Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 12/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bearcats (-10.5)
The Houston Cougars (11-1) are hitting the road to Nippert Stadium on Saturday where they will play the Cincinnati Bearcats (12-0). Houston opens this matchup as 10.5-point dogs. The total comes in at 54.
The Houston Cougars step onto the field holding a record of 11-1 for this season. In their last matchup, the Cougars stepped onto the field against the Connecticut Huskies and notched a win by a score of 45-17. Alton McCaskill was the leader on the ground for the Cougars with 9 attempts for 54 yards (6.0 yards per carry). Clayton Tune went 21/30 with 301 yards passing and 4 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 198.3 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. When it came to stopping the run, the Cougars gave up 82 yds on 32 attempts, which is an average of 2.6 yds per run allowed. Houston conceded 21 completions on 35 tries for a total of 156 yds, and a completion rate of 60.0%. For the game, they had 65 plays which converted into 472 yds. The Houston Cougars ran the rock 32 different times and totaled 149 yards, which had them averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
The Cougars have earned 5,062 total yards for this campaign. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Houston has totaled 28 passing touchdowns and 28 touchdowns via the ground. They have turned the ball over 11 times. Houston has accounted for 262 first downs as a team, and they have been called for 77 penalties for 763 yds. As a unit they're averaging 149.3 yards on the ground ranking them 81st in Division 1. Concerning getting in the endzone, the Houston Cougars are averaging 38.8 points per outing.
The Cougars sit in 31st in the nation regarding team defense, allowing 19.8 points per contest. They are giving up 3.0 yards per run and 98.3 rushing yards per game on the season. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 1,180 running yards through 12 games. In terms of passing yards, the Cougars have conceded 2,304 yds which ranks them 30th in college football. They have yielded 192.0 yards per outing via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 55.2%. Overall, they are granting 290.3 yards per contest ranking them 18th in Division 1. They have given up 14 touchdowns through the air and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Bearcats come into this game with a record of 12-0 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Bearcats took home the win by a final score of 35-13 when they played the East Carolina Pirates. Jerome Ford carried the football 20 times for 85 yds, finishing the game with 4.3 yards per attempt for Cincinnati. Desmond Ridder (2 TDs) finished the contest with 301 yards on 17/28 through the air while his quarterback rating was 160.3. He tossed 2 picks and his average yards per attempt was 10.8. Cincinnati relinquished 38 rushing attempts for 54 yards (1.4 yds per rush). The Bearcats secondary allowed a completion percentage of 51.3%, surrendering 228 yds on 20 out of 39 through the air. The Bearcats finished the game with 444 yds while running 64 plays (6.9 yards per play). Cincinnati rushed for 4.0 yds per attempt, totaling 143 yds on 36 carries.
When discussing how much they score, the Bearcats rank 8th in Division 1 with an average of 39.6 points per contest. During this campaign so far, the Bearcats have compiled 3,043 yards via the pass as well as an average of 253.6 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 47th in college football. The Cincinnati Bearcats have an average of 430.9 yards/game, ranking them 46th in the nation. The Cincinnati offense has totaled 680 penalty yds on 90 violations, which ranks them 14th in college football in terms of making mistakes.
The Bearcats are surrendering 15.8 PPG, which has them sitting 15th in the nation. Cincinnati has given up a total of 1,702 yards rushing (141.8 yards/game) in addition to 14 touchdowns via the rush this year. This year, they have given up 190 points in total. They have allowed 8 touchdowns via the pass as well as 160.6 yards per outing, ranking them 15th in Division 1. The Bearcats defense has taken the field for 847 plays, which is 112th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Bearcats college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bearcats -10.5
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