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Cincinnati's Bowl Situation After The Win Over East Carolina

A general view of the Cincinnati Bearcats football field.

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 03: The Connecticut Huskies play the Cincinnati Bearcats on December 3, 2011 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bearcats defeated the Connecticut Huskies 35-27. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

Cincinnati finished its season in style, decimating East Carolina in epic fashion. Although the victory was against an inferior opponent, it still boosts the Bearcats' resume.

The Bearcats own a 10-2 record, marking their first double-digit winning season since 2012. While the majority of the year was full of success, Cincinnati fell short to UCF and Temple.

Obviously they're not in play for the College Football Playoff, but the Bearcats certainly have the chance to face competition from the Power Five conferences.

After all, the Bearcats made a strong impression with their latest performance.

It will mostly depend on where Cincinnati is ranked by the time bowl games are announced.

Nonetheless, it's possible that the Bearcats could find themselves in the Military Bowl in Annapolis. The Bearcats would face an ACC opponent in this scenario.

Another possibility might be in the Birmingham Bowl against an SEC team.

Regardless of the result, Cincinnati will have an opportunity to earn more respect for the AAC conference. It also would help the Bearcats' recruiting in the future by defeating an illustrious program.

Cincinnati is one of six teams in its conference that is eligible for the postseason.