Cincinnati Bearcats vs Indiana Hoosiers Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Bearcats vs Indiana Hoosiers
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Indiana Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Hoosiers (+3.5)
The Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0) are hitting the road to Indiana Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the Indiana Hoosiers (1-1). Cincinnati opens as 3.5-point favorites. The total is 49.5.
The Cincinnati Bearcats step onto the field holding a record of 2-0 this season. The last time they took the field, the Bearcats stepped onto the field against the Murray State Racers and walked away with a win by a score of 42-7. Jerome Ford led the offense in rushing for the Bearcats with 18 carries for 113 yds (6.3 yards per carry). Desmond Ridder finished 14/22 with 243 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 186.4 and walked away from the contest without throwing a pick. Against the run, the Bearcats conceded 94 yards on 36 attempts, which averages out to 2.6 yards per run allowed. Cincinnati relinquished 17 completions on 29 attempts for 149 yards, and a completion rate of 58.6%. For the game, they ran 57 plays which gave them 391 yards. The Cincinnati Bearcats ended up rushing 32 times and tallied 130 yards, which is an average of 4.1 yds per attempt.
In terms of getting in the endzone, the Cincinnati Bearcats hold an average of 45.5 PPG. Offensively they average 188.5 yards on the ground ranking them 41st in the country. The Bearcats have racked up 933 total yards for the year. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Cincinnati has earned 3 touchdowns via the pass and 6 rushing touchdowns. Cincinnati has accrued 44 1st downs, and they have committed 11 penalties for 85 yards.
The Bearcats are ranked 23rd in the nation concerning team defense, allowing 10.5 points per contest. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.2 yards per rush on the ground and 131.5 yards on the ground per game on the season. Over the course of this season, they have given up 263 rushing yards through 2 outings. Concerning yards through the air, the Bearcats are allowing 258 yds which ranks them 38th in the country. They are allowing 129.0 yards per game through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 45.6%. Overall, they have relinquished 260.5 yards per contest which has them ranked 52nd in Division 1.
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The Hoosiers head into this game 1-1 for this year. The last time they took the gridiron, the Hoosiers got the victory with a final of 56-14 when they played the Idaho Vandals. Michael Penix Jr. (2 touchdowns) walked away from the contest with 68 yards on 11/16 through the air while his quarterback rating was 145.7. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 4.3. Stephen Carr carried the rock 22 times for 118 yards, finishing the contest with 5.4 yards per carry for Indiana. Indiana ran for 3.6 yds per carry, finishing the game with 179 yds on 50 attempts. The Hoosiers finished the contest with 338 yards while running 70 plays (4.8 yards per play). The Hoosiers pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 59.0%, relinquishing 196 yards on 23 out of 39 through the air. Indiana gave up 22 run attempts for 65 yds (3.0 yards per rush).
The Indiana Hoosiers average 285.5 yards per contest, which has them ranked 94th in college football. The Indiana offense has compiled 117 yds of penalties on 12 infractions, which is good for 60th in Division 1 in terms of giving up free yards. Over the course of the season thus far, the Hoosiers have earned 315 passing yards as well as an average of 157.5 passing yards per outing, which has them ranked 94th in Division 1. Regarding how much they score, the Hoosiers are ranked 64th in D-1 holding an average of 31.0 PPG.
The Hoosiers are conceding 24.0 points per contest, which puts them 91st in Division 1. Indiana has given up a total of 223 rushing yards (111.5 yards per game) as well as 2 touchdowns rushing this year. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 48 points in total. They have surrendered 2 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 170.5 yards/game, which puts them in 67th in the nation. The Hoosiers defense has taken the field for 125 plays, which ranks them 71st in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Bearcats/Hoosiers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hoosiers +3.5
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