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Temple vs. Cincinnati - 10/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cincinnati Bearcats (6-0) at Temple Owls (4-3)
Date & Time Saturday October 20, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Temple Owls -3.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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CFB | Cincinnati Bearcats (6-0) at Temple Owls (4-3)
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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Temple Owls meet Saturday in college football action at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Cincinnati Bearcats look for their fourth road victory of the season to remain undefeated and the frontrunners to win the AAC. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won five of their last eight road games. Desmond Ridder is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,062 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. Ridder has two or more touchdown passes in each of his last four games. Josiah Deguara and Kahlil Lewis have combined for 529 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Rashad Medaris has 10 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 255.5 yards per contest, and Michael Warren II leads the way with 664 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 13.7 points and 274.3 yards per game. Perry Young leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 29 tackles, Cortez Broughton has four sacks and James Wiggins has two interceptions.

The Temple Owls look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games and keep pace in the AAC East. The Temple Owls have lost five of their last eight home games. Anthony Russo is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 1,173 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Frank Nutile and Russo have combined for 10 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions this season. Ventell Bryant and Branden Mack have combined for 618 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Isaiah Wright has 21 receptions. The Temple Owls ground game is averaging 141.4 yards per contest, and Ryquell Armstead leads the way with 626 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Temple is allowing 22 points and 333.3 yards per game. Shaun Bradley leads the Temple Owls with 50 tackles, Michael Dogbe has 4.5 sacks and Rock Ya-Sin has two interceptions. 

The Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Owls are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 conference games, 37-15-1 ATS in their last 53 games in October and 36-17 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the road team is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Owls last 7 conference games and the under is 5-1 in Bearcats last 6 road games.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have done nothing but steamroll teams up to this point, as five of their six wins have been decided by at least nine points and they have one of the top defenses in the country. Cincinnati has also had an extra week to prepare for this contest. The Temple Owls have been solid since their shaky start to the season and have allowed 17 or less points in four of their last five games. The Cincinnati Bearcats have covered three of their last four games when an underdog of at least three points. The Temple Owls have covered six of their last eight games when favored by at least three points. Temple has clearly been good in spots like this and has won the last three meetings against the Bearcats. However, the Cincinnati Bearcats have been arguably the most impressive team in the AAC this season and we're probably getting free points with the better team. When that's the case, I rarely turn it down. 

Pick:
Cincinnati Bearcats +3.5

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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