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How and what to watch for Memphis vs. No. 7 Cincinnati

Have the Bearcats finally figured out their issues on offense?

Memphis Tigers quarterback Brady White throws a touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The undefeated No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats look to stay perfect as they welcome the 3-1 Memphis Tigers and a high-powered offense to Nippert Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Cincinnati played its best game last time out, dispatching then-ranked No. 16 SMU easily 42-13. The Bearcats defense held an extremely good offense to just three points in the second half. Defense has always been the team’s calling card, allowing just 12.5 points per game this season. But last week they finally figured out how to score points. Quarterback Desmond Ridder lead a rushing attack that went for five touchdowns and 313 yards. Running back Gerrid Doaks had 105 of those yards and two of the scores. However a concern still remains with Ridder’s passing ability, as he’s averaging under 200 yards per game and has four picks.

Memphis is the exact opposite of the Bearcats. The team’s offense is one of the best in the nation, averaging 548 yards per game. But the defense gives up 567 yards each game on average. Quarterback Brady White has 1375 yards, 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season. RB Rodrigues Clark has just one score, but close to 450 yards on the ground through just four games. Though last time out the defense improved, holding Temple to just 29 points and forced four turnovers in the process.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Memphis vs. No. 7 Cincinnati on Saturday, October 31st at 12:00 p.m. ET on the ESPN Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Memphis vs Cincinnati (-7)
Point Total: 57
Money line: Memphis (+200),Cincinnati (-250)

  • Memphis is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games
  • Memphis is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 against Cincinnati
  • The total has gone under in nine of the Bearcats last 10 games
  • Cincinnati is 5-2 ATS in its last seven

The Best Bet

This is a real tricky one, as it’s good-on-good with the Memphis offense taking on the Bearcats elite defense. The Tigers will be able to score points, and Cinci should too against a weak Memphis defense. But I don’t know if it’ll be enough to get to 56.

Pick: Under 57

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