Miami-OH at Cincinnati - 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Miami-OH at Cincinnati - 9/4/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Cincinnati Bearcats (0-0) vs Miami-OH RedHawks (0-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Nippert Stadium)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Bearcats -22.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Miami (OH) RedHawks will travel to Nippert Stadium to take on the 8th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.

The Miami (OH) RedHawks had trouble getting on the football field last season and finished the year with an overall record of 2-1. Offensively, Miami (OH) averaged 28.7 ppg on 365.3 total yards per game (238.3 passing yds/g; 127.0 rushing yds/g). Miami (OH) only returns five starters on the offensive side of the ball, however, they still have plenty of weapons led by QB Brett Gabbert who completed 65.7% of his passes for 384 yards & 4 TD’s. The RedHawks return one of the best receivers in all the MAC in Jack Sorenson who had 18 receptions for 354 yards & 4 TD’s. WR Jalen Walker (3 rec, 49 yards, 2 TD) & TE Jack Coldiron (6 rec, 70yards, 2 TD) also return from the RedHawks this season. Miami (OH) backfield will be led by Kevin Davis who finished last season with 73 yards on 22 carries.

Defensively, Miami (OH) held their opponents to an average of 26.7 ppg on 393.7 total yards per game (267.7 passing yds/g; 126.0 rushing yds/g). Miami (OH) should once again be strong on the defensive end of the field as they return 8 starters including LB’s Ivan Pack Jr. & Ryan McWood.

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Cincinnati was one of the best teams in all of College Football last season, finishing with a 10-1 overall record, however, despite winning the AAC Championship game over Tulsa, could not be happy with how their season ended as they allowed the Georgia Bulldogs to fight back from a double-digit deficit in the 4th quarter to defeat them by a 24-21 margin in the Peach Bowl. Offensively, Cincinnati averaged 37.5 ppg on 451.0 total yards per game (238.6 passing yds/g; 212.4 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the offense this season with be QB Desmond Ridder who decided to return for his senior year completing 66.2% of his passes for 2,296 yards, 19 TD, & 6 INT while also rushing for 592 yards & 12 TD’s. The top receiving targets for Ridder and the Bearcats will be TE Josh Whyle (28 rec, 353 yards, 6 TD), Michael Young Jr. (29 rec, 332 yards, 3 TD), & Alec Pierce (17 rec, 315 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Cincinnati backfield will be the duo of Jerome Ford (73 att, 483 yards, & 8 TD) & Charles McClelland (22 att, 115 yards).

Defensively, Cincinnati held their opponents to an average of 16.8 ppg on 324.6 total yards per game (213.5 passing yds/g; 111.1 rushing yds/g). Cincinnati should once again be one of the better defenses in all of College Football led by CB Ahmad Gardner & DE Myjai Sanders.

The RedHawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. The Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

Miami (OH) has some talent at the skilled positions, including QB Brett Gabbert, however, it’s hard to see the RedHawks having much success in this one considering they are going up against one of the better teams in the country on the road and have some question marks on their offensive line. Desmond Ridder has the talent to be a high draft pick in this upcoming NFL draft and as I think the Bearcats dominate Miami (OH) on both ends of the field in this one, I think they do plenty to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Cincinnati Bearcats -22.5

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