Indiana Hoosiers (3-0) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1)
September 24, 2022 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -15.5 / Indiana Hoosiers +15.5; Over/Under: 54
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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Indiana Hoosiers do battle Saturday in a week 4 college football contest at Nippert Stadium. The Indiana Hoosiers look for their second 4-0 start in the last 3 years. The Cincinnati Bearcats look for a win to improve to 3-1 on the year.
The Indiana Hoosiers have lost their last 4 road games. Connor Bazelak is completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 891 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Cam Camper and D.J. Matthews Jr. have combined for 493 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Emery Simmons has 8 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 131 yards per contest, and Shaun Shivers leads the way with 241 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 24 points and 446 yards per game. Cam Jones leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 32 tackles, Dasan McCullough has 3 sacks and Josh Sanguinetti has 1 interception.
The Cincinnati Bearcats haven’t lost a home game since November 2017. Ben Bryant is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 863 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Tyler Scott and Tre Tucker have combined for 421 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, while Jadon Thompson has 7 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 160.7 yards per contest, and Charles McClelland leads the way with 211 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 19.3 points and 298 yards per game. Ivan Pace Jr. leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 31 tackles, Ja’quan Sheppard has 1 sack and Arquon Bush has 1 interception.
The Hoosiers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Bearcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The over is 4-1 in Hoosiers last 5 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Bearcats last 5 games overall.
We’re going to learn a lot about the Indiana Hoosiers here, as they’ve had a bit of a soft schedule, and they have yet to play on the road. The Cincinnati Bearcats are certainly the better, more talented team here, but they’re not perfect, as they’ve had issues running the ball and stopping the run. Also, Cincinnati has failed to cover 5 of its last 8 games as a double-digit favorite. This line is a bit disrespectful toward an unbeaten Indiana team that has a top-25 passing offense. Give me the points.