The Bearcats are 3-3 on the year and have an offense that will spread the field and attack the USF secondary through the air. However, despite a strong offense, Cincinnati has struggled on defense this year allowing opponents to run for high numbers throughout the year. Let’s learn more about the Bearcats and the numbers they have put up and allowed so far this season.
On offense, Cincinnati is averaging 34.3 PPG. They are averaging 120.2 yards per game on the ground and 4 yards per rush (6 touchdowns on the year). USF has been gashed before in the run game and will need to get better in this not allowing the big runs up the middle that have hurt them throughout the season. Cincinnati is making a living throwing the ball, averaging 322.8 yards per game in the air, averaging 13.9 yards per catch (19 touchdown passes this year). The USF secondary has been very young this season as the Bulls have been rotating in the younger players, trying to find the best group moving forward. They will have to be at their best in this game or Gunner Kiel and the Cincinnati air offense will pick them apart (Chris Dunkley may not be ready to return for this game either). Overall, they are averaging 443 yards per game, making for a tough challenge for Coach Bresnahan and his group as they prepare for another spread offense that is going to be ready for this game. They will have to defend the sidelines and swarm to the ball carrier on every short pass, taking away the extra yardage.
On defense, Cincinnati is allowing 34.5 PPG, showing they can be scored on. They allow 232.3 yards per game on the ground, allowing 5.3 yards per rush (10 touchdowns given up overall on the ground). The USF offense is built around the run and with Marlon Mack and crew getting going in the last week’s win over Tulsa, they could be primed for a big game in this one. They will need to have another big game if they want to continue their recent success on offense. Cincinnati has allowed 281.7 yards per game through the air this season, allowing 13.9 yards per catch (14 pass touchdowns allowed this year). Mike White had one of his best games in the win over Tulsa. He will need to carry it over in this game and continue to get the ball to Andre Davis and his targets. If the offensive line can keep him on his feet, he will have a chance to deliver passes all over the field. Overall, Cincinnati has allowed 524 yards per game (that’s a lot of yards). If the USF offense can repeat anything from last weekend, they will stand a chance in this game and should be able to move the ball in this game.