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FutureStarrGeorgia vs cincinnati
This question is highly debated, with Georgia supporters vehemently declaring that their team is the most riveting. Cincinnati supporters aren’t going down without a fight, though. Just because Georgia is so much better than Cincinnati doesn’t mean that it’s all down to geography. An in-depth study of the conditions that make a team exciting, successful, or worth watching will reveal Georgia’s true strength.None of the authors mentioned Georgia as having a natural advantage. They merely noted that it’s a toss-up.
Cincinnati came out firing in the second half when Alabama transfer Jerome Ford took off up the middle for a 79-yard touchdown that put the Bearcats up 21-10. That proved valuable because, outside of that run, Ridder and the offense struggled to not only string together drives, but even gain first downs. Linebacker Azeez Ojulari was the star of the show, racking up three sacks and two forced fumbles on the afternoon. The biggest of those plays was a sack-strip of Ridder on the third play of the fourth quarter. Georgia's Adam Anderson recovered on the Bearcats' 25-yard line and Zamir White took it in from 9 yards out two plays later to cut Cincinnati's lead to 21-16. After Cincinnati opened a 21–10 second-half lead, Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter to pull within three points. After forcing the Bearcats to punt for the third straight time, quarterback JT Daniels led an eight-play drive that ended with Jack Podlesny kicking a 53-yard game-winning field goal. Georgia then added a safety on the final play of the game to provide the final three-point margin.
There's always a David vs. Goliath feel to the Group of Five vs. Power Five matchup in the New Year's Six Bowl matchups. In retrospect, that was unfair to Cincinnati. Luke Fickell's team isn't a "cute little story" that was handed a spot in a major bowl. It not only earned every bit of this spot but looked the part of a college football power that will be in the CFP and New Year's Six discussion for years to come. Ridder is a flat-out baller. He threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and was the catalyst for a Bearcats team that didn't relinquish control until the second half. But the loss of all-conference offensive lineman James Hudson to a targeting foul late in the second quarter proved costly and led to the massive fire he felt in the final two frames. That's a depth issue -- which is usually a problem for Group of Five teams vs. Power Five teams. Despite that, Cincinnati played its tail off thanks to top-notch coaching from Fickell and his staff, veteran leadership and remarkable execution. (Source: www.cbssports.com)