Tulsa at Cincinnati: 12/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Cincinnati Bearcats (8-0) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-1)
Game Info: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Nippert Stadium)
Betting Odds: Cincinnati Bearcats -12.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 24th ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Nippert Stadium to take on the 8th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats in the AAC Championship this Saturday night.
The 24th ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 6th straight game and improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Navy Midshipmen, 19-6, this past Saturday. Tulsa’s defense was outstanding against the Navy rushing attack and had no trouble securing the victory after taking 10-point lead with 10:58 left in regulation on a 37-yard FG by Zack Long. Tulsa outgained Navy by a 296-153 margin and forced 1 turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was QB Zach Smith who completed 10 of 25 passes for 168 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, Tulsa is averaging 27.7 ppg on 411.1 total yards per game (251.7 passing yds/g; 159.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tulsa has been led by QB Zach Smith who has completed 57.8% of his passes for 1,434 yards, 11 TD, & 6 INT. The top receiving threats for the Golden Hurricane have been Keylon Stokes (35 rec, 508 yards, 2 TD), Josh Johnson (35 rec, 484 yards, 6 TD), JuanCarlos Santana (25 rec, 378 yards, 3 TD), and Sam Crawford Jr. (21 rec, 254 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Tulsa backfield has been the trio of Deneric Prince (71 att, 356 yards, 2 TD), Corey Taylor II (63 att, 329 yards, 2 TD), and T.K. Wilkerson (80 att, 317 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, Tulsa is holding their opponents to an average of 19.9 ppg on 329.4 total yards per game (184.1 passing yds/g; 145.3 rushing yds/g).
The 8th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats come into this game with an overall record of 8-0 after defeating the UCF Knights, 36-33, on November 21st. In their toughest test of the season, Cincinnati was able to hold on for the victory after taking a 36-25 lead with 7:15 left in regulation on a 7-yard TD reception by Leonard Taylor. Cincinnati outgained UCF by a 482-359 margin and forced 1 turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Bearcats was QB Desmond Ridder who completed 21 of 32 passes for 338 yards & 2 TD while also adding 2 TD’s on the ground.
On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 40.9 ppg on 473.1 total yards per game (238.9 passing yds/g; 234.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Cincinnati has been led by QB Desmond Ridder who has completed 66.5% of his passes for 1,821 yards, 16 TD, & 6 INT. Ridder is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Bearcats as he has 526 rushing yards & 11 TD on 67 carries. The top receiving threats for the Bearcats have been Jayshon Jackson (20 rec, 297 yards, TD), Josh Whyle (24 rec, 291 yards, 5 TD), Michael Young Jr. (23 rec, 260 yards, 3 TD), and Tre Tucker (17 rec, 227 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Cincinnati backfield has been the duo of Gerrid Doaks (137 att, 660 yards, 7 TD) & Jerome Ford (53 att, 329 yards, 6 TD).
Defensively, Cincinnati is holding their opponents to an average of 15.0 ppg on 308.1 total yards per game (195.6 passing yds/g; 112.5 rushing yds/g).
The Golden Hurricane are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 December games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Bearcats are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Cincinnati was supposed to take on Tulsa on the road last week before being cancelled due to Covid-19 and now we’ll have the same matchup for the AAC Championship in Cincinnati. Cincinnati has been a team that has paid off for us throughout the season, however, similar to my writeup last week, I’m a big fan of this Tulsa defense which I think can give Cincinnati some trouble. Tulsa will need a big game from Zach Smith, however, as I think this has a chance to be a low-scoring slugfest, I’m taking Tulsa and the points in this one.