Cincinnati Bearcats at Temple Owls Point Spread Pick - ATS Prediction

October 20, 12:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Temple -3.5

The Cincinnati Bearcats look to remain perfect on the year as road underdogs in this Saturday’s AAC matchup against the Temple Owls. Game time from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia is set for 12 p.m. with ESPNU carrying the game nationally.

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Cincinnati at Temple Game Overview

Cincinnati went into last week’s bye with a perfect 6-0 record straight-up while going a profitable 5-1 against the spread. This run includes a road win against Connecticut and a win at home against Tulane in AAC play. The only game it failed to cover was a tight 34-30 win against Ohio as a seven-point home favorite on Sept. 22. The total has gone OVER the closing line in three of the Bearcats’ last four contests behind a scoring average of 45.8 points in that same span.

Behind Desmond Ridder at quarterback and Michael Warren II as the team’s leading rusher, Cincinnati is averaging 468 total yards of offense a game. The Bearcats have relied heavily on a running game that is ranked 10th in the nation in yards per game. Complementing an offense that is scoring an average of 38.3 points per game is a defense that has moved to third in the country in points allowed (13.7).

The Owls got past Navy 24-17 this past Saturday as 6.5-point road favorites to improve to 4-3 SU with a 5-2 record ATS. They have been able to cover in their last five games following losses to Villanova and Buffalo as home favorites to start the year. The total stayed UNDER 49 points in Saturday's win, and it has stayed UNDER in three of Temple's last five games.

Anthony Russo threw for 300 yards against Navy highlighted by a 62-yard touchdown pass to Ventell Bryant in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. He has thrown for 1,173 yards and six touchdowns this season, but he has also been picked off seven times. Temple’s ground game has been led by Ryquell Armstead with 626 yards rushing and six scores on 122 carries, but overall it is ranked 98th in the nation with an average of just 141.4 rushing yards per game. Defensively, the Owls are allowing an average of 22.0 PPG.

Cincinnati at Temple Betting Trends

  • The Bearcats have gone 4-1 both SU and ATS in their last five road games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their previous six games played on the road.
  • The Owls are have won 16 of their last 23 games played on their home field while covering ATS in 15 of those contests. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five home games.
  • Temple won last season's meeting 35-24 as a three-point road favorite as part of a 4-1 SU record in the previous five games between the two AAC East Division foes. The total has gone OVER in two of the last three matchups.

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Cincinnati at Temple Prediction 10/20/2018

Both of these teams are part of a conference that has quickly established itself as the top Mid Major in the country with three teams currently ranked in the AP Top 25. A few early losses have worked against Temple when it comes to national recognition, but the fact that the Owls are favored in this matchup tells you just how good they really are.

Cincinnati is undefeated for a reason. I see this contest turning into a three-point game either way so I will take the 3.5 points and the Bearcats to cover.

Free Pick: 
Take Cincinnati +3.5
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