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Statistical Projection: Ohio State vs. Cincinnati

Ohio State football Chris Olave

Recap: Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic

Alright, alright. Optimistic Adam struck again.

Justin Fields was electric, as we knew he should be. I was very close on his pass total (25 vs. a projected 26) and completions (18 vs. 21). He managed to outshine my TD total, throwing one more TD pass than I anticipated. I thought that the other QBs would see more action, but Ryan Day left Fields in for the majority of the game, limiting the backup work to just a handful of snaps for Chris Chugonov.

Dobbins led the way in rushing, carrying the ball three less times than I predicted and for far fewer yards. The RB breakdown after Dobbins featured McCall early, but without many touches. Teague III and Crowley each got the ball in the fourth quarter and had success rushing.

Olave was the prime target in the receiving game, not K.J. Hill. Victor, as projected, snagged a pair of passes, including one for a TD. The biggest surprise, though I did pick a TE to have a touchdown catch, was that it was Jeremy Ruckert and that he did it twice.

The specialists did special things. Haubeil was perfect on the day, registering a field goal and six PATs. Chrisman, though he posted a very respectable 43.75 yard average on his punts, also seemed to be a bit off with his deadly pooch accuracy.

Overall, the Bucks looked good, but showed plenty of room for improvement. They were about one hundred yards shy of both my rushing and passing predictions, so perhaps I went a TAD overboard there.

September 7 – Ohio State vs. Cincinnati

Quarterback Projections

If Justin Fields throws for four TDs and rushes for another one in this game, I’ll… well, I probably won’t do anything crazy… but I’d be very surprised. Luke Fickell’s Bearcats have an aggressive, disciplined defense, as you’d expect. They’ll try to confuse and harass the young, new Buckeye QB with different looks and plenty of pressure. However, I think it’s Fields’ ability to move in the pocket and his experienced and talented receivers that come up big in this matchup.

Once Fields is able to force UC to back off from their initial push to shake him, the Buckeyes will be able to rely on their big fellas up front and veteran running back. Fields finishes the day with over 200 yards passing, including two scores, and some very valuable rushing yardage.

Running Back Projections

Although he totaled “only” 91 yards rushing last weekend in a decent effort, I think that Dobbins carries the team forward in this game. He may not have too many huge gains, but he’ll move the chains repeatedly and wear down the Bearcat D. With momentum on his side and the defensive players tiring, OSU can pound the football and push the ball into Cincinnati territory.

McCall and Teague will both see the field, with McCall even making a big first down in the passing game, but Dobbins gets the bulk of the backfield work. J.K. will also punch one in from about five yards out, using a hard cut and diving through traffic.

Pass Catcher Projections

K.J. Hill gets back on top of the receiving stat list, hauling in five catches and a TD. Olave doesn’t miss him by much, as he again makes the most of his time on the field and strengthens his relationship with Fields.

Mack makes a couple of catches in traffic and Victor again has a big gain, though not for a score this time. Surprising everyone, Ruckert finds himself a home on the stat sheet once more, bringing down two catches, including another TD. Garrett Wilson also has a big first down play early in the second half to move the sticks and keep an important drive going.

Specialist Projections

Blake Haubeil connects on each of three PATs and also makes three of four field goal attempts, missing one from just outside of 45 yards.

Drue Chrisman does his best to keep the field position battle in OSU’s favor. He hits six punts for over a 42-yard average, including 2 inside of the UC 20.

Ryan Day outlasts “that team down south” (eye roll) in a hard-fought, defensive battle with plenty of special teams influence. The Bearcats keep in close, but fail to threaten OSU in the fourth quarter.

Final Score Prediction

Ohio State 30 – Cincinnati 17

8 Responses

  1. “Once Fields is able to force UC to back off from their initial push to shake him”
    Break out the crack pipe. If Dobbins cannot get the run game going we are in big trouble. He looked awful. si

    1. “Awful” seems a bit much for 4.3 ypc. Now, it certainly wasn’t the best we’ve seen him, but I think having a QB that can escape and tire a strong defense will help JK immensely.

      1. LOL…… Calling JK Dobbins’ 4.3 ypc AWFUL is a bit much for an Ohio State? Sorry but that’s garbage can level. It’s not merely awful……..it’s ATROCIOUS. Lydell Ross was run out of Columbus for his season avg. of 4.6 ypc. JK Dobbins is heralded as one of the best RB’s in Buckeye history. MY of MY how expectations for a position of historic greatness at Ohio State has fallen. Having an escape artist didn’t do much of anything to help JK last week. What makes you think it’ll make any difference in week 2 against a far better opponent?

        If JK and that “offensive” line doesn’t get better in a hurry this is going to be a dumpster fire offensive season. Like everyone else in Buckeye Nation, I bought into the BS about JK getting better for this season. 4.3 ypc against one of the worst teams in CFB? smh

        Do you realize that Cincinnati gave up 62 yards (1.7 ypc), with a long carry of 10 yards to a Power 5 Conference school that in all likelihood would beat up an even worse FAU.

        I’ve got to readjust expectations based on what has occurred with JK last year and at the start of this year because his performance is that of a leg legged horse in the Kentucky Derby.

        18 carries 80 yards 4.45 ypc. It’s turning out that JK’s freshman season was an aberration. And that’s just sad.

    1. like i’ve said, this game worries me, and figure it’s going to be a lot like a typical msu or psu game. ugly and tight.

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