Ohio State vs. Cincinnati: Live stream, watch online, TV channel, kickoff time, prediction, pick, odds
The Buckeyes and Bearcats will help kick off Saturday's slate of Week 2 games at noon ET
A big in-state showdown on Saturday between No. 5 Ohio State and Cincinnati kicks off the noon ET window of Week 2. The Buckeyes outclassed Florida Atlantic in their opener, routing the Owls in 45-21 in Columbus, Ohio, as Justin Fields made a stellar debut. Ohio State on Saturday is looking to prove that was not a fluke against a sub-par opponent but rather their modus operandi for the remainder of the season.
Against the Bearcats on Saturday at noon ET, the Buckeyes will face a stiffer test led by a familiar face in former longtime Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell. "This is a big stage," said Fickell this week of his team's showdown against a highly ranked opponent. "[Ohio State] is a great program, great team, this is a challenge to us. Playing against a top-5 team, it's an opportunity for us to measure ourselves against the best."
Cincinnati sits just outside the AP Top 25, while Ohio State has College Football Playoff aspirations. Will the Bearcats be able to test or possibly upset the Buckeyes? Let's read on and find out. Don't forget to subscribe to the Cover 3 Podcast for instant analysis after Saturday's games. Listen below for stone cold locks for Week 2.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes in their season-opener put up 469 yards and 45 points in a blowout win over FAU. If Fields can be as efficient as his four-touchdown, zero-interception outing in Week 1 over the rest of the season, there's no reason to think OSU can't represent the Big Ten in the College Football Playoff ... again.
Cincinnati: Following an 11-win campaign last season, Cincinnati is a trendy sleeper to win the AAC this season. Fickell returns starting quarterback Desmond Ridder and starting running back Michael Warren II, and he has a stingy defense in place that held UCLA and Chip Kelly to only 14 points in a Week 1 win over the Bruins.
Date: Saturday, September 7 | Time: Noon ET
Location: Ohio Stadium -- Columbus, Ohio
TV: ABC | Live stream: WatchESPN.com
Game prediction, picks
Ohio State has the edge in just about every department -- talent, quarterback, overall skill level. But don't underestimate the great equalizer that is an in-state clash. The Bearcats may not make this a game, but they'll be close enough to cover the double-digit spread. Pick: Cincinnati (+16.5)
So what picks can you make with confidence in Week 2, and which favored top-25 team goes down hard? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, all from a proven computer model that has returned over $4,500 in profit over the past four seasons.
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