South Florida Bulls vs. Cincinnati - 11/16/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati at South Florida Bulls
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Raymond James Stadium)
CIN -525, CIN -13.5
The #20 Cincinnati Bearcats travel to Florida on Saturday for a game against the University of South Florida Bulls. In their last game, the Bearcats were victorious against the UConn Huskies, winning by the score of 48-3. Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder completed 13 of 23 passes for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day. Ridder also rushed 7 times for 94 yards in the game. The lead rusher for Cincinnati was Gerrid Doaks who carried the ball 13 times for 123 yards and a touchdown. The Bearcats’ lead receiver in the game was Josiah Deguara who caught 5 passes for 45 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Cincinnati defense allowed a total of 218 yards to UConn, including just 70 yards through the air.
With the win, the Bearcats are now 8-1 on the season and 5-0 in conference play which puts them in 1st place in the American Conference East Division. Desmond Ridder has now thrown for 1,696 yards and 17 touchdown passes against 7 interceptions on the season. Ridder has also rushed 91 times for 417 yards and a touchdown. The lead rusher on the year for Cincinnati is Michael Warren II who has carried the ball 146 times for 699 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season. Alec Pierce has been the Bearcats most productive receiver on the year as he has caught 23 passes for 441 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The South Florida Bulls come into Saturday’s game after a loss to Temple by the score of 17-7 in their last game. USF quarterback Jordan McCloud completed 23 of his 38 passing attempts for 225 yards and a touchdown. South Florida was led in receiving by Mitchell Wilcox who caught 5 passes for 55 yards on the night. The South Florida running game struggled much like the rest of the offense and failed to really get going as they were led by Jordan Cronkrite who ran for 21 yards on 8 carries. The USF defense allowed 320 yards to Temple including 153 on the ground.
On the year, South Florida is now 4-5 with a 2-3 record in conference play which is good enough for 4th place in the AAC East Division. McCloud has been the Bulls leading passer as he has thrown for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns against 6 interceptions. Mitchell Wilcox has been the lead receiver for the Bulls and has caught 20 passes for 309 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season. Jordan Cronkrite has been the lead rusher for the Bulls and has carried the ball 116 times for 608 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Cincinnati has scored 32.7 points per game while giving up 21 points per game on the season. Cincinnati has gained an average of 406.2 yards per game while allowing 363.2 yards per game. USF has scored 24 points per game on the year while allowing 27.1. USF has averaged gaining 345.8 yards per game and allowed an average of 377.8 yards per game. Although this game will be played at South Florida, I don’t think they will be able to beat Cincinnati. The Bearcats have better stats in all major categories, and I believe they will come away with a win in this one. Cincinnati wins 35-21 and covers the spread.