Both teams have several players to watch as the Cincinnati Bearcats host the in-state foe Miami Redhawks in the Battle for the Victory Bell!
Cincinnati defensive tackle Dontay Corleone will look to make a significant impact alongside running back Corey Kiner and quarterback Emory Jones.
Kiner compiled a career-high 153 rushing yards and one touchdown on 20 carries to help fuel the Bearcats to a 27-21 win at Pittsburgh last week.
Miami players to watch include star quarterback Brett Gabbert and dynamic receiver Gage Larvadain, linebacker Matt Salopek and safety Jacquez Warren.
Cincinnati Football: Players to watch as the Bearcats prepare to face in-state foe Miami
- Date: Saturday, September 16 at 7:00 PM
- Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati
- Series History: Bearcats lead 60-59-7
- TV Broadcast: ESPN+ and fuboTV
It will be important for Cincinnati to contain Gabbert after the Miami signal caller threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-28 win at Massachusetts.
Larvadain is coming off a dominant performance that included 273 yards and three touchdowns on eight catches in the Redhawks first win this season.
Salopek posted a game-high 14 total tackles, four tackles for loss one sack last weekend, and could create problems for the Bearcats offensive line.
With an opportunity to win a 17th consecutive game in the rivalry, Cincinnati must make sure to limit Larvadain and remain mistake-free on offense.
Cincinnati Football: Preview for the Bearcats upcoming matchup against rival Miami
During a midweek press conference, the Bearcats head coach Scott Satterfield looked ahead to the matchup against Miami per Cincinnati Athletics.
Fresh off a second straight win, the Bearcats opened as 14.5-point favorites with the over/under placed at 47.5 points according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Satterfield’s team is expected to secure a relatively comfortable victory as the in-state rivals get ready to meet for the 127th time in school history.
The Battle for the Victory Bell is an opportunity for both programs to make a statement as they prepare for conference play to start later this month.