Cincinnati Bearcats (8-0) at Temple Owls (1-6)
College Football: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Temple Owls +35.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Temple Owls meet in AAC college football action from Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Bearcats will try to take another step towards the college football playoffs after improving to 8-0 with a hard-fought 36-33 win over UCF last time out. Desmond Ridder has thrown for 1,821 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 66.5% passing while also rushing for 526 yards and 11 TDs. Gerrid Doaks leads Cincinnati with 660 rushing yards and 7 TDs while Jerome Ford has 329 rushing yards with 6 scores and Charles McClelland has 115 rushing yards as well this season. Jayshon Jackson leads Cincinnati in receiving with 297 receiving yards while Josh Whyte has a team-high 24 catches for 291 yards and 5 touchdowns. Michael Young Jr. has 260 receiving yards with 3 TDs and Tre Tucker has 227 yards with 3 scores as well while the aforementioned Doaks has 202 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. On defense, Jamal White has a team-high 68 total tackles including 38 solo tackles while Coby Bryant has a team-high 3 interceptions and Myjai Sanders leads the Bearcats with 5 sacks this season.
The Temple Owls will look to rebound from a 1-6 record after a 28-3 loss to East Carolina last time out, making it 5 losses in a row for Temple. Anthony Russo has thrown for 863 yards, 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 68.1% passing while Re’Mahn Davis leads the Owls in rushing with 308 rushing yards and Tayvon Ruley is right behind with 306 rushing yards. Jadan Blue leads Temple’s receiving group with 41 grabs for 371 yards and 5 touchdowns and Randle Jones is right behind with 31 grabs for 370 yards and 2 scores. Branden Mack has 291 receiving yards with 3 TDs and David Martin-Robinson has 147 receiving yards for Temple on the year. On defense, William Kwenkeu has a team-high 49 total tackles including 29 solo tackles while Arnold Ebiketie has 42 total tackles including 28 solo tackles and a team-high 4 sacks this season.
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall. Temple is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Cincinnati is 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve been as high on the Bearcats as anyone as Cincinnati’s balanced on both sides of the ball and deserves to be in the playoffs. With that said, as bad as Temple’s been (and a 28-3 loss to East Carolina is BAD), this just has letdown spot written all over it for Cincinnati here after such a massive win over UCF. I do think the Bearcats win here, but like 38-10 or 38-7, still leaving the door open for a backdoor cover that Temple slides in and gets. Give me Temple and the points here.