Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-1) at Cincinnati Bearcats (8-0)
College Football: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Nippert Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -12.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bearcats battle the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Saturday in AAC college football action from Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.
Tulsa enters this game at 6-1 overall. The Hurricane are on a six-game winning streak, and have taken out SMU, Tulane and Navy in their last three outings. As for Cincinnati, they’re 8-0 this year. The Bearcats have beaten Memphis, Houston, East Carolina and UCF in their last four games. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Tulsa opened the year with a tough matchup against Oklahoma State, but hung in there on a 16-7 loss. Since then it’s been six straight wins for the Golden Hurricane in a great season. Those victories came 34-26 over UCF, 42-13 over South Florida, 34-30 over East Carolina, 28-24 over SMU, 30-24 (OT) against Tulane and 19-6 over Navy.
In the win over the Midshipmen, Tulsa quarterback Zach Smith bagged 168 yards and a score on 10-of-25 passing. Corey Taylor led the rush with 19 carries for 69 yards, and Josh Johnson had 76 yards and a score on three catches.
Over on the Cincinnati side, they’re rolling along undefeated this season, but did have a close scare in their last game. The Bearcats’ wins have come over Austin Peay, Army, South Florida, SMU, Memphis, Houston, East Carolina and UCF The Knights game was tight, though: a 36-33 escape for Cincinnati.
In the win over the Knights, Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder posted 338 yards and two scores on 21-of-32 passing while also rushing for 57 yards and two scores. Josh Whyle led the receivers on 81 yards and a TD, and Gerrid Doaks had 28 carries for 97 yards.
The Hurricane are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in December and 4-1 ATS in their last five on turf. Tulsa is 7-1 ATS in their last eight overall and 6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games.
Meanwhile, the Bearcats are 5-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last five conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Cincinnati here. This is bound to be a close game, though. Tulsa dominated Navy in total yards (296-153) but had trouble breaking away in their last game, a closer-than-it-looked 19-6 win. The offense never really got in a scoring rhythm, which was pretty uncharacteristic for a team that normally puts up points with ease. As for Cincinnati, they’ve been consistent on the scoreboard for the most part, but the close game against the Knights is cause for concern. Still, I think the Bearcats can get the offense going and manage a cover here. Should be a fun one to watch.