The Cincinnati Bearcats take to the road as they look to improve to 2-0 on the year. The Bearcats travel to face the Purdue Boilermakers in a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon. The game kicks off at 12:00 pm ET from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana. The game is nationally televised on the Big Ten Network. The current Vegas odds have Cincinnati as a 6 point favorite in this contest with the over/under set at 59.5 points.
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Cincinnati opened the 2016 season by knocking off FCS school Tennessee-Martin 28-7 last Thursday night. Purdue managed to get a win in their season opener by handling FCS school Eastern Kentucky, 45-24, Saturday. This is the third all-time meeting between the schools. Each team has won one of the two previous meetings. Cincinnati rolled to a 42-7 victory in the last meeting between the schools, which came back in 2013.
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Cincinnati struggled in their opener against Tennessee-Martin. The Bearcats were down 7-6 at the half before outscoring the SkyHawks 22-0 in the second half. Cincinnati led just 14-7 late in the fourth quarter before scoring two touchdowns in the last five minutes to put the game away. The Bearcats struggled mightily on the offensive side: despite rolling up 400 yards and 22 first downs, they were just 5 of 13 on third down. Cincinnati has to step their game up if they plan on picking up the victory in this contest.
Hayden Moore hit 21 of 34 passes for 260 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the contest. Tion Green was the force on the ground as he had 16 carries for 97 yards to lead Cincinnati. Mike Boone was limited to 35 yards on 12 carries though he did score a touchdown. Nate Cole led the Bearcats with six receptions for 64 yards plus a score while Devin Gray had five catches for 111 yards. Kahlil Lewis had the other touchdown reception for Cincinnati. The Bearcats’ final touchdown came on Tyrell Gilbert’s 58 yard interception return for a score with 2:16 to play. The Bearcats forced three turnovers but committed three of their own.
Purdue coach Darrell Hazell finds himself in a tough situation as the winds of change are blowing in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers have struggled under his guidance, with Saturday’s win upping his mark at the school to a less than impressive 7-30. Purdue jumped to a 21-0 edge in the first quarter but then flatlined for a while. It took a 17 point fourth quarter to put the Colonels away after the score was 28-18 after three quarters. The Boilermakers need a full 60 minute effort to beat teams, not picking and choosing their spots.
David Blough was solid in his first start of the year. He completed 25 of 43 passes for 245 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He chipped in 18 yards plus a pair of scores on the ground. Markell Jones broke the 100 yard rushing mark for the second time in his career. He ran the ball 24 times for 145 yards and a score. Brian Lankford-Johnson had four carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. Domonique Young led Purdue with eight grabs for 74 yards in the game. Purdue rolled up 512 yards of offense in the game and picked up 25 first downs. The defense, while allowing 398 yards, forced four turnovers, including a pick six that gave the Boilermakers a 21-0 edge.
Both teams had positives and negatives coming out of their respective openers. For Cincinnati, it was a matter of adjusting to change: Gunner Kiel wasn’t under center and their offensive coordinator of a year ago is in Kentucky. Throw in losing six receivers that had at least 450 receiving yards a year ago and it’s a lot of transition. Purdue has young talent but with youth comes inexperience and inconsistency. The Boilermakers are improved but the Bearcats get the win.
Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in their last six after a straight up win by at least 20 points and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine after allowing less than 20 points. Purdue is 1-5 ATS in their last six in September and 1-6 ATS in their last seven at home.