Temple vs. Cincinnati - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bearcats (4-3) at Temple Owls (5-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Cincinnati Bearcats will travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the Temple Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Cincinnati Bearcats improved to 4-3 (1-3 AAC) on the season after defeating the East Carolina Pirates, 31-19, this past Saturday. Cincinnati did an outstanding job in the 1st half limiting the East Carolina scoring chances and was able to hang on for a victory after taking a 14-3 halftime lead. Cincinnati outgained East Carolina by a 513-504 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin. Leading the way for the Bearcats was QB Gunner Kiel who completed 23 of 40 passes for 348 yards and 4 TD. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 24.1 ppg on 414.7 total yards per game (284.1 passing, 130.6 rushing). Offensively, the Bearcats have been led by the strong receiving group of Devin Gray (5.0 rec/g, 77.1 yds/g, TD), Kahlil Lewis (5.0 rec/g, 64.1 yds/g, 5 TD), and Nate Cole (5.4 rec/g, 56.0 yds/g, 4 TD). QB Hayden Moore has completed 56.6% of his passes for 7 TD and 4 INT while averaging 275.0 passing yards per game, however, will most likely serve as the backup QB going forward as long as Gunner Kiel continues to play well. Leading the way for the Bearcats backfield has been Tion Green (13.0 att/g, 64.6 yds/g, 2 TD) and Mike Boone (13.4 att/g, 48.9 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing their opponents to average 24.4 ppg on 430.9 total yards per game (265.1 passing, 165.7 rushing). Cincinnati has forced 18 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of +4.
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The Temple Owls won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-3 (3-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 46-30, this past Saturday. Temple was outstanding on the ground, rushing for 319 yards in the game, and was able to hang on for the victory after taking 34-23 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. Temple outgained South Florida by a 528-352 margin and won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin. Leading the way for the Owls was RB Ryquell Armstead who had 2 TD’s and 210 yards rushing on 20 carries. On the season, Temple is averaging 33.8 ppg on 396.8 total yards per game (227.5 passing, 169.3 rushing). Offensively, the Owls are led by the backfield duo of Ryquell Armstead (11.4 att/g, 76.6 yds/g, 9 TD) and Jahad Thomas (16.8 att/g, 68.8 yds/g, 9 TD). QB Phillip Walker has completed 57.1% of his passes for 11 TD and 10 INT while averaging 223.9 passing yds/game. Keith Kirkwood (3.1 rec/g, 47.8 yds/g, 3 TD), Ventell Bryant (4.0 rec/g, 69.2 yds/g, TD), Jahad Thomas (3.3 rec/g, 43.8 yds/g, 3 TD) and Brodrick Yancy (2.5 rec/g, 27.0 yds/g, 2 TD) have been the leading receivers for the Owls. Defensively, Temple is allowing their opponents to average 23.9 ppg on 321.0 total yards per game (169.3 passing, 151.8 rushing). Temple has forced 15 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of +2.
The Bearcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games in October however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Cincinnati got a much need AAC victory and has to be impressed with how QB Gunner Kiel played after starting the season 3rd on the QB depth chart. Temple had one of the more impressive victories of the weekend as they were able to beat a very good South Florida team on both sides of the ball in picked up a great conference win which put them in 1st place in the AAC – East. Temple is a tough home team however, Cincinnati is coming into this game with a ton of positive momentum and as long as Gunner Kiel can continue to play at a high level, I think the Bearcats will do enough to keep this one within the number. Take Cincinnati and the points.