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#117 Miami - OH 48 vs.
#118 Cincinnati -17.5
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
Written by Scott Reichel



#117 Miami University
#118 University of Cincinnati


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This Saturday, there is a college football matchup between the Miami (OH) RedHawks and the Cincinnati Bearcats. These teams will face off at about 12:00 PM. This is game three of the regular season for both teams, which will take place at Nippert Stadium.

RedHawks Look For Massive Road Upset

The Miami (OH) RedHawks entered the 2019 season with hopes of making it back into a bowl game. Last season, the RedHawks went 6-6 overall and 6-2 in conference but did not get an invite to a bowl game. Now, the RedHawks look destined for a similar result in this year’s campaign as they are on pace to win six games once again this season. After getting blown out in week one by Iowa, Miami (OH) was able to bounce back and destroyed Tennessee Tech by a score of 48-17. Now, Miami (OH) has to go back on the road to take on a solid Cincinnati team that should be motivated back in its home stadium. Look for the RedHawks to come out focused in this game.

The starting quarterback for the RedHawks is freshman Brett Gabbert who has looked okay in the first two games of the season. Last week, he threw for just 152 yards as his team destroyed Tennessee Tech at home. However, he also had two rushing touchdowns so his overall stats were decent. Now, Gabbert has to face a much better defense on Saturday and he will need to do more through the air for his team to have any chance at pulling the upset.

So far this season, Miami (OH) has been underwhelming on offense. Specifically, the RedHawks rank 115th in the nation with 297.0 yards per game while also scoring just 31.0 points per game which ranks 67th. At the same time, Miami’s defense ranks tied for 81st in the nation in points allowed with 27.5 while also ranking tied for 71st with 374.0 yards allowed per game.

Cincinnati Looks To Bounce Back After Blowout Loss

The Cincinnati Bearcats entered the 2019 season with expectations of building upon last year’s success. Last season, Cincinnati went an impressive 11-2 overall and 6-2 in conference. However, Cincinnati has already lost a game within the first two weeks as it was humiliated on national television by Ohio State last week. Specifically, the Bearcats got shut out and lost by 42 points. Now, Cincinnati gets to return home as it hopes to forget about that loss and will try to return to its winning ways against an inferior foe on Saturday. Whether or not the Bearcats will capitalize on this opportunity, though, remains to be seen.

The starting quarterback for the Bearcats is sophomore Desmond Ridder who has looked average in the first two games of the season. Last week, he threw for just 166 yards along with zero passing touchdowns and one interception as his team got blown out by Ohio State on the road. For the season, he has two touchdowns and 408 passing yards which is okay but nothing special. He will look to have a much bigger impact on Saturday’s game as a result.


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So far this season, Cincinnati has been underwhelming on offense. Specifically, the Bearcats rank 96th in the nation with 345.0 yards per game while also scoring just 12.0 points per game which ranks 124th. At the same time, Cincinnati’s defense has been slightly better as it ranks 87th in the nation in points allowed with 28.0 while also ranking 67th with 363.0 yards allowed per game.

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Simply put, I do not think that Cincinnati’s offense is good enough to cover this point spread. UCLA has been awful so far this season and it only lost to Cincinnati by just ten points. Plus, Cincinnati just got shutout last week so I question if this team will be able to score more than 30 points in this game. Meanwhile, Miami (OH) is averaging 31.0 points per game so I can see the RedHawks scoring at least 17 points in this game. I expect this game to end somewhere in the realm of 28-17 so I will take the points with the road team in this game.

Prediction: Miami RedHawks +16.5

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Cincinnati is a perfect under team as its defense is extremely solid while its offense is below average. Cincinnati is averaging just 12.0 points per game this season and should play extremely well defensively in front of its home crowd on Saturday. Meanwhile, Miami (OH) only scored 14 points in its lone road game this season so I do not expect either team to score more than 28 points. As a result, I have to lean to the under.

Prediction: Under 48

Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.