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Connecticut vs. Cincinnati - 11/22/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Bearcats (6-3) at Connecticut Huskies (2-7)
Date & Time Saturday November 22, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Connecticut Huskies +11 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Cincinnati Bearcats (6-3) at Connecticut Huskies (2-7)
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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Connecticut Huskies play Saturday night at Rentschler Field.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have won four straight games and have their eyes set on a possible American title. Cincinnati  is an all offensive team led by Gunner Kiel, who is completing 60.2 percent of his passes for 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Kiel has six total touchdowns and four picks in his last three games, and Cincy has 26 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Mekale McKay and Chris Moore have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, while Max Morrison has caught 15 passes and two touchdowns in his last three games. Cincinnati’s ground game is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, and Mike Boone leads the way with 402 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Rodriguez Moore was one yard away from rushing for 100 yards in back-to-back games. Defensively, the Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 31.6 points, 487.1 yards, and they’ve forced 25 sacks and 17 turnovers. Jeff Luc leads Cincinnati with 96 tackles and Terrell Hartsfield has nine tackles for loss.

The Connecticut Huskies are just 2-7 but both of their victories have come at home. UConn is a defensive team that’s allowing 27.7 points, 369.3 yards, and has forced 11 sacks and 11 turnovers. The Connecticut Huskies have won five of their last seven games when holding a team under 30 points. Marquise Vann leads Connecticut with 83 tackles and Graham Stewart has eight tackles for loss. Offensively, Chandler Whitmer is completing 56.5 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. Whitmer has eight touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and UConn has 14 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Geremy Davis and Deshon Foxx have combined for more than 800 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while Sean McQuillan has seven of his 15 catches in his last two games. Connecticut is averaging three yards per carry, and Ron Johnson leads the way with 228 rushing yards and two scores.

The Bearcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Huskies are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games in November and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings, while the home team is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.

While UConn has been decent at home this season, the Huskies don't have nearly enough offense to keep up with the explosive Bearcats. This game has the potential to get ugly. 

Pick:
Cincinnati Bearcats -11

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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