Preseason Rank: Not Ranked (33 votes)
Well, unlike Minnesota, at least Cincinnati received a considerable amount of votes with 33. However, that number doesn't even begin to compensate for the fact that the Bearcats inexplicably failed to make the top 25.
Cincinnati is a legitimate Big East contender. Louisville and Syracuse may be one step above Cincinnati, but I would place Mick Cronin's squad third in line, ahead of Notre Dame.
The rankings don't reflect that statement, as Notre Dame finds itself ranked 23rd. Notre Dame is rightfully included, but Cincinnati should be higher.
Jaquon Parker, Cashmere Wright and preseason Big East all-first team selection Sean Kilpatrick comprise an incredibly talented backcourt. Yancy Gates' departure leaves an opening in the interior, but newcomers David Nyarsuk, Shaquille Thomas and Titus Rubles can adequately fill that void.
With all of that being said, Cincinnati was a major loser in the coaches' preseason poll. I believe the Bearcats are more talented than Florida State, Texas, Notre Dame, San Diego State and Creighton, all of whom were included in the top 25.
It's a mistake that Cincinnati was left outside the top 25. It's a disgrace that Florida State, who Cincinnati beat and lost more talent than the Bearcats, received 28 more votes.