Michigan vs. Cincinnati Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Michigan vs, Cincinnati fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan (1-0) vs. Cincinnati (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan looked the part – except for the miserable screaming yellow uniforms.
Yeah, Florida didn’t have two of its best offensive players, and yeah, it was starting a new quarterback, and yeah, the Gators apparently didn’t have any sort of a plan, but it was a dominant 33-17 performance that could’ve been a whole lot worse
And now Cincinnati wants to screw that all up.
The Bearcats were a bit rocky in head coach Luke Fickell’s debut, but they still came up with the 26-14 win over Austin Peay to at least get things going again after a disastrous 2016.
With Air Force up next and Purdue to follow, the Wolverines have a few interesting tests, but nothing they can’t handle. This is the game to flex a little muscle and prove that they really are that good – even with the reloading still to be done on both sides of the ball.
The Bearcats, though, can become a national storyline if Fickell and his team can make this a battle before having to deal with the rivalry date with Miami University.
One Reason Why Cincinnati Will Win
Can Wilton Speight air mail two pick-six plays again?
To be fair, one of the interceptions returned for a score by Florida wasn’t Speight’s fault, but with young receivers and several new points across the board, there are going to be mistakes and Cincinnati has to capitalize.
The UC defense was swarming last week, with Malik Clements coming up with 18 stops and Perry Young living in the backfield, and the O needed the help.
The Bearcats was a +2 in turnover margin in the 26-14 win over Austin Peay, and the offense was just effective enough to get through alive, but …
One Reason Why Michigan Will Win
The Bearcat offense is still a work in progress.
Cincinnati couldn’t run the ball a lick against the Governors and struggled on third downs. Time and again, drives stalled, the O never had the ball – Austin Peay walloped UC in time of possession – and it was way too close a battle against a mediocre team.
Mike Boone ran for 100 yards and a score, but the Bearcats couldn’t establish any sort of an offensive groove. If they couldn’t run the ball against Austin Peay, they’re not going to do much against another great Michigan D that held Florida to 11 yards on just 27 carries.
What’s Going To Happen
Michigan’s offense will have problems.
Fickell is a good defensive mind, and the Bearcats have athletes and talent to get the D off the field, but the O won’t provide any sort of help.
The Wolverine defense will dominate for a full sixty minutes, only giving up a few points after UC gets decent field position.
It might not be a perfect performance, but Michigan will win with ease as the game blows open in the second half.
Michigan vs. Cincinnati Prediction
Michigan 45, Cincinnati 9
Michigan -34.5, o/u: 49
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