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How to watch Indiana’s football game against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday

Indiana’s first road trip of the season represents a shot of revenge.

In a Week 3 game between Indiana and Cincinnati last season in Bloomington, the Hoosiers lost 38-24 after being eliminated 15-0 in the fourth quarter against a Cincinnati team that then reached the college football playoffs. .

The loss still stings for returning Indiana players, and even incoming transfers smack of what’s at stake after last season.

“With me being a newcomer,” North Carolina transfer receiver Emery Simmons said. “I don’t quite understand what happened last year, but I watched the game myself. Opening weekend I watched a few highlights and stuff, but I know for sure those guys should have won we should have won here last year i know we go to their house and we play on the road and they are our first away game i know that we will be proud of it.

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How to watch Indiana Hoosiers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

  • Who: Indiana Hoosiers (3-0, beat Western Kentucky 33-30 in Week 3) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1, beat Miami (OH) 38-17 in Week 3)
  • What: Indiana’s last non-conference game of the season. Indiana coach Tom Allen is 14-1 all-time against non-conference opponents during the regular season, with the only loss coming in 2021 against Cincinnati.
  • When: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, September 24
  • Where: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Advertisers: Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Kirk Morrison (analyst), Stormy Buonantony (sideline)
  • Flow: Watch fuboTV
  • Radio: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network, Sirius/Online: XM (195 or 385) // SXM App (957 or 975)
  • Radio hosts: Don Fischer (play by play), Rhett Lewis (analyst), Joe Smith, John Herrick
  • Point spread: Cincinnati is a 16.5-point favorite over Indiana, and the plus/minus is 57.5 points Friday afternoon, according to website
  • Season totals: According to FanDuel sports betting.
  • Records from last season: Indiana was 2-10 overall with a 0-9 record in Big Ten play in 2021. Cincinnati was 13-1 overall with a 9-0 record in Conference play American Athletics in 2021. The Bearcats were the No. 4 seed in the 2022 College Football Playoff and lost 27-6 to No. 1 seed Alabama.
  • Series history: Indiana leads the all-time series 9-4-2 with wins in five losses in the last six games.
  • Last meeting: In Week 3 of the 2021 season, the Hoosiers took a 14-0 lead, but Indiana All-American linebacker Micah McFadden was ejected for targeting late in the second quarter. Still, the Hoosiers clung to a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Indiana running back Tim Baldwin Jr. lost a fumble on the Cincinnati 2-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, and quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw an interception deep into Cincinnati territory. Indiana with just over three minutes to go. Cincinnati beat Indiana 15-0 in the fourth quarter en route to a 38-24 win at Bloomington, Ind. Penix completed 17 of 41 passes for 224 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Indiana running back Stephen Carr rushed 21 times for 52 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver DJ Matthews led the Hoosiers with 120 yards on five receptions, and tight end Peyton Hendershot had six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Indiana defensive end Ryder Anderson had eight tackles and two sacks. Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder completed 20 of 36 pass attempts for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception, as well as 10 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati running back Jerome Ford gained 66 yards and scored two touchdowns on 20 carries, and wide receiver Alec Pierce led the Bearcats with five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
  • Coaches: Luke Fickell is in his sixth year as Cincinnati’s head coach, and he received eight National Coach of the Year awards in 2021. He led the Bearcats to a 50-16 record, which includes a 22-2 streak in the 2020 and 2021 seasons where the only losses came against Georgia and Alabama. Under Fickell, Cincinnati won back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships and made a college football playoff appearance last year. A nine-man program was selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, ranking third behind Georgia’s 15 and LSU’s 10. Fickell played nose guard at Ohio State from 1992 to 1996 before spending 16 seasons on the Buckeyes coaching staff.Tom Allen is entering his sixth season as the head coach of the Indiana with an overall record of 29-32. Allen’s 29 wins rank seventh among Indiana’s all-time football coaches, behind John Pont’s 31 wins from 1965 to 1972. Allen’s 26 wins in his first five seasons were tied for the most by a Hoosier head coach with the program’s all-time winningest coach, Bill Mallory. Allen is 0-3 in bowl games, most recently losing 26-20 to Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl on January 2, 2021.
  • Time: According to, as of 3:30 p.m. ET in Cincinnati, Ohio, it will be 73 degrees with a 15% chance of rain and southwesterly winds at 9 miles per hour.

Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver DJ Matthews Jr. (7) leaps to catch a pass under pressure from Cincinnati Bearcats safety Ja’von Hicks (3) in the second quarter of the NCAA football game between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Cincinnati Bearcats at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Three things to watch from Indiana

Quick Start

Indiana’s offense produced 91 points in its first three games, which is the Hoosiers’ highest three-game streak since Weeks 3-5 of the 2020 season.

However, only six of those 91 points came in the first quarter. Despite going 3-0, Indiana trailed each of its first three games at halftime. When asked what was different for the offense at the end of games compared to the beginning, Indiana’s offensive coordinator said third down execution and overly aggressive play calls were factors.

“Take the last game for example,” Bell said. “I thought I was a bit too aggressive in the scoring area because I thought they were going to move the ball. I don’t mean that in any way, shape, form or fashion as anything against our defense , that’s just how they were We have a very similar style so I thought when we got inside the 20 yard line I got a little too aggressive I made plays at zero yards I took shots, tried to push the ball, push the ball and force the problem a little bit, so I had as much to do with that as anybody else. , are there things we need to clean up, is there execution? Yeah, absolutely.

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While it’s a good sign that Indiana was able to make offensive adjustments and produce some late-game magic under new quarterback Connor Bazelak, it’s not a reliable long-term winning formula. On the road against a tough Cincinnati team this weekend, an early deficit will be much harder to overcome.

Contain the race

One of coach Tom Allen’s biggest frustrations this season has been Indiana’s run defense. The Hoosiers allowed 216 rushing yards and 6.0 yards per carry last week against Western Kentucky and allowed seven rushing touchdowns in the first three games.

Western Kentucky rushed for just 33 yards in the first half last week, but Indiana gave up 59 and 29 yards in the second half.

“I felt like I adjusted some things too much at half-time to try and get some help there and it didn’t work out, so I’ll take responsibility for that,” said Allen. “We had some missed tackles which I wasn’t happy with, especially I think in our perimeter guys. Our DBs need to tackle better, especially some of our 2s.”

Cincinnati has three running backs with over 100 yards rushing this season, led by senior Charles McClelland who rushed the ball 33 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns. As a team, Cincinnati averaged five yards per carry in the first three games.

‘Next man’ on the offensive line

Indiana senior right tackle Matthew Bedford tore through the ACL in Week 1 against Illinois after starting all 12 games last season. In what Allen called a “freak accident” during warmups, starting center Zach Carpenter injured his hand and did not play against Western Kentucky.

Division II transfer West Texas A&M Parker Hanna stepped in to replace Bedford against Illinois, and redshirt second Caleb Murphy started the first game of his college career when Carpenter went down. Murphy was Indiana’s Offensive Player of the Week in the win over Western Kentucky, and Allen prided himself on his ability to step in on short notice.

“I was not surprised that [Murphy] played so well because he’s going to give you his all, for 60 minutes and beyond,” Allen said.

Heading into a matchup with a Cincinnati defensive front that has 23 tackles for loss and seven sacks this year, keep an eye on how Indiana’s offensive line is adjusting after losing two starters on wound.

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