Cincinnati Football: Last-minute predictions as the Bearcats face UCF

Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Arquon Bush tackles UCF Knights wide receiver Ryan O'Keefe. The Enquirer.
Cincinnati Bearcats cornerback Arquon Bush tackles UCF Knights wide receiver Ryan O'Keefe. The Enquirer. /
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In order to remain unbeaten in conference play, the Bearcats need to stay focused and patient in such a hostile atmosphere against UCF. Although it’s going to be a difficult matchup, Cincinnati should be able to win if they can control the tempo and limit mistakes.

Since both teams are fueled by an explosive rushing attack, whichever defense can contain the run more consistently will likely come out on top. That’s easier said than done though as the Bearcats look to slow down UCF’s high-powered offense.

Even though the Bearcats aren’t nearly as dominant on the ground, Charles McClelland has become an integral part of the offense with a team-high 631 yards and six touchdowns. Corey Kiner is second on the team with five scores and 4.6 yards per carry.

Despite being one of the most penalized programs in the country, the Bearcats are in a solid position to win a third straight AAC championship and appear in another New Year’s Six bowl but it will be difficult to attain those goals unless the penalties subside.

Cincinnati Football: Last-minute predictions as the Bearcats face UCF

  • Date: Saturday, October 29 at 3:30 PM
  • Location: FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando
  • TV Broadcast: ESPN and fuboTV
  • All-Time Series: Bearcats (4-3)

According to WynnBET, the Knights are favored by 1.5 points as they look to rebound from a loss at East Carolina last week. Even though both teams come in averaging more than 36 points per game, the over/under is set at 56 points prior to kick off.

My preseason predictions included a narrow loss at UCF but the Bearcats have enough to pull off an upset and extend the historic win streak. If they are able to avoid costly penalties and turnovers, I think Cincinnati will escape Orlando with a 30-27 win.

McClelland explained the importance of the rushing attack in a recent interview per Cincinnati Athletics.

"“I think it’s always important to have a good run game to help set up the pass. Offensive line has been blocking great. I just feel like we’ve found our groove and are playing good. Everyone is starting to find a groove and get settled in. It’s been pretty good. Just have to keep capitalizing every week trying to get better and do what I do. I feel like when you have success, it’s easier to keep that mentality. I’m always hungry and want more!”"

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