Conference Realignment fever appears to have finally subsided, and it doesn't look like the ACC will be adding any more teams any time soon. However, there remain a few teams everyone continues to talk about. One of them is Cincinnati.
At one time it seemed that the leading candidate for the next P5 team was probably the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. This is a team which doesn't have a long history in D-I college football, but they have flirted with greatness in the past decade. There are those who believe that if/when the ACC ever expands to 16, or the Big XII expands to 12 teams, that UC will be the front-runner.
But how good is the Bearcats candidacy, really? To determine that, let's compare the Bearcats to the ACC team many felt would've been left behind if the conference had collapsed - Wake Forest. Is Cincinnati really more attractive than WFU?
Cincinnati draws about the same number of home fans as Wake Forest, and has about the same win percentage. Some might want to argue that the Bearcats would win more and draw bigger crowds in the ACC or Big XII, and I would accept such an argument as plausible. However, based on the available data, I'm calling them about equal.