USF Bulls (7-2) at Cincinnati Bearcats (8-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 10, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -12 -- Over/Under:
The South Florida Bulls and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Saturday in college football action at Nippert Stadium.
The South Florida Bulls look to rebound from back-to-back losses to win at least eight games for the fourth straight season. The South Florida Bulls have won six of their last eight road games. Blake Barnett is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,410 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Barnett has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Tyre McCants and Randall St. Felix have combined for 1,027 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Darnell Salomon has 25 receptions. The South Florida Bulls ground game is averaging 219.1 yards per contest, and Jordan Cronkrite leads the way with 946 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, South Florida is allowing 30.9 points and 442.1 yards per game. Khalid McGee leads the South Florida Bulls with 71 tackles, Joe Black has five sacks and Mike Hampton has two interceptions.
The Cincinnati Bearcats look to remain undefeated while winning their ninth game and keeping pace in the wide open AAC. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won five straight home games. Desmond Ridder is completing 63.1 percent of his passes for 1,703 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Ridder has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Kahlil Lewis and Josiah Deguara have combined for 835 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Rashad Medaris has 20 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 235.5 yards per contest, and Michael Warren II leads the way with 931 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 14 points and 276.1 yards per game. Perry Young leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 45 tackles, Cortez Broughton has 4.5 sacks and James Wiggins has three interceptions.
The Bulls are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bearcats are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 home games and 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Bulls are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Cincinnati, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
The South Florida Bulls went from being undefeated to losing back-to-back games and getting blasted defensively. USF has allowed a combined 98 points in its last two games and Barnett simply isn't playing well enough to offset that type of letdown. The Cincinnati Bearcats are fresh off a beatdown over Navy and have been rather consistent this season outside of their overtime loss to Temple. The South Florida Bulls have covered eight of their last 11 games when a double-digit underdog. The Cincinnati Bearcats have covered five of their last nine games when a double-digit favorite. USF wasn't covering games every when they were winning, and now they're giving up points left and right. I almost have no choice but to side with the Cincinnati Bearcats in a blowout here.