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Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh: TV Schedule, Live Streaming, Game Time and More

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 15:  Camerron Cheatham #21 of the Cincinnati Bearcats celebrates during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent INovember 2, 2011

Pittsburgh will host Cincinnati for a Big East showdown.

Cincinnati enters this game on a roll. They have five straight and they are undefeated in the Big East. They will look to maintain their Big East lead against an up and down Pitt team.

Pitt comes into this game having lost four of their last six games. They are without their star running back Ray Graham, but they have only have one loss in the Big East and are right in the hunt.

 

Where: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When: Saturday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Watch: ESPNU

Live Stream: ESPNU

Radio: Full list of Cincinnati radio networks, full list of Pittsburgh radio networks

Betting Line: Cincinnati -3 according to Bodog Sports

 

Injury Report for Cincinnati:

Injury report according to USA Today

Out: DB Dominique Battle (knee)

 

Injury Report Pittsburgh:

Injury report according to USA Today

Questionable: OL Lucas Nix (knee)

Out: RB Ray Graham (knee), WR Cameron Saddler (sternum), OL Matt Rotheram (leg), WR Salath Willisms (shoulder), DB Jason Hendricks (shoulder), QB Trey Anderson (wrist), OL Chris Jacobson (knee), LB Dan Mason (knee)

 

BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications:

Cincinnati is No. 23 in the AP poll. They aren't ranked in the BCS poll. If they keep winning they certainly will be soon.

This game is vital for Pittsburgh if they want to win the Big East. They have one conference losses and Cincinnati has not yet lost a Big East game.

 

Key Storyline: Can Pittsburgh tighten up the Big East race?

Cincinnati is the lone team without a loss in the Big East. They are being chased by three one loss teams—including Pitt—they can go a long way towards taking control of the conference with a win in this game.

 

 

Player to Watch Cincinnati: RB Isaiah Pead

Pead is an explosive running back that is capable of taking it to the house every time he touches the ball.

He is averaging 6.2 yards per carry, and he has 703 yards. He has also ran in eight touchdowns—one of which was a 65 yard run.

 

Player to Watch Pittsburgh: QB Tino Sunseri

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 15:  Isaiah Pead #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs for a touchdown during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With star running back Ray Graham out with a knee injury the burden of moving the offense has landed squarely on Sunseri's throwing shoulder.

He is turning in a solid year, but he has a tendency to get erratic. He will need to avoid turnovers to keep Pitt in this game.

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tino Sunseri #12 of the Pittsburgh Panthers passes the ball against the South Florida Bulls during the game on September 29, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Key Matchup: Isaiah Pead vs. Pitt D

Pitt will have to make containing Pead a top priority if they want to stay in this game. This is something Pitt has the ability to do.

Run defense has been one of their strengths this season. They are allowing just 3.17 yards per carry.

 

Prediction: Cincinnati 24, Pitt 20

This game is going to be a defensive battle. The defense will lead to good field position, and the offenses will take advantage of it to score some points.

In the end, the Bearcats are too complete for a team for Pitt to handle.

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