The 2021 Goodyear Cotton Bowl features the 12-1 Alabama Crimson Tide against the 13-0 Cincinnati Bearcats. Here is the Goodyear Cotton Bowl 2021 preview.
Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)
Alabama dropped a game against Texas A&M but then won to reach the college football playoff. They defeated nine eligible teams that season, including Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide are currently in a seven-game winning streak.
The offense scores 42.5 points per game and is fourth in the country. You rush for 147.6 yards (80th place) and pass for 347.9 yards per game (seventh place).
Bryce Young won the Heisman Trophy that season for outstanding play as quarterback. He has led the high-power offensive with 4,322 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and four interceptions with 68 percent completion. Seven pass catchers have over 200 yards in the season. Jameson Williams leads the team with 68 receptions for 1,445 yards and 15 touchdowns. The second best receiver of the Crimson Tide, John Metchie, is out of the game due to an injury. That means Slade Bolden, Cameron Latu, Jahleel Billingsly, and some of Alabama’s younger recipients will have to help fill the void.
The stormy attack is led by Brian Robinson. Robinson has 1,071 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns during the season. Roydell Williams and Trey Sanders are both more than 200 yards behind them. While Young only has 31 yards, he’s also a threat to the run.
Your defense allows 20.1 points per game and is therefore in 18th place in the FBS. They give up 82.8 rushing yards (fourth place) and 223.3 passing yards per game (62nd place). Linebacker Henry To’o To’o leads the team with 100 tackles. Will Anderson was one of the best players in the country with 15.5 sacks a year. DeMarcco Hellams, Jordan Battle and Jalyn Armor-Davis each helped on three interceptions.
Cincinnati Bear Cats (13-0)
The Cincinnati Bearcats went 13-0 after a second unbeaten regular season in a row. You are the first group of five teams to make the college football playoff. The Bearcats have won games against seven eligible teams that season.
The offense scores 38.8 points per game, which is ninth nationwide. You storm 180.9 yards (47th place) and pass 248.7 yards per game (53rd place).
Desmond Ridder has been a quarterback for the Bearcats for four years. This season he has passed 3,190 yards, 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions at 65.9 percent. Eight different pass catchers have over 200 reception areas for the bearcats. The lead receiver is Alec Pierce, who has 50 catches for 867 yards and eight touchdowns. Tyler Scott and Tre Tucker each have over 400 yards. Tight End Josh Whyle has a knack for finding the end zone with six touchdown catches this season.
Jerome Ford was a star for the Bearcats, leading their stormy assault. He has 1,242 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns during the season. Ridder is the team’s runner-up rusher from the quarterback position with 361 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Ryan Montgomery has helped with 309 rushing yards and three touchdowns a year.
Their defense allows 16.1 points per game and thus occupies fourth place in the FBS. You collect 137.5 rushing yards (45th place) and 168.3 passing yards per game (2nd place). Linebacker Joe Dubianko leads the team with 106 tackles. Defensive end Myjai Sanders had 2.5 sacks this season which is a bad year. Curtis Brooks helped fill the 7.5 sack void. Cornerbacks Ahmad Garnder and Coby Bryant form one of the best duos in college football. You have 15 defended passes and six interceptions between the three.
Alabama is favored by almost two touchdowns in this game. They have a lot more depth than Cincinnati, which will lead them to victory, but it may not be as simple as the public thinks it is. Cincinnati has enough talent to keep it closer than the spread.
Alabama Crimson Tide 38 Cincinnati Bearcats 26
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