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#113 Cincinnati 58.5 vs.
#114 Memphis -9
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 3:30pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week 15 of college football continues as Cincinnati travels to Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to play against Memphis on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 P.M. This will be the 36th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last week when the Tigers beat the Bearcats at home by the score of 34-24.

Cincinnati Looks For Revenge

Cincinnati enters this game with a solid 10-2 record as it is still currently ranked in the AP Top 20. However, Cincinnati enters this game off a disappointing road loss to Memphis last week that would have given it a home-field advantage in this conference championship game. Luckily, Cincinnati already clinched a spot in the game prior to that loss so it will have a shot at immediate revenge on Saturday. Now, the Bearcats will look to learn from their mistakes against the Tigers in the first meeting this season and potentially get revenge en route to a conference championship in the second meeting.

Cincinnati's offense is led by sophomore quarterbackDesmond Ridder who has been pretty good this season. He has 1,836 passing yards along with 17 passing touchdowns. In addition, Riddler has also been extremely efficient on the ground as he has 432 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. However, Ridder did not play last week against Memphis so one has to wonder just what his role will be in this second meeting.

Defensively, Cincinnati has been above average up to this point. The Bearcats are allowing 21.1 points per game which ranks 26th in the nation. In addition, the Bearcats are allowing 370.8 yards per game which ranks 50th in the nation. However, Cincinnati just gave up 34 points to Memphis last week so it will need to play better on Saturday.

Defensively, Cincinnati has been above average up to this point. The Bearcats are allowing 21.1 points per game which ranks 26th in the nation. In addition, the Bearcats are allowing 370.8 yards per game which ranks 50th in the nation. However, Cincinnati just gave up 34 points to Memphis last week so it will need to play better on Saturday.

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Memphis is the much better team in this game and I expect it to show on Saturday. Memphis just beat Cincinnati by ten points last week and its speed advantage was on full display so I do not believe that Cincinnati will be able to make any drastic adjustments. Memphis is also undefeated at home and it has been unstoppable offensively due to its uptempo style and its elite talent at the skill positions. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Memphis -9.5

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Both teams just faced each other last week so I expect them to make adjustments based on what they saw last week. Cincinnati also struggled a bit last week as it turned the ball over three times so I expect the Bearcats to continue struggling offensively as they should also be able to make some adjustments to partially slow down Memphis' offense. This game should end in the low-50s as a result. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 57.5

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Memphis has been elite on its home-field all season long and I expect the Tigers to get out to a fast start on Saturday. The Tigers have gotten so close to a conference title each of the last two seasons but have fallen short so I expect them to be extremely motivated to get out to an early lead in this game. Plus, Memphis just outscored Cincinnati by 14 points last week in the first quarter so I think that the Tigers should be able to overwhelm the Bearcats with their speed in the first half. Give me the favorite.

Prediction: Memphis 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.