Saturday, October 17, 2020, H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, noon. ET
Bearcats at Golden Hurricane Betting Preview: Bearcats (-4.5), Golden Hurricane (+4.5)
Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell is considering giving backup quarterback Ben Bryant a good look when the No. 8 Bearcats (3-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) take on Tulsa. Starter Desmon Ridder has thrown four interceptions and lost a fumble, and some competition might shake things up, Fickell said.
“I think it’s going to make them better,” Fickell said. “It’s going to make us better in the long run.”
Whoever is behind center will be facing a pass rush that has the Golden Hurricane No. 12 in FBS statistics in sacks with 3.5 per game.
The Bearcats are averaging just over 35 points a game and holding opponents to just over 12 while outgaining them in total offense 396 yards to 306.7, but Fickel is hungry for more.
“I think there’s a lot of things that we can kind of look at to find a way to take us to the next level,” he said. “That hunger and little bit of anger inside knows darn well we didn’t play quite up to the expectations that we would like to play.”
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Playing a ranked opponent has become the norm for the Golden Hurricane (1-1, 1-0 AAC). After splitting games against No. 11 Oklahoma State (a 16-7 loss) and No. 11 UCF (a 34-26), they will be looking for their first win over a Top 10 foe in nearly 50 years when they host the No. 8 Bearcats.
The Golden Hurricane haven’t beaten a Top 10 opponent since a 21-20 win over then No. 7 Arkansas in 1971. It will be their first game at home against a Top 10 opponent since they hosted No. 4 Oklahoma in 2014.
Finally, this will be the first time the Golden Hurricane have played three consecutive ranked opponents.
“I am very proud of our football team and those guys for sticking together,” Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. “We have always been a gritty, hard-nosed 60-minute football team.”
Zach Smith has passed for 438 yards in Tulsa’s two outings, completing 61.4 percent of his 57 attempts with four touchdown passes against two interceptions..Keylon Stokes has 10 receptions for 150 yards with six catches for 95 yards in the win at UCF.
Bearcats at Golden Hurricane Betting Pick for October 17, 2020
Most of the Bearcats advantage in scoring came in a 55-20 rout of Austin Peay in their opener. They have followed that with a 24-10 win over Army and 28-7 decision over South Florida before sitting out next week. Tulsa has played well in both of its outings and will be a dangerous opponent.
Bearcats at Golden Hurricane Betting Pick:
Golden Hurricane 31, Bearcats 24
Bearcats at Golden Hurricane Best Bet for October 17, 2020
The Golden Hurricane won’t be intimidated by the Bearcats’ ranking after their comeback win at UCF in their last outing. Their ability to get pressure on the quarterback and get a running game going behind Deneric Prince (5.9 per carry average) will key an outright win for the Golden Hurricane.
Bearcats at Golden Hurricane Best Bet: OVER 47.5
–Field Level Media