Cincinnati Football: Most impactful defensive players as the Bearcats take on Oklahoma

Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Jowon Briggs against the Houston Cougars at Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati Bearcats defensive tackle Jowon Briggs against the Houston Cougars at Nippert Stadium. /
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Both teams will lean on several defensive players as the Cincinnati Bearcats host the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 opener this week at Nippert Stadium!

Cincinnati defensive line duo Jowon Briggs and Dontay Corleone will play a major role alongside linebacker Dorian Jones and safety Bryon Threats.

Oklahoma linebacker tandem Jaren Kanak and Danny Stutsman, defensive back Key Lawrence and safety Reggie Pearson are set to make a significant impact.

The Sooners are known for an extremely explosive and up-tempo offense that could present a serious challenge for the Bearcats undermanned secondary.

Cincinnati Football: Most impactful defensive players as the Bearcats take on Oklahoma

  • Date: Saturday, September 23 at 12:00 PM
  • Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati
  • Series History: Bearcats trail 0-2
  • TV Broadcast: FOX and fuboTV

Make sure to read our preview for the upcoming matchup with the Sooners including pregame odds, players to watch, TV coverage, quotes and more!

Scott Satterfield discussed the loss to Miami and looked ahead to the game against Oklahoma in a weekly press conference per Cincinnati Athletics.

The Bearcats are currently 14.5-point underdogs with the over/under projected at 57.5 total points prior to kick off according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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As the program aims to regroup from a frustrating loss to Miami, the Bearcats will try to bounce back during the highly-anticipated conference opener.

Bryan Brown’s defense must be ready to face a difficult test but it’s a chance to showcase their resiliency against an explosive passing attack.

It will be important for both quarterbacks to avoid turnovers and create big plays as Cincinnati gets ready to defend one of the Big 12’s best offenses.

The upcoming matchup marks the second time the Bearcats were home underdogs since 2018 and just the second time being an underdog since 2020.

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