Preview & Picks: Oklahoma vs Cincinnati 9/23/2023

Preview & Picks: Oklahoma vs Cincinnati 9/23/2023

September 19, 2023


Game Preview


Oklahoma and Cincinnati will play one other as Big 12 rivals for the first and only time this season due to conference realignment. Like two ships in the night, Oklahoma is getting ready to join the Southeastern Conference as Cincinnati is making the move to the NFL. Oklahoma has never visited Nippert Stadium despite playing in Cincinnati the previous time these two teams faced. Paul Brown Stadium hosted that year’s contest.


Can you tell me about the road conditions in Oklahoma and how real the state is? Through three games, the Sooners have been the most dominant team in college football, averaging a whopping 46.3 point victory margin.


They are 0-3 so far, although two of those wins were against G5 cellar dwellers. The Sooners will face a new and different test in their road game against Cincinnati. Last season, OU was 1-3 in “real” Big 12 road games; they’ll need to improve upon that significantly this year.



Dillon Gabriel, the reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, had a career day against Tulsa last week, completing 28-31 attempts (90.3%), passing for 421 yards and five touchdowns (1 INT), and playing only three quarters. Gabriel has completed 82.5 percent of his passes this year and has thrown 12 touchdowns compared to just one interception. Gabriel has been excellent so far this season, and his performance has given Oklahoma’s offense hope.


Can Cincinnati’s ground game maintain its momentum against the Sooners’ stout front line? At 239.3 yards per game, Cincinnati’s rushing offense is eighth in the nation. Comparatively, Oklahoma’s rushing defense is 15th best in the country, allowing just 78.7 yards per game. Something’s got to give, and whoever comes out on top here will have a significant advantage as the clock winds down.


On Saturday, the Cincinnati offense sputtered at times against Miami (OH), and a large reason for that was Emory Jones’s ineffectiveness. Jones had only 18 of his 34 pass attempts successful (52.9% completion rate) and threw two interceptions. The 20 carries he had for 101 yards and a touchdown were his most of the season, but against an improved Oklahoma defense, he will need to be more efficient via the air.


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Oklahoma vs Cincinnati Game Information


  • Date: 09/23/2023
  • Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • Location: Nippert Stadium.
  • How to Watch Oklahoma vs Cincinnati: ESPN
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