Cincinnati 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Cincinnati 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Cincinnati Bearcats Win Total

2020 College Football Season

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The Cincinnati Bearcats are coming off an impressive season in the American Athletic Conference.  Cincinnati finished the season with an (11-3) overall record, while posting a (7-1) record in conference play.  Cincinnati coached by Luke Fickell. Get College Football Predictions at Pick Dawgz.

Cincinnati was led on offense last season by quarterback Desmond Ridder.  Ridder passed for 2,164 yards, while throwing 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.  The Quarterback also rushed for 650 yards and 5 scores on the ground. Ridder will be under center again for Cincinnati, as the quarterback will be a junior for the 2020 campaign.  The offense will have to overcome the departure of running back Michael Warren II. Warren rushed for over 1,200 yards and had 14 touchdowns, but the running back decided to enter the NFL draft. 

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Coach Luke Fickell will be looking to Gerrid Doaks to step up and take control of the backfield.  Doaks rushed for 526 yards and 5 touchdowns on 100 rushing attempts. Alec Pierce comes back for a junior season, as the wideout hauled in 37 receptions for 652 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The offense was just above the middle of the pack in points averaged per game. The Ridder led offense averaged 29.6 points, which ranked 60th at the FBS level.   

Defensively, the defense was very stout.  The team allowed an average of 20.6 points per game, which ranked 24th in the country.  Cincinnati totaled 31 sacks, while picking off opposing quarterbacks 16 times. Linebacker Michael Pitts led the defense in sacks with 5.5, while totaling 29 tackles.  Ja’Von Hicks had an impressive season in the secondary for the Bearcats. The safety recorded 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 50 tackles. He will be roaming the secondary for his junior season for Cincinnati.

Let us take a look at the Cincinnati schedule for the 2020 season.  

 Sept. 3: AUSTIN PEAY 
 Sept. 11: WESTERN MICHIGAN 
 Sept. 19: @ Miami 
 Sept. 26: @ 
 Oct. 3: USF 
 Oct. 17: @ Tulsa 
 Oct. 24: @ SMU 
 Oct. 31: MEMPHIS 
 Nov. 7: HOUSTON
 Nov. 12: ECU 
 Nov. 21: @ UCF 
 Nov. 28: @ Temple 

Cincinnati will be playing four straight non-conference games to open the season.  Out of those 4 games, there are 2 at home and 2 on the road. Cincinnati will take care of business of Austin Peay and Western Michigan before hitting the road.  Cincinnati should be able to start the season 3-0, with a toss up game at Nebraska.  The plus side on that road game in Big Ten territory, Luke Fickell knows a thing or two about Nebraska from his time at Ohio State. Cincinnati has a solid defense, but I like the offense to be even better this season.  Ridder gained valuable experience as a sophomore last season and played well. I look for Ridder to lead the Cincinnati offense to an average of more points that 29.6 this season. Seeing that Cincinnati has an above average chance to start 4-0, I’m going to take the Bearcats to cover this win total.  The projected win total is 8.5 and I like Cincinnati to take control come AAC play.

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