Temple Owls vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 10/8/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Temple Owls vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bearcats (-28)
The Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0) host the Temple Owls (3-2) at Nippert Stadium on Friday. Cincinnati opens this game as 28-point favorites. The betting total comes in at 54.5.
The Temple Owls come into this matchup with a record of 3-2 for this season. In their last game, the Owls stepped onto the field against the Memphis Tigers and went home with a win by a final score of 34-31. D'Wan Mathis connected on 35/49 with 322 yds passing and 3 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 146.8 and finished the game with no interceptions. Edward Saydee was the best rusher for the Owls with 12 carries for 62 yds (5.2 yds per carry). Once the final whistle blew, they ran 82 plays which gave them 481 yds. The Temple Owls ran the ball a total of 32 times and tallied 159 yds, which earned them an average of 5.0 yards per attempt. On the ground, the Owls conceded 155 yds on 38 tries, which calculates to 4.1 yds per run allowed. Temple gave up 24 completions on 40 tries for 305 yds, and a completion percentage of 60.0%.
The Owls have earned 1,826 yards in total over the course of this year. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Temple has earned 7 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 5 different times. Temple has accrued 90 first downs as an offense, and they have committed 31 infractions for 224 yds. As a unit they average 129.6 yards in the run game ranking them 97th in D-1. Regarding putting points on the board, the Temple Owls have an average of 27.4 points per outing.
Regarding passing yardage, the Owls have conceded 711 yds which ranks them 18th in D-1. They have conceded 142.2 yards per contest through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 54.4%. For the season, they are allowing 313.4 yards per game which puts them 45th in college football. They have yielded 7 touchdowns through the air and 12 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.0 yards per attempt on the ground and 171.2 yards on the ground per contest on the campaign. In total, they have given up 856 rushing yards through 5 contests. The Owls are ranked 111th in the country regarding team defense, allowing 30.2 PPG.
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The Bearcats step onto the field holding a record of 4-0 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Bearcats got the win with a final of 24-13 when they faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Jerome Ford carried the football 17 times for 67 yds, ending the game with 3.9 yds per attempt for Cincinnati. Desmond Ridder (2 touchdowns) finished the contest with 297 yards on 19/32 through the air while his quarterback rate was 158.0. He didn't throw any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 9.3. Cincinnati allowed 28 running attempts for 84 yards (3.0 yards per rush). The Bearcats passing defense conceded a completion rate of 50.0%, surrendering 257 yds on 23 out of 46 through the air. The Bearcats finished the game with 386 yds on 62 plays (6.2 yds per play). Cincinnati ended up running for 3.0 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 89 yards on 30 attempts.
In relation to their scoring prowess, the Bearcats are sitting 17th in D-1 by scoring 38.3 PPG. During the season to this point, the Bearcats have racked up 1,063 passing yards as well as holding an average of 265.8 throwing yards per contest, putting them at 41st in D-1. The Cincinnati Bearcats average 411.8 yards/game, which ranks them 60th in D-1. The Cincinnati offense has 182 yards of penalties on 27 violations, which is 86th in D-1 in terms of giving up free yards.
The Bearcats are relinquishing 14.5 points per game, which puts them 20th in Division 1. Cincinnati has surrendered a total of 498 yards rushing (124.5 yards/game) as well as 4 touchdowns via the rush for the campaign. This year, they have conceded 58 total points. They have surrendered 3 touchdowns from the passing game and 184.8 yards/outing, which has them sitting 41st in college football. The Bearcats defense has taken part in 290 plays, which ranks 33rd in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Owls/Bearcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Owls +28
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