Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Cincinnati Bearcats CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0) at Ohio State Buckeyes (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State Buckeyes -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats and Ohio State Buckeyes will square off Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have gotten off to a fast 2-0 start and are getting tremendous production out of quarterback Gunner Kiel, who is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and two picks. The former Notre Dame recruit has given the Bearcats a Top 10 passing offense in the country and a fighting chance to win any game if it can continue. In just two games, the Bearcats have 18 passing plays that have produced more than 15 yards. Hosey Williams has given Cincy a decent running game, as he’s averaging six yards per carry on just 19 touches and you can expect the Bearcats to run a little more in hopes of producing a more balanced offense later in the season. Defensively, the Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 463.5 yards per game and have forced four turnovers and 11 sacks. Jeff Luc leads the Bearcats with 30 tackles and Brad Harrah has 2.5 sacks.
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The Ohio State Buckeyes are still trying to figure things out at the quarterback position after crushing Kent State a couple of weeks ago, 66-0. Even after a six-touchdown performance from J.T. Barrett, he’s only completing 59.5 percent of his passes and has thrown at least one interception in all three games this season. Right now Barrett is more of an athlete than a quarterback and it’s probably going to remain that way for the remainder of the season. The good thing is that the Buckeyes are averaging 4.4 yards per carry and have three guys who are capable of carrying the load, especially with Curtis Samuel leading the way with 171 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Ohio State Buckeyes are allowing 278.7 yards per game and have forced seven turnovers and eight sacks. Joshua Perry leads Ohio State with 26 tackles and Darron Lee has four tackles for loss.
The Bearcats are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a bye week. The Buckeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
I’m absolutely terrified with how shaky the Buckeyes offense has looked this season, but it’s not like the Bearcats have a great defense that can take advantage. I look for Ohio State to pull away in the second half and cover the spread late. The Bearcats simply don’t have enough pieces on either side of the ball to make this game interesting for 60 minutes.