Cincinnati Bearcats vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 9/29/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cincinnati Bearcats vs BYU Cougars
Date: Friday, September 29, 2023
Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (-1)
LaVell Edwards Stadium is where the BYU Cougars (3-1) will attempt to beat the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-2) on Friday, September 29, 2023. BYU opens this contest as 1-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 50.
The Cincinnati Bearcats come into this game with a record of 2-2 for this season. In their last matchup, the Bearcats played the Oklahoma Sooners and took a loss by a score of 20-6. Emory Jones connected on 22/41 with 235 yds through the air. He had a quarterback rate of 92 and ended the game with 2 picks. Emory Jones was the leader on the ground for the Bearcats with 15 totes for 42 yards (2.8 yards per carry). The Cincinnati Bearcats ran the rock 37 times and totaled 141 yards, which earned them an average of 3.8 yards per tote. At the end of the game, they tallied 79 plays which gave them a total of 376 yds. Cincinnati surrendered 26 pass completions on 38 attempts for 322 yards, and a completion rate of 68.4%. Against the rush, the Bearcats conceded 103 yards on 34 tries, which is 3.0 yards per rush allowed.
Regarding scoring, the Cincinnati Bearcats are sitting at 30.8 points per contest. As a unit they are averaging 214.8 yards on the ground giving them a rank of 15th in the nation. The Bearcats have tallied 1,952 total yards this season. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Cincinnati has compiled 8 passing touchdowns and 6 rushing touchdowns. Cincinnati has a total of 101 first downs, and they have committed 26 infractions for 243 yds. They have turned the football over 6 times.
The Bearcats rank 53rd in Division 1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 21.3 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.5 yards per running attempt and 108.0 rushing yards per game on the season. During this campaign, they have conceded 432 running yards through 4 games. When it comes to yards via the pass, the Bearcats have given up 915 yards which puts them in 73rd in D-1. They have allowed 228.8 yards per outing via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 53.1%. Overall, they have relinquished 336.8 yards/outing ranking them 50th in the country. They have given up 8 touchdowns through the air and 2 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Cougars come into this game with a record of 3-1 for this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Cougars went home defeated by a final of 38-27 against the Kansas Jayhawks. Kedon Slovis (2 TDs) finished the game with 357 yds on 30/51 through the air while his quarterback rate was 122.7. He threw 2 picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.0. LJ Martin ran the ball 11 times for 28 yds, finishing the game with 2.5 yds per attempt for BYU. The Cougars finished the game with a total of 366 yards while running 73 plays (5.0 yds per play). BYU rushed for 0.4 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 9 yards on 22 carries. BYU conceded 37 rushing attempts for 221 yds (6.0 yards per carry). The Cougars secondary allowed a completion percentage of 73.7%, relinquishing 130 yards on 14 out of 19 through the air.
In relation to their ability to score points, the Cougars rank 62nd in D-1 maintaining an average of 30.0 points per game. The BYU Cougars average 324.5 yards per game, which ranks them 111th in college football. The BYU offense has 166 penalty yards on 21 infractions, which ranks 86th in D-1 in terms of hurting your team. They have tossed 3 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 2 fumbles and they have been able to record 70 1st downs. For the season thus far, the Cougars have racked up 1,054 passing yards as well as an average of 263.5 passing yards per contest, which is ranked 48th in Division 1. They hold an average of 61.0 run yards per game and have run for 244 yards for this season.
The Cougars are giving up 21.3 points per contest, which puts them 52nd in the nation. BYU has allowed the opposition a total of 520 yards rushing (130.0 yards/game) and 3 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the campaign. This year, they have conceded 85 points in total. They have given up 5 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 196.5 yards per outing, which has them sitting 42nd in Division 1. The Cougars defense has been on the field for 247 plays, which ranks 27th in the country. Their defense has compiled 2 fumbles and 5 interceptions so far this year.
Who will win tonight's Bearcats/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bearcats +1
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