UCF Knights vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UCF Knights vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bearcats (-20)
The Cincinnati Bearcats (5-0) welcome the UCF Knights (3-2) at Nippert Stadium on Saturday. Cincinnati opens this game as 20-point favorites. The over/under is 57.5.
The UCF Knights come into this matchup with a record of 3-2 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Knights took the field against the East Carolina Pirates and went home with a win by a final score of 20-16. Mikey Keene connected on 23/35 with 194 yds passing. He had a quarterback rate of 106.6 and finished the game with 1 pick. Johnny Richardson was the rushing leader for the Knights with 16 attempts for 104 yds (6.5 yds per carry). The UCF Knights ran the football 31 times and amassed 165 yds, which came out to an average of 5.3 yards per attempt. Overall, they had 66 plays which converted into 359 yds. UCF gave up 20 pass completions on 32 tries for a total of 219 yds, and a completion rate of 62.5%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Knights gave up 141 yds on 39 attempts, which is 3.6 yds per run allowed.
The Knights have earned 2,349 yards in total this season. In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, UCF has amassed 13 touchdowns via the pass and 12 touchdowns on the ground. They have surrendered the ball 6 times. UCF has accumulated 121 1st downs as a team, and they have been called for 30 infractions for 256 yards. As a team they hold an average of 214.0 yards on the ground which is 25th in the country. Regarding scoring points, the UCF Knights are averaging 36.8 points per outing.
Concerning yards via the pass, the Knights have conceded 1,105 yds which puts them in 46th in the country. They have conceded 221.0 yards per contest via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 60.6%. For the year, they are allowing 365.8 yards/contest putting them at 72nd in D-1. They have given up 7 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 7 touchdowns pounding the rock. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.8 yards per running attempt and 144.8 rushing yards per contest so far this year. During this campaign, they have conceded 724 yards via the ground game in 5 outings. The Knights are ranked 93rd in the country regarding team defense, conceding 27.4 points per contest.
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The Bearcats head into this game 5-0 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Bearcats got the victory with a final of 52-3 when they faced the Temple Owls. Jerome Ford ran the football 15 times for 149 yards, ending the contest with 9.9 yards per carry for Cincinnati. Desmond Ridder (3 TDs) finished the contest with 259 yards on 22/30 through the air while his quarterback rating was 178.9. He didn't throw any interceptions and his Y/A was 8.6. Cincinnati conceded 29 rushing attempts for 84 yds (2.9 yds per rush). The Bearcats pass defense conceded a completion rate of 56.3%, surrendering 150 yds on 18 out of 32 through the air. The Bearcats finished the game with a total of 542 yds on 64 plays (8.5 yds per play). Cincinnati ran for 8.5 yards per attempt, finishing with 279 yards on 33 carries.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have an average of 437.8 yards per outing, ranking them 46th in Division 1. The Cincinnati offense has racked up 224 yards of penalties on 32 violations, which is 85th in the nation in terms of helping out the opposition. For the year thus far, the Bearcats have thrown for a total of 1,326 yards through the air together with an average of 265.2 throwing yards per outing, which has them ranked 43rd in college football. Regarding their ability to score points, the Bearcats are sitting 9th in the country holding an average of 41.0 points per contest.
The Bearcats are relinquishing 12.2 points per game, which puts them 14th in the nation. Cincinnati has conceded a total of 582 rushing yards (116.4 yards per game) and 4 touchdowns rushing on the campaign. This year, they have conceded 61 total points. They have surrendered 3 touchdowns via the pass as well as 177.8 yards/contest, which has them ranked 32nd in D-1. The Bearcats defense has taken the field for 351 plays, which has them sitting 45th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Knights/Bearcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bearcats -20
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