Cincinnati vs. Ohio - 9/22/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati vs. Ohio - 9/22/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio Bobcats (1-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Nippert Stadium)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -9 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Ohio Bobcats and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Saturday in college football action at Nippert Stadium.

The Ohio Bobcats look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Ohio Bobcats have lost five of their last eight road games. Nathan Rourke is completing 46.2 percent of his passes for 290 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Rourke and Quinton Maxwell have combined for four touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Papi White and Cameron Odom have combined for 340 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jerome Buckner has two receptions. The Ohio Bobcats ground game is averaging 132 yards per contest, and Maleek Irons leads the way with 95 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio is allowing 38.5 points and 598.5 yards per game. Kylan Nelson leads the Ohio Bobcats with 15 tackles, Will Evans has one sack and Evan Croutch has one interception. 

The Cincinnati Bearcats look for another big victory to start 4-0 for the first time since the 2012 season. The Cincinnati Bearcats have lost six of their last nine home games. Desmond Ridder is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 344 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Ridder has moved the chains on 16 of his 28 pass completions. Kahlil Lewis and Jayshon Jackson have combined for 220 receiving yards and one touchdown while Josiah Deguara has seven receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 263.6 yards per contest, and Michael Warren II leads the way with 311 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing eight points and 228.7 yards per game. James Wiggins leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 14 tackles, Cortez Broughton has 2.5 sacks and Darrick Forrest has one interception.

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The Bobcats are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games, 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bearcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games. The under is 24-11-1 in Bearcats last 36 games overall and the over is 6-2-1 in Bobcats last 9 games overall.

The Ohio Bobcats have been a covering machine on the road dating back to last season and will be up for this game given that it's an in-state battle between a bunch of kids who probably know each other or went to the same high school. The problem is that the Cincinnati Bearcats have been one of the more impressive teams through the first few weeks, and they're led by a defense that's given up a combined seven points in their last nine quarters. That's a crazy stat. The Cincinnati Bearcats are currently third in the country in yards allowed per game, they're getting after the quarterback, making plays in the backfield and have broken up 10 passes. Cincinnati is really playing fine football and is tough to bet against. I'm riding the hot hand and taking the Bearcats to win by double digits.

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Randy’s Pick Cincinnati Bearcats -9

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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