Baylor Bears vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 10/21/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Baylor Bears vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Location: Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Bearcats (-2)
The Baylor Bears (2-4) are on their way to Nippert Stadium on Saturday, October 21, 2023 where they will attempt to defeat the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-4). Baylor opens this matchup as 2-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 52.
The Baylor Bears step onto the field holding a record of 2-4 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Bears took on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 39-14. Blake Shapen finished 22/38 with 324 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rate of 138.2 and ended the game with no interceptions. Dominic Richardson was the best rusher for the Bears with 9 carries for 21 yds (2.3 yards per carry). The Baylor Bears ran the football 30 times and had 17 yds, which is an average of 0.6 yds per attempt. Once the final whistle blew, they ran 68 plays for 341 yards. Baylor allowed 19 completions on 26 attempts for 180 yds, and a completion rate of 73.1%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Bears conceded 186 yards on 42 attempts, which is 4.4 yds per rush allowed.
Concerning scoring, the Baylor Bears have an average of 21.7 PPG. As a team they're holding an average of 121.5 yards in the run game ranking them 106th in D-1. The Bears have attained 2,406 total yards over the course of this year. In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, Baylor has amassed 5 touchdowns through the air and 7 rushing touchdowns. Baylor has earned 120 1st downs, and they have committed 25 penalties for 161 yards. They have turned the ball over 8 different times.
The Bears are ranked 100th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 30.2 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.9 yards per rush and 184.3 yards on the ground per game so far this season. Overall, they have allowed 1,106 yards via the ground game in 6 contests. In terms of passing yards, the Bears are allowing 1,233 yards which has them ranked 26th in the nation. They have allowed 205.5 yards per game through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 62.0%. Overall, they have surrendered 389.8 yards per outing which has them ranked 84th in college football. They have conceded 9 touchdowns via the pass as well as 14 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Bearcats head into this matchup 2-4 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Bearcats went home defeated by a final of 30-10 when they faced the Iowa State Cyclones. Emory Jones (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 96 yards on 14/26 passing while his quarterback rate was 82.2. He threw 2 picks and his Y/A was 3.7. Emory Jones ran the ball 15 times for 72 yds, ending the game with 4.8 yards per carry for Cincinnati. Cincinnati ended up running for 3.5 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 115 yds on 33 attempts. The Bearcats finished the game with a total of 214 yards and they ran 62 plays (3.5 yds per play). The Bearcats pass defense gave up a completion rate of 60.0%, relinquishing 241 yards on 15 out of 25 passing. Cincinnati relinquished 38 attempts on the ground for 123 yds (3.2 yds per rush).
In relation to their ability to score points, the Bearcats are ranking 81st in Division 1 scoring 26.7 PPG. The Cincinnati Bearcats hold an average of 444.0 yards per game, which has them ranked 30th in D-1. The Cincinnati offense has racked up 355 penalty yds on 39 violations, which ranks them 69th in D-1 in terms of making mistakes. They have tossed 8 picks while letting opponents recover 2 fumbles and they have been able to earn 142 first downs. During the season to this point, the Bearcats currently have a total of 1,448 passing yards as well as holding an average of 241.3 throwing yards per outing, ranking them 62nd in Division 1. They average 202.7 yards per game via the rush and have rushed for 1,216 yards for this season.
The Bearcats are relinquishing 25.0 PPG, ranking them 66th in D-1. Cincinnati has surrendered a total of 625 rushing yards (104.2 yards per contest) as well as 5 touchdowns via the rush on the year. In total, they have given up 150 total points. They have surrendered 12 touchdowns through the air as well as 230.2 yards/game, ranking them 77th in D-1. The Bearcats defense has taken the field for 355 plays, which is good for 6th in the country. They have totaled 4 fumbles and 3 interceptions so far this year.
Who will win tonight's Bears/Bearcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bears +2
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