After two straight road trips to Navy and Tulane, the Cincinnati Bearcats are set to host Tulsa this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Bearcats enter this week with a special treat in the form of College’s Gameday’s first ever visit to Nippert Stadium, which will be highlighted by some of ESPN’s most profound talent — Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and more — at The Commons. Cincinnati fans can find more on that at gobearcats.com
With a record of 8-0 (4-0 American Athletic Conference), Luke Fickell’s squad earned the No. 6 spot in the initial College Football Playoff Rankings. A lower than expected rating was defended by CFP committee chairman Gary Barta, who knocked on the team for an assortment of reasons.
“The committee has great respect for Cincy,” Barta said. The win at Notre Dame was a really impressive win. When you look at who they’ve played after that, who else did they beat?”
Unfortunately for Luke Fickell and the rest of the program, such matters are out of the teams hands, meaning Cincinnati can only look at what is in front of them. This week’s showdown will see last year’s AAC runner up — Tulsa — come to town for the first time since December of last year. The Golden Hurricane have struggled mightily after key losses to their defense (including Chuck Bednarik Award Winner Zaven Collins), sporting an overall record of 3-5.
- Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, November 6, 2021
- Location: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Television/Stream: ESPN
- Online/Mobile App: ESPN+
- Television Announcing Crew: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
- Radio: 700 WLW AM/ Sirius 81 / XM 81 / Internet 970 / The Varsity Network: “Search Cincinnati” for mobile devices
- Radio Announcing Crew: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Jim Kelly Jr. (analyst)
Series History: Tulsa holds a close historic edge on the Bearcats by a series lead of 17-16-2. The two programs last played on December 19, 2020, in which Cincinnati captured the AAC Title game crown by a mark of 27-24.
While Tulsa took UC to the limit in last year’s conference conference game, the initial spread opens up at (-22.5) in favor of the Bearcats. The Golden Hurricane are 1-4 in their last five ATS and 3-7 in their last ten straight up, last covering against Memphis on October 9th.
But Cincinnati has been a bit shaky as of recent as well, failing to cover in their last two matchups. Desmond Ridder and the offense struggled to get going early in both those games despite blowouts over higher respected teams just a few weeks back.