Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM (Ohio Stadium)
The Line: Ohio State -16.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bearcats look for a statement victory after beating UCLA by 10 points last Thursday. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won four of their last six road games. Desmond Ridder is completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 242 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Ridder has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. Alec Pierce and Josiah Deguara have combined for 112 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jayshon Jackson has three receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 175 yards per contest, and Michael Warren II leads the way with 92 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 14 points and 218 yards per game. Darrick Forrest leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with nine tackles, Michael Pitts has one sack and Ja'von Hicks has one interception.
The Ohio State Buckeyes look for a 2-0 start after beating FAU by 24 points last Saturday. The Ohio State Buckeyes have lost two home games since the start of the 2015 season. Justin Fields is completing 72 percent of his passes for 234 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Fields has eight career touchdown passes under his belt. Binjimen Victor and Chris Olave have combined for 124 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jeremy Ruckert has four receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 237 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 91 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 21 points and 228 yards per game. Jordan Fuller leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with seven tackles, Chase Young has 1.5 sacks and Josh Proctor has one interception.
The Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 5-16 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Buckeyes are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf. The home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Buckeyes last 5 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Bearcats last 7 road games.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have failed to cover seven of their last nine games as a double-digit favorite, including last week in their win over Florida Atlantic. On the flip side, the Cincinnati Bearcats have failed to cover seven of their last 11 games as a double-digit underdog. Ohio State has better top tier talent and the type of skill and speed Cincinnati isn't used to seeing in the AAC. With that said, this could be the best Cincinnati team we've seen in a very long time and this defense has some thump to it. I also don't think the Bearcats played to the level they're capable of against UCLA. This should be a fun battle between two solid teams, and I'm kind of leaning toward the points.