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    IUPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    at Notre Dame

    Pregame lineOver/under
    Cincinnati Bearcats at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    12Total
    Bearcats0
    Fighting Irish0

    at Notre Dame Stadium South Bend, IN

    • Date: October 2, 2021
    • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
    • TV: NBC
    StatisticsUCND
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    NDPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    Temple

    Pregame lineOver/under
    Temple Owls at Cincinnati Bearcats
    12Total
    Owls0
    Bearcats0

    at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

    • Date: October 8, 2021
    • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EST
    • TV: ESPN
    StatisticsTEMUC
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    TEMPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    UCF

    Pregame lineOver/under
    UCF Knights at Cincinnati Bearcats
    12Total
    Knights0
    Bearcats0

    at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

    • Date: October 16, 2021
    • Game time: EST
    StatisticsUCFUC
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    UCFPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    at Navy

    Pregame lineOver/under
    Cincinnati Bearcats at Navy Midshipmen
    12Total
    Bearcats0
    Midshipmen0

    at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

    • Date: October 23, 2021
    • Game time: Noon EST
    • TV: ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
    StatisticsUCNAVY
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    NAVYPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    at Tulane

    Pregame lineOver/under
    Cincinnati Bearcats at Tulane Green Wave
    12Total
    Bearcats0
    Green Wave0

    at Yulman Stadium, New Orleans, LA

    • Date: October 30, 2021
    • Game time: CDT
    StatisticsUCTLN
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    TLNPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    Tulsa

    Pregame lineOver/under
    Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Cincinnati Bearcats
    12Total
    Mustangs0
    Bearcats0

    at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

    • Date: November 6, 2021
    • Game time: EST
    StatisticsTLSUC
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    TLSPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    at South Florida

    Pregame lineOver/under
    Cincinnati Bearcats at South Florida Bulls
    12Total
    Bearcats0
    Bulls0

    at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

    • Date: November 12, 2021
    • Game time: 6:00 P.M. EST
    • TV: ESPN2
    StatisticsUCUSF
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    USFPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    SMU

    Pregame lineOver/under
    SMU Mustangs at Cincinnati Bearcats
    12Total
    Mustangs0
    Bearcats0

    at Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

    • Date: November 20, 2021
    • Game time: EST
    StatisticsSMUUC
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    SMUPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    at East Carolina

    Pregame lineOver/under
    Cincinnati Bearcats at East Carolina Pirates
    12Total
    Bearcats0
    Pirates0

    at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC

    • Date: November 27, 2021
    • Game time: EST
    StatisticsUCECU
    First downs
    Plays–yards
    Rushes–yards
    Passing yards
    Passing: Comp–Att–Int
    Time of possession
    TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
    UCPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving
    ECUPassing
    Rushing
    Receiving

    Rankings

    Ranking movements
    Legend:██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
    NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
    Week
    PollPre1234567891011121314Final 
    AP 878 
    Coaches 1088 
    CFP Not releasedNot released

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    The 2018 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats play their home games at Nippert Stadium, and are members of the East Division in the American Athletic Conference. They are led by second-year head coach Luke Fickell.

    2018 SMU Mustangs football team American college football season

    The 2018 SMU Mustangs football team represented Southern Methodist University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Mustangs played their home games at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas and competed in the West Division of the American Athletic Conference. They were led by first-year coach Sonny Dykes. They finished the season 5–7, 4–4 in American Athletic play to finish in fourth place in the West Division.

    The 2019 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats played their home games at Nippert Stadium, and competed as members of the East Division in the American Athletic Conference. They were led by third-year head coach Luke Fickell.

    2019 UCF Knights football team American college football season

    The 2019 UCF Knights football team represented the University of Central Florida (UCF) during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Knights were led by second-year head coach Josh Heupel and played their home games at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida. They competed as members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference.

    The 2020 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats played their home games at Nippert Stadium and competed as members of the American Athletic Conference. They were led by fourth-year head coach Luke Fickell.

    The 2020 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game presented by CapitalOne was a college football game played on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 6th American Athletic Conference Championship Game, it determined the 2020 champion of the American Athletic Conference. This was the first year of the current division-less format of the game; instead of representatives from two divisions, the two teams with the best conference records earned a spot in the game.

    The 2021 Michigan State Spartans football team represents Michigan State University during the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Spartans compete as members of the East Division of the Big Ten Conference and play their home games at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. This is the program's second season under head coach Mel Tucker.

    2021 UCF Knights football team American college football season

    The 2021 UCF Knights football team represents the University of Central Florida (UCF) during the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Knights are led by first-year head coach Gus Malzahn and will play their home games at Bounce House in Orlando, Florida. They compete as members of the American Athletic Conference.

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