The Temple Owls will be traveling to Nippert Stadium to face off against the No. 5 Cincinnati Bearcats in what should be a really tough test for them. The Owls are sitting at just 3-2 but are coming off a win against Memphis last weekend. On the other hand, Cincinnati is undefeated and just knocked off Notre Dame in a matchup of top-10 teams. Cincinnati enters this game as the heavy favorites but does Temple have what it takes to upset the Bearcats on Friday night? Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA odds.
|Game: Temple Owls (3-2) at Cincinnati Bearcats (4-0)
Location: Nippert Stadium
Time: 7 p.m. ET
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Despite Cincinnati’s recent success, Temple actually holds the series lead. They have won 13 out of the 22 games meetings. However, Cincinnati won the most recent matchup in 2019. Prior to that, Temple rattled off four straight wins following five straight victories by Cincinnati. Each team seems to win games in bunches and if that continues to be true, the Bearcats should feel good about their position.
Next game: at South Florida Bulls
D’Wan Mathis and this offense came alive late in the game to help give Temple a huge 34-31 win over the Memphis Tigers last week. Temple rattled off 17 points in the second quarter with Mathis being a large contributor. He threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, controlling the game through the air. Edward Saydee was the team’s lead back, picking up 62 yards on 12 carries. Amad Anderson had himself a very nice game with three receptions, 108 yards and a touchdown. Flipping over to the defensive side of things, they didn’t have that much success. They picked up three sacks and forced a fumble but still can’t be happy that they allowed 31 points. Cincinnati is arguably a much stronger offensive unit than Memphis, and Temple will definitely have to stay prepared to avoid falling behind too early.
Wide receiver Randle Jones has been ruled out for this contest with a knee injury along with DaeSean Winston, who has an undisclosed injury. Tight end David Martin-Robinson has also been announced as out with a shoulder injury. Re’Mahn Davis, the running back, is the final player listed on the early injury report as he is out for the year with a foot injury.
Next game: vs. UCF Knights
The Bearcats were the first team to really show the world that Notre Dame wasn’t worthy of its No. 9 ranking. Cincy completely dominated the first half, building a lead of 17-0 at the break. Things got a little bit slower and Notre Dame inched its way back but it wasn’t enough as the Bearcats strutted out with a 24-13 win. The win got Cincinnati into the top five and a lot of that is due to the excellence of Desmond Ridder.
The young quarterback completed 59 percent of his passes while throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Alec Pierce was clearly his favorite target as evidenced by his six receptions for 144 yards. The run game worked out well with Jerome Ford receiving the majority of the work in this category. He took 17 carries for 71 but wasn’t able to break the end zone. Ridder ran 10 times and scored as well. The Bearcats also did great defensively, racking up only two sacks but forcing two interceptions.
There is nobody currently listed on the injury report for the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Betting on the Game
It’s hard to imagine the Cincinnati Bearcats not being able to handle Temple, so they are the choice for college football picks in terms of the moneyline. The Bearcats are the superior team overall. Having such a strong defense will give the Owls a lot of problems offensively. They are in position to actually make a run at the national championship. Temple shouldn’t trip them up.
It’s often difficult to betonline with the favorite in a game that is so heavily lopsided on the spread. The early line has the Bearcats winning by 29 points, though this could actually happen. Temple does have a lot to be happy about after its last win but has yet to face a team with an offense as talented as the Bearcats. They have to hope that Cincy has a bit of a letdown after such a big win. That’s quite possible, so don’t be surprised if the Bearcats win but don’t cover the massive number.
Points aren’t going to be easy to come by for the Owls, but they could for Cincinnati. Temple was blown out by both Boston College and Rutgers, and Cincinnati is better than each of them by a significant margin. If this pattern continues, Cincinnati could end up stomping the Owls and hitting the over on its own. Temple may also be able to put together some garbage time drives to boost the score and hit the over.