Houston Cougars (7-4) at Cincinnati Bearcats (8-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 6, 2014, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -6.5 -- Over/Under:
The Houston Cougars and Cincinnati Bearcats play Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Houston Cougars have won five of their last six games and rely on their defense. Houston is allowing 17.8 points, 319.5 yards, and has forced 22 sacks and 30 turnovers. Efrem Oliphant leads Houston with 115 tackles and Steven Taylor has eight tackles for loss. Offensively, Greg Ward Jr. is completing 69.6 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and six interceptions. Ward Jr. has four total touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Houston has 16 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Deontay Greenberry and Markeith Ambles have combined for more than 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Steven Dunbar has 16 of his 19 catches in his last three games. Houston’s ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Kenneth Farrow leads the way with 796 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have won six straight and could put themselves in position for a double-digit winning season. Gunner Kiel is completing 60 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Kiel has four touchdowns and one pick in his last two games, and Cincinnati has 27 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Mekale McKay and Shaq Washington have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Johnny Holton has nine of his 28 catches in his last two games. Cincinnati’s ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Rodriguez Moore leads the way with 521 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, the Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 26.4 points, 434.5 yards, and they’ve forced 30 sacks and 22 turnovers. Jeff Luc leads Cincinnati with 113 tackles and Terrell Hartsfield has eight tackles for loss.
The Cougars are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games and 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Bearcats are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Cincinnati and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings overall.
This is going to be a well played game between two of the better teams in the American. I actually like Houston in this game due to its lights out defense and the Cougars will be able to put pressure on the Bearcats offense. Give me the points in this one, as Houston has a solid shot of winning outright.