Toledo Rockets at Cincinnati Bearcats CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/12/14
Toledo Rockets (1-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (0-0)
College Football: Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -11 -- Over/Under: 59.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toledo Rockets and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium in week 3 of the college football season.
The Toledo Rockets look to rebound from their loss to the Missouri Tigers but will have to do so without quarterback Phillip Ely, who tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Logan Woodside will now be asked to lead the way, a sophomore quarterback who has just 51 career pass attempts. This likely means more carries for running back Kareem Hunt, who is averaging 8.1 yards per carry and already has five touchdowns. The Rockets have the 32nd best rushing attack in the country and are sure to lean on that until Woodside can get comfortable enough to make the throws. Defensively, the Toledo Rockets have forced three turnovers, six sacks and are allowing 34.5 points per game. Orion Jones leads the Rockets with two sacks and Junior Sylvestre has 17 tackles.
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This will be the season debut for the Cincinnati Bearcats and the second season under head coach Tommy Tuberville. The Bearcats will go with Gunner Kiel at quarterback, a former top recruit who transferred from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Kiel will certainly have plenty of weapons around him, including running back Hosey Williams and one of the more underrated wide receivers in the country in Shaq Washington, who led the Bearcats with 78 catches last season. The Cincinnati Bearcats had a Top 10 defense in the country last season but did make a change at defensive coordinator. Still, defensive lineman Silverberry Mouhon pushed 10 sacks last season and Nick Temple is an experienced linebacker who will be the glue to this defensive unit.
The Rockets are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games in September and 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS loss. The Bearcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games.
Toledo doesn't have its starting QB and Cincy has a QB who hasn't played in over a year. I like the under in this spot.