Cincinnati at Virginia Tech Military Bowl Picks and Predictions 12/31/2018
Monday, December 31, 2018
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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The Virginia Tech Hokies host the Cincinnati Bearcats at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Monday, December 31, 2018. The opening line for this game has Cincinnati as 7.5 point favorites. The Hokies have an over/under record of 7-4-1 and they are 5-7-0 against the spread. The Bearcats have an ATS record of 7-5-0 while their over/under record is 5-7-0.
Valuable Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Trends
The Cincinnati Bearcats are 5-7-0 against the over/under
The Cincinnati Bearcats are 7-5-0 against the spread
Important Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Trends
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 7-4-1 against the over/under
The Virginia Tech Hokies are 5-7-0 against the spread
Key Cincinnati Bearcats Injuries
11/23/18 S James Wiggins Targeting Suspension will miss 1st half
10/03/18 RB Gerrid Doaks Groin is out indefinitely
08/20/18 TE Josh Whyle Collarbone is OUT 4-6 weeks
Key Virginia Tech Hokies Injuries
12/02/18 WR Damon Hazelton Undisclosed is questionable Monday vs Cincinnati U
12/02/18 OL Yosuah Nijman Undisclosed is questionable Monday vs Cincinnati U
11/20/18 LB Rico Kearney Left Team is out for season
11/20/18 WR Sean Savoy Left Team is out for season
11/12/18 DL Houshun Gaines Knee is out for season
11/04/18 DL Xavier Burke Achilles is out for season
10/22/18 OL D'Andre Plantin Left Team has left team
10/12/18 WR C.J. Carroll Personal has left team
09/24/18 QB Josh Jackson Leg is out indefinitely
09/23/18 DL Trevon Hill Dismissed is out for season
08/22/18 LB Alan Tisdale Achilles is out for season
06/25/18 DB Jeremy Webb Achilles is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cincinnati Bearcats have run for 2,857 yards as a team, which ranks 18th in college football. They've run 564 times, averaging 5.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Bearcats have been penalized on offense 94 times for 862 yards so far this season, which has them 17th in the country in penalties. They are 29th in the nation in points scored with 419. They have run 906 plays this season for 5,498 yards, which ranks them 77th in Division 1 in total offense. The Bearcats average 6.1 yards per play, which is 42nd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 282 1st downs this year, placing them 30th overall as an offensive unit. Desmond Ridder averages 7.8 yards per pass attempt and 8.3 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 190 passes on 304 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.5%. His quarterback rating this year is 145. He has thrown for 2,359 yards this season.
The Bearcats rush defense has allowed 391 attempts for 1,222 yards this year, putting them in 6th place in D-1 against the run. Cincinnati has committed 71 penalties for 619 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 46th in college football. They are 6th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 193. They have surrendered a total of 3,479 yards on D, which is 7th in the country. The Bearcats are ranked 9th in yards per play allowed with 4.6. Opposing offenses have completed 178 passes on 373 attempts against the Cincinnati Bearcats defense this season, placing them 7th and 64th in Division 1. The Cincinnati pass defense has also given up a total of 2,258 yards through the air, which is 20th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Cincinnati Bearcats have attempted 12 field goals this season and made 5, which is 129th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 42%. Cincinnati Bearcats kickers have made 96% of their extra points, going 54 for 56 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,539 yards on 54 punts, averaging 47 yards per punt. That places them 5th in Division 1 in punting average. Cincinnati is ranked 25th in the nation in punt returns with 24. They've accumulated 131 punt return yards and average 5.5 yards per return, which is 108th in college football. They have returned 26 kicks for 486 yards on special teams, ranking 87th in kick return yardage. The Bearcats average 19 yards per kick return and they are 38th in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,115.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Hokies are 61st in the country in points scored with 358. They have run 870 plays this year for 5,123 yards, which ranks them 41st in Division 1 in total offense. The Virginia Tech Hokies average 5.9 yards per play, which is 59th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 266 1st downs this season, ranking them 48th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Virginia Tech has run for 2,042 yards as a unit, which ranks 65th in college football. They've run 472 times, averaging 4.3 yards per rush as a unit. Virginia Tech has been penalized on offense 65 times for 622 yards so far this year, which has them 88th in the country in penalties. Ryan Willis has passed for 2,185 yards this year. He's completed 175 throws while attempting 307 passes for a completion percentage of 57%. His quarterback rating this season is 130.9. He averages 7.1 adjusted yards per throw and 7.1 yards per pass attempt.
Virginia Tech is 84th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 368. They have given up a total of 5,242 yards on D, which is 97th in D-1. The Hokies are 115th in yards per play allowed with 6.4. Opponent offenses have completed 218 throws on 359 attempts against the Virginia Tech defense this season, ranking them 52nd and 44th in the nation. The Virginia Tech Hokies pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,764 yards in the air, which is 61st overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 466 attempts for 2,478 yards this season, putting them in 106th place in the country against the run. The Hokies have had 72 penalties for 491 yards on defense this year. That places them 12th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Virginia Tech is 18th in the country in punt returns with 26. They've totaled 172 punt return yards and average 6.6 yards per return, which is 89th in D-1. They have returned 36 kicks for 790 yards on special teams, which puts them 22nd in kick return yardage. The Virginia Tech Hokies average 22 yards per kick return and they are 40th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,084. The Hokies have tried 17 field goals this year and made 11, which is 90th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 65%. Virginia Tech kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 44 for 44 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,746 yards on 65 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That ranks them 50th in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Bearcats/Hokies college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bearcats -7.5
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