Cincinnati Football: Bearcats Dominate Miami, Look to Vault into Rankings

Alex Callos@@alexcallosCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Munchie Legaux #4 of the Cincinnati Bearcats walks to the line to run a play against the Virginia Tech Hokies during their NCAA football game at FedExField on September 29, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
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After a dominating 52-14 win in front of a sellout crowd at Nippert Stadium, it is almost a guarantee that the Cincinnati Bearcats will move into the Top 25 Sunday when the AP Poll is released.

While that does not mean much, it is always a good thing to get a little national recognition. The next question for Cincinnati is how long can this continue?

With a game against FCS opponent Fordham coming up on Saturday, and then a road game against a talented Toledo team, there is an excellent chance the Bearcats could go into Louisville on October 26 with an unblemished 6-0 record.

If Louisville can do their part and get by Pittsburgh and South Florida the next two weeks, then that would set up a game between a Top 15 team and a Top 20 team.

While it is not exactly SEC football, that is something positive for the Big East as the conference continues to struggle to gain national notoriety.

The difference in the game against Miami was turnovers, as Cincinnati forced Miami quarterback Zac Dysert into three interceptions.

The Bearcats also recovered a RedHawks fumble.

Even though quarterback Munchie Legaux struggled hitting open receivers, he still finished with two touchdown passes and another on the ground.

Running back George Winn has continued to help Bearcats fans forget about Isaiah Pead as he surpassed the 100-yard mark once again with 128 yards on only 16 carries and two scores.

As the season progresses, the Bearcats clearly have a lot to work on, particularly with their passing attack, but they have exceeded expectations so far.

If Cincinnati can continue to perform like it has been so far, there is a great shot that there could be another double-digit win season, which would be the fifth in the past six years.

For now the Bearcats will concentrate on Fordham, with Louisville certainly on the back of their minds.