Temple Owls at Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Preview
08 October 2021
There is more college football on Friday night, and one of the best teams in the country will be on display. The 5th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats host the Temple Owls in a game featuring American Conference teams.
Temple has actually been a present surprise this season, jumping out to a 3-2 record through their first five games. The Owls just stunned the Memphis Tigers last weekend, and they do have some momentum heading into this one.
Cincinnati is another team with plenty of momentum after going to Notre Dame and beating the Fighting Irish last weekend. The Bearcats are a perfect 4-0 on the year, and they are a threat to make the College Football Playoff.
The Cincinnati Bearcats are massive 28.5-point favorites over the Temple Owls on Friday night.
Temple Trying to Run
If the Temple Owls are going to keep this game close, then they are going to have to find a way to run the football. Temple is averaging just 129 rushing yards, but they need to establish the run to chew some time off of the clock.
Quarterback D’Wan Mathis has thrown for just 765 and five touchdowns this season, but Temple is going to need him to deliver in this game as well. It’s going to take a great offensive effort to give the Owls a chance to keep up in this game.
The defense is also going to be under fire, and that unit has allowed over 30 points per game. Temple is going to give up points in this game, but they have to find a way to limit big plays.
Defense Can Dominate For Bearcats
The offense of Cincinnati gets plenty of attention, but it has actually been the defense leading the way for this team. Cincinnati has allowed just 14.5 points per game this season, and that unit took control of the game against Notre Dame.
Quarterback Desmond Ridder is one of the best players in the country, and he does a little bit of everything for the Bearcats. Ridder has thrown for 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns this season, and those numbers should see a big boost in this one.
There just aren’t many holes on this Cincinnati team, and they will look to play with some pace and tempo in this matchup.
Cincinnati Cruises to Victory
There is a threat of a big letdown for Cincinnati in this matchup after dispatching Notre Dame a week ago. Even if that were to occur to begin the game, the overall disparity in talent is eventually going to play out on the field.
Temple is really going to struggle to score against Cincinnati on Friday night, and the Bearcats can put up points in a hurry. This game has the potential to get out of hand in a hurry, and the second half is going to see plenty of reserves getting some action.
Few teams have what it takes to battle the Bearcats, and Temple isn’t one of them. Bet the Cincinnati Bearcats -28.5 as they cruise to another blowout win by routing the Temple Owls on Friday night.
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