Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 6/12/13
The following piece was written by Stuart Gilchrist. He also wrote about the First Offensive Line Commitment. Click on his name to follow him on twitter. Yesterday, EA Sports announced the ratings for its installment of NCAA Football 2014. Since no die hard college football fan has anything better to do during the summer months, this opens up debate on how teams are rated. Of course EA Sports are going to load the teams like Alabama, OSU, Michigan and Oregon because those are the teams that people are going most likely use the most in the game. EA Sports seems like it has already deemed Alabama the National Champions for next year with a perfect 99 Offense, 99 Defense and 99 Overall ranking. The next closest teams to the perfect rating of Alabama are Ohio State with a 97 Offense, 92 Defense, 95 Overall and Oregon with a 99 Offense, 92 Defense and also 95 Overall. So as many Bearcat fans are questioning, where does this leave our beloved UC Bearcats? We are sitting at an 81 Offense, 83 Defense and 81 Overall. You and me both probably see this a little low considering the coach we have at the reigns and the immense amount of talent that we have returning to this year’s team. I think they’ve hit the nail on the head though with our defense being better than our offense this year only because the offense players have to learn a completely new system. But for a team that is predicted to finish second in the AAC this year, this just doesn’t seem acceptable. For comparisons sake, let’s look at the other schools in the AAC to see how EA Sports ranked them. If the final standings this year of the AAC went completely in line with the EA rankings, this is how it would shape up: Team Overall Offense Defense Louisville 90 93 88 USF 84 81 87 Rutgers 84 86 82 Houston 84 86 83 UCF 83 86 82 UConn 81 84 80 SMU 81 83 78 Cincinnati 81 81 83 Temple 81 81 82 Memphis 70 72 70     According to this, the Cincinnati Bearcats shouldn’t even finish in the top half of the AAC this year and better yet, we are on par with SMU, Temple and UConn. Not any disrespect to those football programs but the fact that EA Sports rated UConn’s offense ahead of ours seems really shaky to me. Of course Louisville and Rutgers should be near the tops of the league but in no way should Cincinnati be near the bottom. Also, if the rankings were truly a reflection of real life the Bearcats would most likely lose to Purdue in the home opener since Purdue sits at 84 Offense, 85 Defense, 84 Overall and a loss to Illinois at 86 Offense, 80 Defense and 83 Overall. It would definitely be a long season ahead if this were the case. But as always, this is just a game and who would have guessed games aren’t real life. Let’s just take a quick look on how EA Sports ranked the Bearcats since 2008 and the actual results on the field:   NCAA Football 2009 Ratings: 84 Overall, 81 Offense, 89 Defense Season Result: 11-3 Record, Trip to Orange Bowl       NCAA Football 2010 Ratings: B Overall, B+ Offense, B+ Defense Season Result: 12-1 Record, Trip to Sugar Bowl   NCAA Football 2011 Ratings: B Overall, A- Offense, B- Defense Season Result: 4-8 Record, No Bowl       NCAA Football 2012 Ratings: B+ Overall, B+ Offense, B- Defense, B- Special Teams Season Result: 10-3 Record, Liberty Bowl Win   NCAA Football 2013 Ratings: 89 Overall, 84 Offense, 87 Defense Season Result: 10-3 Record, Belk Bowl Win   As you can see, these ranking really mean nothing to how the Cincinnati Bearcats or any other teams for that matter will produce. According to the game the 2009 Cincinnati Bearcats are second lowest rated Bearcat team over the past 5 years and we know that’s definitely not the case. This is just nothing more than something college football fans can debate and discuss until real football is here.   Note: You can see the rankings of all the teams in NCAA Football 2014 here.
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