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BYU vs. Cincinnati: How to watch or listen to Saturday's game


THE BASICS

BYU (4-4) at Cincinnati (4-4)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m. MDT

Nippert Stadium (40,000)

Field turf Cincinnati, Ohio

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM Weather: Temperatures in the 60s and sunny skies at kickoff.


THE STAKES

For Cincinnati . . . The Bearcats have lost three of their last four games. They are looking to stop their slide and move one more win closer to bowl eligibility.

For BYU . . . The Cougars, like Cincinnati, need two more wins to become bowl eligible. They are trying to rebound from a one-point loss at Boise State.


THE TRENDS

For Cincinnati . . . The Bearcats have won 30 consecutive non-conference home games. Their last non-league home loss came at the hands of Miami (Ohio), 31-26, in 2002.

For BYU . . . The Cougars have posted a 31-6 record in the month of November over the past 10 seasons.


THE EDGE

Cincinnati will win if . . . The Bearcats win the turnover battle. BYU is No. 3 nationally in turnover margin at plus-11 and Cincinnati is tied at No. 36 with plus-3. The Cougars have 21 takeaways this season and the Bearcats have 19.

BYU will win if . . . The Cougars can put pressure on Cincinnati’s quarterback and score touchdowns in the red zone.


PLAYER TO WATCH

Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati quarterback: The senior, who is making his third straight start, has completed 41 of 78 passes for 514 yards, with six touchdowns and zero interceptions.


KEY MATCHUP

BYU’s defense vs. Cincinnati’s pass game: The Cougars were victimized by Boise State through the air. Can they contain the Bearcats’ receivers?


QUOTABLE

“We know it’s gonna be better in the future, but right now this ain’t the future. We’re trying to win as many games as we can right now, and get to a bowl game.” — Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville

“We have gone against great teams for the first eight games and this one will be no different. We are expecting their best shot and we are looking forward to it.” — BYU coach Kalani Sitake


NEXT UP

On Nov. 12, BYU hosts Southern Utah while Cincinnati visits Central Florida.


SCHEDULE

(All times Mountain) Date Opponent Time/result

Sept. 3 vs. Arizona W, 18-16

Sept. 10 at Utah L, 20-19

Sept. 17 vs. UCLA L, 17-14

Sept. 24 vs. West Virginia L, 35-32

Sept. 30 Toledo W, 55-53

Oct. 8 at Michigan State W, 31-14

Oct. 14 Mississippi State W, 28-21 (2 OT)

Oct. 20 at Boise State L, 28-27

Nov. 5 at Cincinnati 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 12 Southern Utah 1 p.m.

Nov. 19 UMass TBA

Nov. 26 Utah State TBA

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