The Cincinnati Bearcats hope to keep their bowl hopes alive as they host the Temple Owls. Kickoff is at 7:00 EST on Friday, November 10 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. The game can be seen on ESPN2.
Oddsmakers list Temple as 2.5-point favorites on the road. The over/under for the game is set at 61 points. Click here for a full list of Week 11 betting odds and links to game previews.
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The Bearcats snapped a five-game losing streak last week by edging out Tulane 17-16. However, at 3-6, Cincy must turn that one win into four straight wins at the end of the season in order to reach a bowl game. With their toughest games behind them, the schedule is manageable for the Bearcats to win out. But there is no margin for error if they hope to go bowling.
Temple, meanwhile, needs to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible. The Owls are coming off an impressive win over Navy, at one point leading by 21 points and holding on at the end after Navy forged a comeback. However, Temple has lost four of their last six games and still has a home date with Central Florida on their schedule. The Owls can’t afford to lose to Cincinnati if they want to play in a bowl game.
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With a spread of 2.5 points, this game is essentially a PK. Both teams are desperate for a win, so things could either way, especially with the better team being the road team. However, I feel confident in taking the under. These are two of the worst offensive teams in the country and I’m not sure I can envision them combining for 61 points.
On the season, the Bearcats are averaging less than 20 points per game. The only time they’ve been able to eclipse 30 points this season was in a loss to Navy. Quarterback Hayden Moore has completed just 56% of his passes on the season with an average of fewer than six yards per attempt. Those numbers are quite poor, and the Bearcats are not a team that creates a lot of explosive plays on offense.
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Temple is only slightly better on offense, averaging 22 points per game. The Owls have also started backup quarterback Frank Nutile the past couple of weeks due to an injury to starter Logan Marchi. Nutile has thrown the ball well in those two starts, although they came against Army and Navy. Cincinnati’s defense has been inconsistent at best this season, but the Bearcats should have better athletes than Nutile has faced the past couple of weeks.
Outside of quarterback play, both of these teams are among the worst in the country at running the ball. If neither team can generate a consistent rushing attack, it points to success for both defenses and a low-scoring game.
I haven’t seen enough from either team this season to make me think they can score 30-plus points against the other, making the under the safe bet in this game. Only one of Temple’s games this year has exceeded 61 total points, and that was their blowout loss to Notre Dame the first week of the season. Cincinnati has only played two games this year that exceeded 60 total points. The numbers tell me that 61 points is way too much and taking the under offers the most value in this game.