Temple Owls (0-5 SU, 2-3 ATS) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS)
College Football Week 7
Date and Time: Friday October 11, 2013 8:30pm EST
Where: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati OH
by Tim, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: Tem. +20/Cin. -20
Over/Under Total: 51.5
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Nippert Stadium is named for James Gamble Nippert; a former member of UCs 1923 football team. In the last game of the 23 season, Nippert suffered a puncture wound during the game with Miami (OH) and died of blood poisoning created by chicken droppings of the pre-game chicken-race! Nipperts Grandpa was James Gamble of Proctor and Gamble fame who donated the money for a stadium in Nipperts honor. Top that for a historical perspective of a football stadium! Temple and UC know each other very well. Out! are all the chicken sprints, chicken 5ks, and chicken gymnastics before games. In! is Tommy Tuberville and the 0-5 Temple Owls. Lets take a close look at these 2 teams!
The Cats spanked Purdue in their opener sending rumors of a BCS Bowl bid up and down the Ohio River Valley. Illinois was next up for UC bringing Whats My Name by Rihanna and sending Tuberville and his Staff back into seclusion. Another loss to South Florida has whittled down UCs Bowl hopes to The Beef OBrady Bowl, Neckcar GoDaddy.com Bowl, and The BBVA Compass Bowl! NOTE: The BBVA is thought to be a marriage of BVDs and Virginia Pork Producers although most are unsure of the loose or tight connection!
Temple lost to Notre Dame in their opener which isnt alarming; Temple has lost to everyone theyve played! Temple lost to Division 1A Fordham which also isnt alarmingbut losing to Idaho is alarming since Idaho is next to last at number 123 in points allowed with 1 single win on their potato stained resume (against Temple!). Temple has not played any good footballsustained or in spurts—to date and the talent pool is very cold to the touch! Lets get Inside the numbers Jimmy Roberts style!
Temple is 93rd in passing offense in the nation. The Owls are 115th in Red Zone offense efficiency and 117th in scoring offense. On defense, Temple is 96th in 3rd down conversion, 115th in yards allowed per game, and 104th in opponents time of possession. Temple just does not have the horses on either side of the ball suggesting the NCAA slapped a Death Penalty on the Temple program without telling the public
UC comes into the game 42nd in rushing, 53rd in passing, and 52nd in scoring on offense. On defense, the Bearcats stand 11th against the run, 7th in passing yards allowed and 4th nationally in total defense. Cincinnatis huge problem is scoring in the Red Zone as they are 92nd in Red Zone scoring! UC is 53rd in passing offense, 42nd in rushing offense, and 42nd in total offense!
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Its pretty clear that Temple needs to find the right questions before they can solve any problems. Temple is abysmal in virtually every aspect of the game leaving not much hope for supporters and players alike. UC has a stout defense and a B- minus offense that needs tweaking at test-taking time. UC moves the ball up and down the field with anyone in college football but just cannot pull the trigger inside the 20s! What UC needs is confidence. What Red Zone scoring requires is confidence and execution. Temples miniaturized defense will provide Cincy with every single ounce of Help they can musterit has been this way for Temple all year long. If you are sick and want to get better you see a Doctor. If you have a problem with confidence anywhere between the sidelines and goal lines you go to Temple! Like a fine mother serving chicken soup to her darling child, Go to Temple my child. Eat the chicken soup and go to Temple. Temple will cure all of your needsand make sure and wear galoshes and some gloves; its chilly outside. Go to Temple!
UC comes in with Bowl fever and will walk away from this game with Temple asking, Do you think people will think we ran up the score? Temple!! Oh my Temple! The keys are locked inside the cargo call a tow truck. Cincy big here!
Tims Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Cincinnati Bearcats -20.
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