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Miami – OH Redhawks vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Where and when: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, Saturday, 12:00 pm EST
Cincinnati will certainly look to get back onto the field as the Bearcats will host the Miami -Ohio Redhawks on Saturday afternoon at Nippert Stadium at 12:00 pm EST. Cincinnati picked up the shutout victory in last year’s meeting at Yager Stadium after scoring two late touchdowns to break open a 7-0 contest.
Nonetheless, after putting up over 400 yards, total, versus the UCLA Bruins in week-one, the Bearcats were held to only 273 yards versus Ohio State last Saturday while their defense, which allowed just 218 yards of total offense to the Bruins, regressed significantly in surrendering 508 yards to the Buckeyes in the shutout loss. Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell stated that the showing was “a humbling experience. Had our absolute butts whipped.”
And while the Bearcats have a couple more tune-up games versus the Redhawks along with the Marshall Thundering Herd before getting into conference play, they must use this contest in order to build some confidence after such a disheartening loss to their instate rival.
On the other hand, the Redhawks enjoyed their first win of the season over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at home by thirty-one points thanks to a huge night on the ground from Tyre Shelton who lead the unit with sixty-five yards on eleven rushes. This after gaining only four yards, total, versus the Iowa Hawkeyes on the road in the previous week.
They now go back on the road where they have dropped three of their last four games dating back to last season’s campaign to face a team that will be focused on a much better performance in the Bearcats. Important to note that Cincinnati carved up the defense for Miami, Ohio, last year in gaining a total of 194 yards. Currently, the Bearcats are 17 point favorites, according to PointsBet.
Bearcats hope to claim victory bell after taking out Redhawks
After what their head coach called a “humbling experience”, the Bearcats will likely come into this matchup with a bit of confidence after a shutout victory over the Redhawks in last year’s meeting, as pointed out. QB Desmond Ridder will look to get Cincinnati’s offense back on track while running back Tavion Thomas should be chomping at the bit for a rushing attack that is currently averaging 141 yards per game thus far in 2019. Furthermore, with ten penalties for nearly 100 yards in their loss to OSU, look for the Bearcats to play much more disciplined during this Saturday matchup.
— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) September 10, 2019
With their win versus UCLA in week-one, the Bearcats have picked up wins in seven straight home games dating back to last year. And aside from posting just twenty-four points in their win over the Bruins, the offense scored thirty or more points in six of their last seven at Nippert Stadium. Important to note that Ridder is probable with an arm injury.
Miami, Ohio, seeks two straight wins
Miami, Ohio, was also penalty-ridden versus the Golden Eagles in week-two in accumulating ninety-five yards on ten penalties, total. However, with a defense that allowed only seventy-four yards to Tennessee Tech while holding them to an 18% third-down conversion rate, the team was able to pull away in the second quarter after posting a whopping thirty-one points en route to the blowout victory.
And while the defense certainly deserves a huge share of credit for the win, the rushing attack led the way with 190 yards led by Tyre Shelton, who finished with sixty-five yards on eleven carries. QB Brett Gabbert passed for 152 yards with Dominic Robinson along with Jalen Walker totaling for five catches for sixty yards each.
#RivalryWeek ! We face Cincinnati in the 124th Battle for the Victory Bell 🔔
— Miami Football (@MiamiOHFootball) September 10, 2019
The Redhawks take to the road to somehow solve a Cincinnati Bearcats team that they could not seem to run the ball against in finishing with under 200 yards of total offense in their shutout defeat last year. Furthermore, with Miami, Ohio, winning only one of their last four road games, it may be an uphill battle on Saturday. However, with their offense posting thirty-one points per game thus far along with having a defense that is coming off an outstanding effort, the Redhawks may indeed make a game of it in Ohio.
- Bearcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- No trends to report
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I see the Bearcats covering the seventeen in this instance as I happen to believe that their offense will kick things into high gear at some point. In other words, the home team will pull away on the strength of their rushing attack which will, in turn, open up their passing attack. In all, pick the Bearcats to cover as the game nears the end.
Prediction: Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -17
Full-Game Total Pick
I will strongly back the over for this matchup as the Bearcats are seemingly a different team at home. As pointed out, their offense has posted at least thirty points in six of their last seven games at Nippert. Coupled with that, after such an unproductive offense showing versus the Buckeyes, look for the Bearcats to show and prove in this area. Look for Miami to hang around for much of the contest while Cincinnati will pull away late in a high-scoring affair.
Prediction: Pick: Over 49