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Cincinnati Prepares for Louisville

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- A share of the American Athletic Conference title will be at stake when Louisville takes on Cincinnati on Thursday night.

That would only come if University of Central Florida loses on Saturday to Southern Methodist University. The Bearcats come into Thursday night at 9-2 and third in the AAC.

"We’re going to have to come out fast, play hard early, and play hard all the way through. This is a type of game that you look forward to playing in but know it’s a type of game that you’ve got to be on top of everything that you do to have a chance to be successful," Bearcats head coach Tommy Tuberville said on Tuesday.  

"You throw it out there and you go and the season is over with, other than the bowl game. Both of us are hoping for that little help from SMU but we can’t control that on Saturday. The only thing we can control (Louisville and ourselves) is who plays the best in this game and who’s got the most points on the scoreboard at the end," he continued.

No. 19 Louisville's (10-1) only loss of the season came against Rutgers. Still, they're only focused on their opponent in Cincinnati.

"I don't think it's deflating (not going to a BCS game), because you're looking at a team right now who's won 10 games," Cardinals coach Charlie Strong said. "You're sitting there 10-1, so we don't get to the BCS. We're going to get to another bowl game, but you can't take away what we've already accomplished with 10 wins."

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