Can Moore lead Cincinnati?

Will Hayden Moore lead Cincinnati past San Diego State in Hawaii Bowl?

Without its starting quarterback, will Cincinnati still be able to move the ball on San Diego State in tonight’s Hawaii Bowl?

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According to oddsmakers at RealBets, San Diego State is favored in this contest, as the Aztecs are getting odds of -3 points against the Bearcats. The over/under total for the game has been set at 56.5 points. These two meet up tonight at 8PM ET on ESPN. The game will be played from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI.

The Bearcats (7-5, 6-6 ATS) have one of the top offenses in the country in terms of yardage production, as they average 559.4 yards per game, which ranks fifth in the nation. They are also fourth in the country in passing, averaging 373.1 yards per game. However, the team is without QB Gunner Kiel in this game, as he didn’t make the trip with the team due to a personal issue. With Kiel out, Hayden Moore, gets the start. He has thrown for 1,683 yards and nine touchdowns this year, but also has eight interceptions. The 6-3 freshman has appeared in eight games this season, his last being in a 65-27 loss to South Florida on Nov. 20. He threw for 249 yards and a TD with two interceptions.

Moore and the Aztecs meet up with San Diego State (10-3, 7-5-1 ATS), who are actually 119th in passing this year (143 ypg), but still have a great pass defense. SDSU is 13th nationally in pass defense, allowing just 176.8 yards per game. When the Aztecs have lost, stopping the pass was an issue. Back on Sept. 12, in a 35-7 loss to Cal, San Diego State gave up 321 passing yards to Jared Goff. On Sept. 19, in a 27-24 OT loss to South Alabama, Cody Clements threw for 270 yards on SDSU. On Sept. 26 in a 37-21 loss to Penn State, the Aztecs gave up 296 passing yards to Christian Hackenberg.

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