Lock Memphis as the College Football Pick for Tonight's ESPN Showdown Against Cincinnati

Troy West

Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:14 PM GMT

We are previewing the week 4 matchup between the road warrior Cincy Bearcats and the home town Memphis Tigers. Below we give a preview of the game along with a college football pick.

Just How Bad did Cincy Look on Road vs. Lowly Miami(OH)?
Final Score: Cincinnati 37, Miami University 33  1. With Gunner Kiel knocked out of the game, Hayden Moore overcame four turnovers with a one-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play to give Miami the win.  2. Ryan Smith caught two short touchdown passes for Miami and Sam Martin caught a 75-yard touchdown pass for the RedHawks, but it was Kaleb Patterson who gave them the lead on a 21-yard field goal.3. Andrew Gantz hit three field goals for the Bearcats from 42, 46 and 24 yards out.  We cannot critique enough how bad the Cincy defense was in this game. Just pitiful.  

 

The Rare Few that Shined for a Pathehic Cincy Squad
– Hayden Moore completed 7-of-14 passes for 118 yards with two picks, and ran 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown.  Mike Boone ran four times for 118 yards and a score.  Cincinnati had the ball for 36:32.  As you can see there is not much to say about Cincy last performance.  It is really bad when we have to mention time possession being one of the postiive things for the Bearcats. We are not expecting much from them come Thursday and expect a letdown spot.  

 

Memphis Survives in Tougher Road Test than Bearcats
In a wild game, Memphis got a 48-yard Tevin Jones touchdown catch and a Jake Elliott as part of ten unanswered points for the win. The defense didn’t come up with many stops, but it held on in the fourth quarter.  2. Matt Johnson threw four touchdown passes for Bowling Green with a 94-yarder and 62-yard play to Roger Lewis in the second half. Johnson also ran for a 23-yard score. 3. Memphis got three Paxton Lynch touchdown passes including a 60-yarder from Sam Craft, who also ran for a three-yard score.

 

These Guys Came Up Big for the Tigers
Paxton Lynch competed 29-of-40 passes for 386 yards and three scores, and ran seven times for 17 yards.  Tevin Jones caught three passes for 98 yards and a score.  Memphis had the ball for 36:41 and cranked up 541 yards.  We value the win over BG much more than the win Cincy pulled out against lowly Miami(OH). This should certaintly bode well on Thursday night for the home town Tigers.  

 

Preveiwing Bearcats/Tigers
Two of the American’s premier teams meet at the Liberty Bowl Thursday night with a chance to showcase their high-powered offenses to a national audience. Memphis, which won a share of the league crown in 2014, is right back atop the leaderboard again after three games. The Tigers are 3-0, with a flashy win over Bowling Green in the rear view mirror. Cincinnati, though, has been a slight disappointment in September. The preseason league favorite has already fallen to Temple, and needed to rally to beat Miami University last Saturday.

 

College Football Odds 
The College Football Odds seem to have jumped way up making Memphis a big favorite in this game. From the previous history of the two teams dated back to last week this is very justified. Expect a potential drop in the line as the public may believe the dog has a fighting chance in this game.  

 

The CFB Pick 
As Memphis rolls it’s amassing confidence and momentum. And that’s bad news for a Cincinnati team playing poorly and unsure about the health of its quarterback. With a rare chance to play in front of a wider lens, the Tigers are eager to make a statement. And they’ll achieve it by roughing up the one-time favorite in the American. Its clear we have given you enough information to make a sound College Football Pick on this game and we expect the hometown Tigers to shine bigtime against a pathethic Bearcat squad. Memphis 42  Cincy 24.  

College Football Pick: Memphis at 5Dimes

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