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Cincinnati emerges with 5 straight wins, playing its best with biggest games next

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    Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay (11) looks to throw a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

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    Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville walks along the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Cincinnati won 52-17. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (The Associated Press)

Asked about his penchant for trick plays, Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville closed his fist and shook it as if he were getting ready to shoot some dice.

Tuberville explained that when you're on a roll, you just keep going.

His team is on quite a roll as the season winds down, winning five in a row with two important ones ahead that will help decide the first American Athletic Conference title.

The Bearcats (8-2, 5-1) play at Houston (7-3, 4-2) on Saturday. Following a bye weekend, they finish the regular season with a Thursday night game at Nippert Stadium against Louisville (9-1, 5-1). Central Florida (8-1, 5-0) leads the AAC.

Nobody's playing better lately than Cincinnati, coming off a 52-17 win at Rutgers.

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