Cincinnati at SMU - 10/24/20 Early look College Football GOY Picks and Predictions
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Cincinnati Bearcats (0-0) vs. SMU Mustangs (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2020
The Line: Cincinnati -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The SMU Mustangs are on the road for a matchup with the Cincinnati Bearcats in a American Athletic Conference tilt. SMU finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (10-3), while Cincinnati went (11-3). The two teams did not play each other during the 2019 campaign. Let’s take a closer look at both programs. Get College Football predictions at Pick Dawgz.
SMU will be led on offense by Shane Buechele as he will be under center for his senior year. Buechele passed for nearly 4,000 yards as a junior, while throwing 34 touchdowns. One down fall for the Mustangs will be the loss of a 1,000 yard rusher, Xavier Jones. The backfield will look to be led by TJ McDaniel. Buechele saw his favorite target from the 2019 season move onto the NFL. James Proche collected 1,225 yards a year ago, hauling in 111 receptions. The defense had no issue getting to the quarterback last season, as the pass rush registered 52 sacks. The defense will need to improve on how many points they allowed per contest. For more on SMU, check out the team preview.
Like SMU, Cincinnati will also have their quarterback from the 2019 season back under center for the 2020 campaign. Desmond Ridder passed for nearly 2,200 yards, while throwing 18 touchdowns. Even though Ridder returned, the program did lose a 1,200 yard rusher, Michael Warren II. The good news for Cincinnati and coach Luke Fickell, Gerrid Doaks is back. Doaks saw plenty of time during the 2019 season, as he totaled over 500 yards rushing, while finding the end zone 5 times. The defense will be looking to mirror their 2019 success. Cincinnati allowed just over 20 points per contest a year ago. For more on Cincinnati, check out the team preview.
Overview: Cincinnati has opened as 5.5 favorites in this home game. The Bearcats should be able to improve off of their 2019 offensive numbers, as Ridder will only build off of the 2019 statline. Cincinnati should be up at the top again in the AAC during 2020. However, SMU should be just as good during 2020. The Mustangs will be looking to keep pace with any team on offense, but the problem will be on the defensive side. Therefore, I’m going to side with coach Luke Fickell and Cincinnati to win this game, but SMU will do enough to cover at home.