With a 2-0 record against Urban Meyer, many feel Tuberville has the Bearcats in position to knock off the Buckeyes behind their high powered offense and a few gambles that has earned Tuberville his nickname “The Riverboat Gambler” over the years.
Get Off To Fast Start – The Bearcats must get off to a fast start to remove the biggest crowd the team has played in front of over the past several years. Much like they did against Toledo, Gunner Kiel needs to hit his receivers in stride and pressure the Ohio State secondary into mistakes.
Offensive Line Play Their Best Game – Play along the offensive line has been solid but not great. Facing one of the best defensive front fours will place more pressure on the Bearcats up front than they’ve seen in their first two games.
Establish A Running Game – Because the Bearcats passing attack has been great, the lack of truly running the football has not been an issue. However, in this environment, Cincinnati must establish a running attack to keep the Buckeyes front seven honest in their assignments. If not, look for Ohio State to pin their ears back and bring tremendous pressure on Kiel and the offensive line.
Pressure Buckeyes QB J.T. Barrett – The Bearcats defense must put pressure on Barrett to force him into mistakes if they hope to leave Columbus with a win. While we don’t expect to see the kind of pressure Virginia Tech placed on Barrett, Tommy Tuberville and defensive coordinator Hank Hughes must take a few chances and have success when they do so.
Come Out Strong In Third Quarter – In each of the first two games this season, Cincinnati has started extremely slow coming out of halftime. A poor third quarter against Ohio State will place too much pressure on a team still finding its identity.