Cincinnati Football: Preview for the Bearcats upcoming Big 12 matchup at Houston

Cincinnati Bearcats host Houston Cougars in the 2021 AAC championship game at Nippert Stadium.
Cincinnati Bearcats host Houston Cougars in the 2021 AAC championship game at Nippert Stadium. /

Make sure to preview the Cincinnati Bearcats battle at the Houston Cougars with the most recent odds, players to watch, pregame quotes and more!

One of the key storylines in the game is the Bearcats trying to extend their win streak over Houston in the first ever meeting as Big 12 opponents this week.

Players to watch include Cincinnati defensive back Kalen Carroll, running back Ryan Montgomery, tight end Chamon Metayer and defensive end Eric Phillips.

The Bearcats opened as 2.5-point underdogs against Houston with the over/under currently projected at 54.5 total points according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Cincinnati Football: Preview for Bearcats upcoming Big 12 matchup at Houston

  • Date: Saturday, November 11 at 7:00 PM
  • Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati
  • Series History: Houston leads 15-13
  • TV Broadcast: FS1 and fuboTV

Both programs are struggling during the inaugural Big 12 campaign but it may be a competitive game as the 29th all-time meeting quickly approaches.

Despite suffering a seventh consecutive loss and remaining winless in Big 12 play, Cincinnati should have an opportunity to pull off an upset at Houston.

The most recent meeting between the conference opponents occurred in 2021 as the Bearcats earned a 35-20 win against Houston in the AAC title game.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats open as slight underdogs entering battle with Houston

During a recent press conference, Scott Satterfield looked ahead to the road trip to Houston and goals for the rest of the season per Bearcats Athletics.

The Bearcats are coming off a last-second loss to the UCF Knights, while Houston picked up a 25-24 overtime win over the Baylor Bears last weekend.

"“We play in Houston this week. A team that moved up just like we did. They had a big win last week against Baylor. I think they certainly have some talented players, starting with their quarterback. Donovan Smith is a really good player. He’s got great size. I didn’t realize how big he was and he can run too. He can throw, completed 66 percent of his passes, which is really good. It looks like they’ve tweaked their defense. The last three weeks, they’ve really tightened up a little bit and played more sound. They took Texas all the way to the end and of course beat Baylor too. I think they’re playing much better on that side of the ball as well.”"

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