Ohio State vs. Cincinnati fearless prediction and game preview.
Ohio State vs. Cincinnati Broadcast
Date: Saturday, September 7
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Ohio State (1-0) vs. Cincinnati (1-0) Game Preview
Why Ohio State Will Win
The debut for Ryan Day and Justin Fields was brilliant. The offense exploded for 28 first quarter points in the 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic, the offensive weapons, Fields did whatever he wanted with four touchdown passes and a scoring run, and the game was over right away.
Can Cincinnati handle a well-run offense? The Bearcat D had a whole lot to do with UCLA’s offensive woes in the 24-14 UC win to open things up, but the O isn’t going to control the clock for over 38 minutes.
The Bearcats have the lines and the talent on defense to hold up, this isn’t an explosive offense that can keep up if the Buckeyes start fast again. However …
Why Cincinnati Will Win
The Bearcat pass rush needs to play a role right away. UC got into the Bruin backfield for six sacks as it bothered Bruin QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson all game long. Fields’ mobility will be an issue, but he’ll also get pressured a whole lot more than he was against FAU.
UC head coach Luke Fickell knows Ohio State – he was the former Buckeye head man for a year – and his team is used to dealing with Power Five programs and succeeding. Ohio State is a different animal than UCLA or Virginia Tech – the Bearcats beat the Hokies last year – but QB Desmond Ridder is a sharp veteran passer and the defense is nasty at holding down the run.
This is a solid veteran team that’s not going to make a whole lot of mistakes. If it can grind out the clock and avoid getting ripped up early on – avoid the early avalanche – the Bearcats should be able to get into a groove and not let the game slip away. Expect a lot of third down conversions.
What’s Going To Happen
These two haven’t played all that often – it’s just the eighth time since first meeting up in 1919. Ohio State has won them all, and it’ll take out the Bearcats in this one, too. However, it’ll get pushed a little bit.
The Bearcat running game won’t be able to get going or establish any sort of a rhythm, but Ridder will be solid enough to keep the chains moving and stall Ohio State’s momentum.
Fields will struggle a bit and will go through a little on-field adversity in the first quarter this time, but unlike last week against FAU, JK Dobbins will take over after a workmanlike 91-yard game. He’ll be bottled up early, but two big runs will change the game.
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Ohio State vs. Cincinnati Prediction, Line
Ohio State 40, Cincinnati 17
Line: Ohio State -17, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3
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