Cincinnati Bearcats vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
The Cincinnati Bearcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels face off on Saturday in the Belk Bowl. The Tar Heels are -2 point favorites over the Bearcats with an over/under point total set at 57.
The Cincinnati Bearcats quietly went 9-3 and despite the impressive record some of the losses were tough to swallow. UC was belted by Illinois early in the year, lost to South Florida who were one of the worst teams in the Nation, and then let one get away that they looked to have won against rival Louisville to close out the season. Brendon Kay three for over 3,100 yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Hosey Williams has 609 rushing yards and four touchdowns and Ralph Abernathy has 451 yards on the ground. Shaq Washington has 75 receptions, Anthony McClung has 68 receptions and five touchdowns, and Chris Moore has 43 receptions and nine touchdowns. Greg Blair has 96 tackles, Nick Temple has 73 tackles, and Silverberry Mouhon has 9.5 sacks. Cincinnati averages 33.3 points and they hold their opponents to just 19.5 points per game. Tommy Tubberville has had a solid first year in Cincinnati but there is still room for improvement.
The North Carolina Tar heels got off to a tough start to the season but then they had a run where they reeled off five wins to become bowl eligible. North Carolina had leads in several of their early games but were unable to close the games out. Bryn Renner is out for this one so it will be all Marquise Williams who has 14 touchdown passes and six interceptions and he has rushed for 490 yards and six tpuchdowns. T.J. Logan has rushed for 456 yards and four touchdowns. Eric Ebron is the premier tight end in the nation and should be among the top picks in the NFL Draft and he has 55 receptions and Quinshad Davis has 47 receptions and 10 touchdowns. Tre Boston leads the UNC defense with 85 tackles, Jeff Schoettmer has 84 tackles, and Kareem martin has 78 tackles and 11 sacks. North Carolina is averaging 32.2 points and their opponents are scoring 25.1 points per game. North Carolina lost their final game of the season to Duke in a game they led early.
Cincinnati is 5-1 against the spread following a loss, 4-0 against the spread in their last four neutral site games, and 14-5 against the spread in their last 19 non-conference games. North Carolina is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games and 9-3 against the spread following a loss.
The total in this game is at 57 and keeps going higher and for good reason; my play here is on the over