Cincinnati Football: Quarterback battle headlines the Bearcats matchup against Oklahoma

Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Evan Prater during game against the Tulane Green Wave at Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Evan Prater during game against the Tulane Green Wave at Nippert Stadium. /
facebooktwitterreddit

Cincinnati Bearcats star quarterback Emory Jones and Oklahoma Sooners veteran signal caller Dillon Gabriel headline the long-awaited Big 12 opener!

Jones comes into the game with 735 passing yards and 10 total touchdowns on 66.3% completion rate to go with 144 rushing yards in three appearances.

Gabriel enters the Big 12 matchup as a legitimate Heisman candidate with 905 passing yards and 11 touchdowns on a 82.5% passing rate this season.

It will be important for both quarterbacks to avoid turnovers and create big plays as the Bearcats get ready to defend one of the nation’s best offenses.

Cincinnati Football: Quarterback battle headlines the Bearcats matchup against 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

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.

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

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.

Cincinnati Football: Preview for the Bearcats matchup against Oklahoma in Big 12 opener

During a recent pregame press conference, Bearcats head coach Scott Satterfield explained his thoughts on Gabriel’s dynamic ability via Cincinnati Athletics.

"“I think he’s very accurate and understands what they’re trying to do. If he has guys open, he’s going to hit them. He isn’t going to miss many throws at all. I think that’s the thing that makes him very good. He’s not tall but they do enough things to hinder the rush so he has a little more time back there. They are coached well and he knows where to go with the ball. They are playing as good as you possibly can on offense. They are always looking to push the ball down the field but what makes them so good is the horizontal passing game.”"

Next. Cincinnati Football: Bearcats look ahead to highly-anticipated Big 12 opener against Oklahoma. dark