Cincinnati at Memphis - 9/24/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1) at Memphis Tigers (3-0)
College Football: Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Liberty Bowl)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats and Memphis Tigers meet Thursday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The Cincinnati Bearcats look for a big road win after a solid 2-1 start. Gunner Kiel is completing 63 percent of his passes for 805 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Kiel is questionable with a shoulder injury. Johnny Holton and Shaq Washington have combined for 333 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Chris Moore has 10 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 236 yards per contest, and Tion Green leads the way with 252 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Cincy is allowing 25.7 points and 330 yards per game. Eric Wilson leads the Bearcats with 31 tackles, Norman Oglesby has a sack and Zach Edwards has an interception. Idarius Ray and Leviticus Payne are questionable.
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The Memphis Tigers look to remain undefeated when they play their second home game. Paxton Lynch is completing 76.6 percent of his passes for 818 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lynch has thrown a touchdown in eight straight games. Mose Frazier and Phil Mayhue have combined for 356 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Tevin Jones has five receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 251 yards per contest, and Jarvis Cooper leads the way with 174 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 23.7 points and 354.3 yards per game. Jackson Dillon leads the Tigers with 14 tackles, Donald Pennington has two sacks and Arthur Maulet has four pass deflections. Taylor Fallin is questionable.
The Bearcats are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 6-1-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Memphis and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings overall.
Coach Tommy Tuberville said that Kiel has a good chance to play in this game despite his shoulder injury. If that's the case, I really like the free points with the Bearcats. Memphis really hasn't had a tough schedule so far allowed a subpar Bowling Green team to hang around. Cincy is an explosive team with an above-average QB.