Memphis at Cincinnati: 10/31/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0) vs Memphis Tigers (3-1)
Game Info: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Nippert Stadium)
Betting Odds: Cincinnati Bearcats -6 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers will travel to Nipper Stadium to take on the 7th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Memphis Tigers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-1 (2-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 41-29, this past Saturday. Memphis struggled to get their high powered offense rolling in the 1st half agianst the Owls and trailed by a 15-10 margin at halftime, however, the Tigers opened the 2nd half scoring 17 unanswered points to take the lead and put the game away on a Kylan Watkins 15-yard TD run with 2:15 remaining. Memphis was outgained by Temple by a 500-489 margin, however, did force Temple into committing four turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was QB Brady White who completed 17 of 36 passes for 313 yards, 4 TD, and an INT.
On the season, Memphis is averaging 38.8 ppg on 548.8 total yards per game (343.8 passing yds/g; 205.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Memphis has been led by QB Brady White who has completed 64.8% of his passes for 1,375 yards, 17 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving targets for the Tigers have been Calvin Austin III (24 rec, 424 yards, 5 TD), Sean Dykes (23 rec, 281 yards, 4 TD), Tahj Washington (15 rec, 226 yards, 3 TD), and Damonte Coxie (16 rec, 175 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Memphis backfield has been the duo of Rodrigues Clark (79 att, 421 yards, TD) and Kylan Watkins (43 att, 229 yards, TD).
Defensively, Memphis is allowing their opponents to average 33.0 ppg on 567.8 total yards per game (440.3 passing yds/g; 127.5 rushing yds/g).
The 7th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats improved to 4-0 (2-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the 16th ranked SMU Mustangs, 42-13, this past Saturday night. Cincinnati’s defense was outstanding against the high-powered SMU offense and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 28-10 lead with 3:22 left in the 3rd quarter. Cincinnati outgained SMU by a 439-290 margin, however, did lose the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder who completed 13 of 21 passes for 126 Yards & 1 TD while also adding 179 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 8 carries.
On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 37.3 ppg on 406.8 total yards per game (195.0 passing yds/g; 211.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Cincinnati has been led by QB Desmond Ridder who has completed 60.6% of his passes for 723 yards, & TD & 4 INT. Ridder is also the leading rusher for the Bearcats as he has 250 yards & 3 TD’s on 23 carries. Cincinnati is a run-first team and has plenty of options in the backfield to go with Ridder in Gerrid Doaks (62 att, 250 yards, 6 TD), Charles McClelland (22 att, 115 yards), and Jerome Ford (28 att, 111 yards, 2 TD). The top receivers for the Bearcats have been Jayshon Jackson (10 rec, 153 yards), Gerrid Doakes (7 rec, 135 yards, 2 TD), Josh Whyle (7 rec, 104 yards, 3 TD), and Michael Young Jr. (10 rec, 101 yards, TD).
Defensively, Cincinnati is holding their opponents to an average of just 12.5 ppg on 302.5 total yards per game (182.5 passing yds/g; 120.0 rushing yds/g).
The Tigers are 1-3 ATS on the season and 2-2 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Bearcats are 3-2 ATS in the season, however, 8-2 ATS vs. Memphis in their last 10 games.
Memphis is a good team, but I think they are a similar team to the SMU Mustangs that we just saw Cincinnati blowout on the road. Cincinnati’s defense is one of the best in the country, especially in their secondary which should give the Memphis passing attack trouble and as I think Desmond Ridder and the Cincinnati ground game will be able to put up some points against a Memphis defense that ranks dead last in College Football in terms of total defense, I think the Bearcats have no trouble covering this home spread. Good Luck.