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Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Indiana Hoosiers Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Memorial Stadium Bloomington
127Bearcats Cincinnati
128Hoosiers Indiana
OP
0
49.5
CU
-7 +143
50.5o -110
ML
ML: -185
ML: 160
Partials
1 2 3
0 10 13 15
7 7 10 0
Score
38
24

Indiana expects another shot at a ranked opponent will yield better results and get its season back on track.

The Hoosiers (1-1) host No. 8 Cincinnati (2-0) on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, where Indiana has gone 8-2 since the start of the 2019 season.

Indiana faces its highest-ranked non-conference opponent since playing at home against No. 2 USC on Sept. 19, 1981.

After losing at No. 5 Iowa 34-6 to start the season, Indiana bounced back with a 56-14 victory in its home opener against Idaho. The Hoosiers scored two of their eight touchdowns on special teams -- a blocked punt and 81-yard punt return for a touchdown by D.J. Matthews.

"You have an opportunity Week 1 (against Iowa), and we're going to have many opportunities as you see the polls come out as the season unfolds to be able to play against top teams in the country," Indiana football coach Tom Allen said. "And our schedule is full of them. And this is the next one."

To seize that opportunity, Indiana will need a big game from quarterback Michael Penix Jr., who got back on track somewhat after throwing three interceptions in the Iowa loss. Penix completed 11-of-16 passes for 68 yards with two TDs passing and one TD rushing against Idaho before being pulled in the third quarter with the Hoosiers comfortably ahead.

"As far as progress from Week 1 to Week 2, I feel like we just executed better, executed at a (higher) level," Penix said. "We just continued to play the full 60 minutes. We made sure that we didn't let up."

Cincinnati (2-0) is coming off a 42-7 win over Murray State. The Bearcats got off to a slow start offensively, with the game tied 7-all at halftime, before pulling away with 35 unanswered points in the second half.

"For us I think there's nothing greater than having to handle some adversity," Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. "In Week 1, we really didn't have to handle any adversity, kind of came out and played the way we wanted to play, and the only way to grow up is to have some adversity."

Quarterback Desmond Ridder has picked up where he left off last season, passing for 538 yards with six TDs and one interception in his first two games. Running back Jerome Ford has added 238 yards and four TDs on 7.8 yards per carry.

Speculation is swirling this week surrounding the status of Fickell, who has led Cincinnati to a 37-14 record and three straight bowl appearances entering his fifth season. Southern California coach Clay Helton was fired on Monday, and Mike Bohn, USC's athletic director, hired Fickell when he was the athletic director at Cincinnati.

"I barely talk to my own family during the season," Fickell said. "So I would never talk about it, nor would I even answer a phone call or anything like that. I know nothing, nor does it make me have any interest. It's not a big deal. It's nothing but distractions if people allow it to be, and for us, it can't be."

--Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Indiana Hoosiers Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Demond Ridder connected with Alec Pierce on a 19-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to fuel No. 8 Cincinnati to a 38-24 win over Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

Ridder completed 20 of 36 passes for 210 yards and Jerome Ford added 66 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Bearcats (3-0), who have won 12 of their last 13 games.

Ridder's 7-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left sealed the win.

The Hoosiers (1-2) were done in by turnovers. Indiana turned it over four times, including twice in the red zone, with a fumble by running back Tim Baldwin Jr. at Cincinnati's 2-yard line negating a potential go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter.

Wide receiver D.J. Matthews sparked Indiana's offense with five catches for 120 yards.

Indiana was dominant on defense early, cashing in on two Cincinnati turnovers to build an early 14-0 lead.

After Hoosiers defensive back Marcelino Ball intercepted a Ridder pass at midfield, Indiana scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Michael Penix to tight end Peyton Hendershot to take an early 7-0 lead.

Defensive end Ryder Anderson forced the Hoosiers' second turnover of the second half, a strip sack recovered at the Cincinnati 7-yard line. Two plays later, Penix found Stephen Carr for a 5-yard touchdown pass.

Indiana had two more chances to score in the red zone in the first half, but Penix was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 from the Cincinnati 10-yard line. Penix also had a pass attempt in the end zone intercepted by defensive back Bryan Cook.

But Cincinnati regained momentum late in the first half when Indiana preseason All-American linebacker was ejected late in the second quarter for targeting.

The Bearcats put together a nine-play, 75-yard drive, cutting Indiana's lead to 14-7 on 6-yard touchdown run by Jerome Ford with 1:33 left in the second half.

After Arquon Bush intercepted a Penix pass with 27 seconds left in the half, Cincinnati was able to drive into field goal range. Cole Smith connected on a 32-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the first half, cutting Indiana's lead to 14-10 at halftime.

Cincinnati took its first lead of the game, 17-14, on a 3-yard touchdown run by Ford. The Hoosiers answered with a five-play, 75-yard drive, with a Matthews 14-yard touchdown run on a reverse putting the Hoosiers back up 21-17.

Cincinnati's Tre Tucker returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a TD, but the Bearcats missed the extra point. Charles Campbell put Indiana back up 24-23 with a 49-yard field with 41 seconds left in the third quarter.

--Field Level Media

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