Cincinnati Bearcats vs Indiana Hoosiers predictions

Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana University Memorial StadiumESPN
Indiana Hoosiers
1-1
Indiana Hoosiers
Today
Cincinnati Bearcats
2-0
Cincinnati Bearcats
Cincinnati Bearcats

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Indiana Hoosiers
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Cincinnati Win -4.0

Through two games, Cincinnati has looked dominant. Desmond Ridder is playing like a serious Heisman candidate, the defense is creating havoc on nearly every snap and Luke Fickell’s name continues to soar up the list of coaches who are in line for a job at a major program. Now, the Bearcats have their chance to stamp their legitimacy against a Power 5 team when they face Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday. And while the Cincinnati passing game has been close to flawless, the Hoosiers’ passing game hasn’t clicked yet. Michael Penix Jr. has clearly been bothered coming off an ACL tear last season, and the Bearcats defense is not one to face with a gun-shy quarterback and struggling offense. Boasting a stout secondary and a front 7 with NFL talent across the board, Cincinnati’s defense has forced 4 turnovers, created 19 havoc plays and 13 tackles for loss through its first 2 games.

On the other end, Indiana’s defense is poised for some regression after outperforming expectations a year ago, and that spells trouble against a team that can use long drives driven by the run game, or strike quickly for touchdowns through the air. All Cincinnati has done for the last 2 years is take care of business, and at this point, anything less than a New Year’s Six bowl would feel like a disappointment. The Hoosiers defense hasn’t faced an offense like this since last fall and Penix Jr. has not looked sharp on his return from injury. Take the Bearcats to make a statement on the road.  

Cincinnati -4 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number. 

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Indiana Hoosiers
Game Totals Pick
Over 50.0

While Cincinnati got out to a slow start a week ago, that was clearly a look-ahead spot for the Bearcats and they just wanted to get out of the game with a victory, and no injuries to speak of. Indiana has shown a propensity to turn the ball over, and expect Fickell’s defense to create havoc and turnovers en route to producing a few quick scoring drives.

However, Indiana’s offense is hardly inept and the Hoosiers should be able to put up around 20-24 points, especially when factoring in potential early nerves for the Bearcats. At its current number, this total still has a little value. Take the over.  

Over 50 available at time of publishing. Playable to over 50.5.

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