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Cincinnati is supported by NCAA ‘little boys’ from the past

Jared Zabransky sent out a challenge: Anyone, anywhere, any time. Boise State had just upset Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl in dramatic fashion, winning on a two-point conversion in overtime with the Statue of Liberty play to put an exclamation point on an undefeated season and top-five national ranking. “We deserve a chance at…

Jared Zabransky issued a challenge: Anyone can do it, anywhere and at any time.

Boise State had just upset Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl in dramatic fashion, winning on a two-point conversion in overtime with the Statue of Liberty play to put an exclamation point on an undefeated season and top-five national ranking.

” We deserve a chance to win a national championship,” Zabransky (Boise State quarterback) said after the unforgettable finish.

Boise State didn’t get it that season or in its undefeated 2009 campaign. Neither did unbeaten non-Power Five schools such as Utah (2004, 2008), TCU (2010) or Central Florida (2017). However, Cincinnati will have the opportunity to play against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, which is the rare occasion when Cinderella is invited.

” It’s high time that a team like this was given a chance,” Zabransky said to The Post. “I hope Cincinnati plays well because that will validate it even .”

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Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky drops back during a 2004 game.
Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky
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The most glaring, and controversial omission, came in 2017 when undefeated Central Florida was left out of the College Football Playoff. The Knights finished the year ranked sixth by the Associated Press and 12th by the playoff committee. To celebrate their season, they held a “national champion” parade.

“Being at a group of five school it feels like you have to win more consistently for a longer time,” Jovan Dewitt (associate head coach of that UCF team and now special teams coordinator for North Carolina) said. It’s not a one-season success. You really have to string back-to-back, and maybe back-to-back-to-back, strong seasons to have that opportunity.”

Dewitt loves Cincinnati. He was still at UCF in the days when Luke Fickell took over the Bearcats and saw the beginnings of the Cincinnati he has seen.

” I will absolutely be watching it, there’s no doubt about that, and I’ll root for them,” Dewitt stated. “Who doesn’t love that story ?”

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