Cincinnati vs. Temple Prediction
Cincinnati has allowed 21 or less points in five of its six games this season en route to an undefeated record. Will the Bearcats and host Temple Owls engage in a defensive battle today that keeps the final score under the total?
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field at 12:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Owls are a 3.5-point favorite to win on the spread line. The total is set at 47.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 55 percent of public bets are being placed on host Temple. Check out our College Football Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Warren II leading Bearcats offense
Michael Warren II has been a touchdown machine for Cincinnati this season as he has 11 rushing scores on 124 carries for 664 yards. Quarterback Desmond Ridder is 82-of-125 through the air for 1,062 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has also rushed 68 times for 315 yards and four TDs. Tavion Thomas has 37 rushes for 259 yards and four touchdowns. Josiah Deguara leads the receiving corps with 21 receptions for 296 yards and three TDs. The Bearcats are 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference.
Bryant big threat through air
Ventell Bryant is the big-play receiver in the Temple offense with 26 receptions for 343 yards and a touchdown. Branden Mack has 25 catches for 275 yards and three scores. Ryquell Armstead has rushed 122 times for 626 yards and six touchdowns. Anthony Russo is 88-of-150 passing for 1,173 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Owls are 4-3 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in the AAC.
College Football Betting Trends
The under is 5-1 in the last six Bearcats road games. The under is 6-1 in the last seven Cincinnati games on grass.
The under is 11-4 in the last 15 Owls games following a straight up win. The over is 5-2 in the last seven Temple conference games.
This could turn into a barnburner of a game, with each possession being valuable as both defenses have shown to be strong. The Owls have allowed 19 or less points in five of their seven games. I wouldn't be shocked if the winner of this game has 24 or less points, which puts the under in a great position. Expect defense to win out here.
PREDICTION: CINCINNATI/TEMPLE UNDER 47.5