Cincinnati vs USF NCAA Football Picks and Tips 11/16/2019
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Raymond James Stadium
Desmond Ridder and the Cincinnati Bearcats head to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the USF Bulls. USF opens this contest as 12.5-point underdogs. The Bearcats are 6-3-0 ATS and 3-6-0 when betting on the total. The Bulls are 4-4-1 when wagering on the over/under and 5-4-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Cincinnati Bearcats played the Connecticut Huskies and earned the victory by a score of 48-3. Gerrid Doaks paced the team on the ground for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 53 yards and he notched 1 TD for the game. He scurried for 123 yards on 13 carries which means he ran for an average of 9.5 yards per carry. Josiah Deguara was the receiving yardage leader by earning 45 yards on 5 receptions. He earned an average of 9.0 yards per catch for that contest. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bearcats was Desmond Ridder who went 13/23 with 136 yards passing and tossed 2 TD's. He finished the game without throwing an interception. The Bearcats ran the ball a total of 43 times and racked up a total of 307 yards earning them an average of 7.1 yards per carry. Overall, they totaled 71 plays which gave them a total of 507 yards. On the day, the Bearcats racked up 27 1st downs and they had a total of 2 penalties for 20 yards which means they were extremely disciplined in this game. In terms of defense, Cincinnati gave up 10 completions on 23 attempts for a total of 70 yards, and a completion percentage of 43.5%. On the day, they allowed 218 yards and forced 1 turnover. Against the run, the Bearcats gave up 148 yards on 40 runs which is an average of 3.7 yards per carry allowed.
The Bearcats head into this matchup 8-1 for the 2019 season. For total yardage, they rank 9th in the AAC and 78th in the nation with 3,656 yards. They are one of the most potent offenses in the country averaging 32.7 points per contest, putting them 45th in the nation. As a team, they are averaging 202.4 yards on the ground per contest which is 5th in the AAC. The Bearcats have one of the best defenses in Division 1, giving up 21 points per game ranking them 2nd in the American Athletic Conference. In terms of yards rushing, Cincinnati is giving up 135.8 yards per game putting them 3rd in the American Athletic Conference and 39th in Division 1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.5 yards per rush putting them 3rd in the AAC and 26th in college football overall. In total, they have conceded 1,222 yards rushing through 9 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Bearcats have allowed 1,834 yards. Teams are completing 50.5% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.9 yards per attempt.
In their last outing, the USF Bulls played the Temple Owls and took the defeat by a score of 17-7. Leading the way at QB for the Bulls was Jordan McCloud who went 23/38 with 225 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He finished the game without throwing an interception. Jordan Cronkrite led the team on the ground during the game. His longest run of the day went for 7 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for 21 yards on 8 carries which had him averaging 2.6 yards per run. Mitchell Wilcox was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 55 yards on 5 catches. He had an average of 11.0 yards per catch during the game. The Bulls ran the ball a total of 37 times and generated 61 yards giving them an average of 1.6 yards per attempt. Overall, they ran 75 plays which gave them a total of 286 yards. In the game, the Bulls got 20 1st downs and they had a total of 2 penalties for 15 yards which is telling of the great week of practice this squad had. In terms of defense, USF conceded 17 completions on 23 attempts for a total of 167 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.9%. In the running game, the Bulls conceded 153 yards on 39 carries which means they had an average of 3.9 yards per carry allowed. Overall, they gave up 320 yards and forced 1 turnover.
The Bulls head into this matchup 4-5. USF is making teams consider moving more up into the box by averaging 167.4 rushing yards per contest, ranking them 65th in Division 1. As a team, they have compiled a total of 1,507 yards rushing through 9 games, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Bulls average 346.1 yards per contest overall ranking them 105th in the country and 11th in the AAC. The Bulls are giving up 27.1 points per contest which puts them at 7th in the conference and 63rd in the nation. In terms of points given up, they have allowed 244 points in total. When it comes to yards on the ground, they are conceding 194.1 yards per contest ranking them 98th in D-1 and 9th in the conference. In 2019, they have allowed 1,747 yards on the ground and 18 rushing touchdowns. Their passing defense is one of the elite groups in college football. They are conceding 183.6 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Bulls currently sit at 1st in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Bearcats/Bulls college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bearcats -12.5
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