Chas Dodd has come a long way from his first games as a freshman. The sophomore quarterback seems more comfortable in the offense and has been able to move the ball very effectively at times.
As mentioned before, the Cincinnati defense is very, very stout against the rush. That being said, as good as their rush defense is, their pass defense is woeful, to say the least. After nine games, the Bearcats pass defense is ranked 115th in the country, giving up 287 yards per game and allowing teams to throw all over the yard against them.
Dodd will most likely have to shoulder a major load for the offense considering the rushing attack will be limited. In his last two games (since returning as starter), Dodd has completed at least 63% of his passes and has two quarterback ratings over 130.0.
Multiple factors will make or break this week’s passing game.
For one, Dodd has to hold on to the football. He has thrown as many picks as touchdowns since returning as starter. The more opportunities you give this Cincy offense, the more chances they have to score.
Secondly, Dodd has to be able to continue hitting Mohamed Sanu on a consistent basis. With the Cincy pass defense as poor as it is, Sanu should add another big game to his resume. And if Sanu has a big game, the defense should key on him, allowing other players to get open and make some big plays.
Overall, I feel Dodd and the passing attack is the key to the game. If he plays smartly, efficiently and effectively, the sky is the limit for this offense. Let’s just see if that’s how it unfolds…