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Cincinnati vs. Georgia 1/1/2021 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Cincinnati visits Georgia on 1/1/2021 at 12:00PM.

Cincinnati and Georgia face off in a Bowl Game. Yes, it is the truncated postseason of College Football leading up to the College Football Playoff Semifinals. Cincinnati has a record of 9-0 this season. Georgia is 7-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Cincinnati Team Defense Preview

Cincinnati has had 96 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.51 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Opponents face third and long situations a lot against this defense. This is a defense that forces opponents to commit penalties, have compromised offensive line play, and fail to convert on crunch possessions. Passing plays make up 53.69% of their opponents’ play calls.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Cincinnati is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.69 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

Cincinnati has made the turnover belt, chain, pads, lunch pail or whatever gimmick they use change hands a lot. This is a Defense that causes pure aggravation. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Cincinnati has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Cincinnati Team Offense Preview

Cincinnati has had 97 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.46 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Cincinnati has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Cincinnati passes the football 45.28% of the time.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Cincinnati is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.89 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average offensive line as far as their ability to set up the running game. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have had trouble making big, disruptive plays against Cincinnati this season. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Cincinnati is a better passing team than running team this season.

Georgia Team Defense Preview

Georgia has had 99 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.35 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Georgia has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Georgia opponents pass the football 59.06% of the time.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Georgia can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 2.48 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Georgia is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Georgia Team Offense Preview

Georgia has had 96 total drives this season and they generate 5.8 plays per drive. Georgia runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Georgia has shown a capability to be explosive on first and second down to avoid third downs and has converted well (relatively) on 3rd and 4th Down situations. Georgia passes the football 48.29% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 3.38 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. This is a team that is rather above-average when it comes to gashing defenses. The threat of the run should force opposing to play more honest and assignment defensive football is a must. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Georgia Offense. Georgia is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Georgia has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Cincinnati Roster

The Players to Watch for Cincinnati

Desmond Ridder QB 6-4 215

This season, Desmond Ridder has put up 2090 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 156.4thus far this season. Desmond Ridder has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Desmond Ridder has 609.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 98.96 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 83.0 times this season, which puts him in the 90.45 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 12.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Gerrid Doaks RB 6-0 230

This season, Gerrid Doaks has 673 rushing yards on 144 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 7 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Gerrid Doaks picked up 202 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 14 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jayson Jackson WR 5-10 175

This season, Jayson Jackson picked up 309 yards. He caught the ball 22 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Curtis Brooks DT 6-2 295

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Cincinnati, Curtis Brooks has 26 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 2 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 65.87 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 87.17 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Myjai Sanders DE 6-5 258.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Cincinnati, Myjai Sanders has 30 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 10 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 97.42 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 7 times this season, which put him in the 98.61 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

James Wiggins S 6-0 205.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Cincinnati, James Wiggins had 32 tackles which puts him in the 77.57 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 69.67 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. James Wiggins as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes this season, which puts him in the 81.65 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Coby Bryant CB 6-1 198

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Cincinnati, Coby Bryant had 32 tackles which puts him in the 91.16 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 74.31 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Coby Bryant as a ball hawker was able to pick off 3 passes this season, which puts him in the 96.69 percentile among Corners this season.

The Georgia Roster

The Players to Watch for Georgia

Stetson Bennett QB 5-11 190

This season, Stetson Bennett has put up 1167 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 128.2thus far this season. Stetson Bennett has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Stetson Bennett has 54.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 63.88 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 24.0 times this season, which puts him in the 56.87 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Zamir White RB 6-0 215

This season, Zamir White has 740 rushing yards on 133 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 10 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Zamir White picked up 32 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Kearis Jackson WR 6-0 200

This season, Kearis Jackson picked up 467 yards. He caught the ball 33 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Warren Brinson DT 6-4 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Georgia, Warren Brinson has 3 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 21.52 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 30.22 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Devonte Wyatt DL 6-3 301.0

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Georgia, Devonte Wyatt has 21 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 19.67 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 28.84 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Lewis Cine DB 6-1 185.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Georgia, Lewis Cine had 49 tackles which puts him in the 92.06 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 69.67 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Lewis Cine as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 36.42 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jalen Kimber CB 6-0 170

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Georgia, Jalen Kimber had 2 tackles which puts him in the 16.57 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 33.29 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jalen Kimber as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 35.08 percentile among Corners this season.

Cincinnati vs. Georgia Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Cincinnati 16 Georgia 15

Spread Pick: Cincinnati +7 -105 5Dimes
Moneyline Pick: Cincinnati +235 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 51 -110 BetOnline