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Cincinnati Bearcats vs Louisville Cardinals 12/17/2022 Picks, Tips And Previews

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Louisville Cardinals 12/17/2022 Picks, Tips And Previews

The Wasabi Fenway Bowl between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Louisville Cardinals will be at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on Saturday at 11:00 AM (EDT). Coach Satterfield is taking over for the Bearcats, but he will not be involved in coaching against his former team on Saturday. Cornerbacks and special teams Kerry Coombs is the interim coach for this Bowl matchup; he is trying to help Cincinnati win 10-plus games for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Several assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Mike Tressel, who is following Fickell to Wisconsin, are absent. The Bearcats had some players opt out of this game as well, including wide receiver Tre Tucker and tight end Josh Whyle.

Quarterback Ben Bryant led Cincinnati’s offense, but was injured late in the year to end his season. Sophomore Evan Prater took over the signal-caller assignment; he completed 53.8% of his passes for 340 yards and a pick. Senior RB Charles McClelland leads the rushing attack with 140 carries for 834 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Tucker was the team’s second-leading WR and Why was the team’s fourth-leading target in the passing game.

  • The Cincinnati Bearcats are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 matches with the Cardinals.
  • Cincinnati is 5-11 SU in their last 16 games against Louisville.
  • The Bearcats are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the ACC.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Louisville Cardinals 12/17/2022 Picks, Tips And Previews

Meanwhile, the Louisville Cardinals head coach Scott Satterfield left the program to take over at Cincinnati following Luke Fickell’s departure, which is intriguing playing against his former team. Director of player development Deion Branch, who was a former Cardinals star and NFL receiver, was named Louisville’s interim coach for this contest. The Cardinals got Jeff Brohm away from the Purdue Boilermakers, but he will not be involved this week. The team will miss star quarterback Malik Cunningham, who opted out of the game to prepare for the NFL Draft. 

The Cardinals have lost 4 of their last 6 road matches. Malik Cunningham completed 62.4% of his passes for 1,568 yards, 8 touchdowns and 5 picks. WRs Tyler Hudson and Marshon Ford combined for 1,455 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns while Ahmari Huggins-Bruce has 30 receptions. Louisville’s ground game averages 193.8 yards per match and Jawhar Jordan leads the way with 700 yards and 2 touchdowns. Louisville’s defense is allowing 20.2 points and 347.6 yards per game. Momo Sanogo leads the Louisville Cardinals with 86 tackles, Yasir Abdullah has 8 sacks and Quincy Riley has 3 interceptions.

  • The total went OVER in 4 of Louisville’s last 6 matches with the Bearcats.
  • Louisville is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games against an opponent in the AAC.
  • The total stayed UNDER in 4 of Louisville’s last 5 games played on a Saturday.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Louisville Cardinals. The NCAAF pick for this game is the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Cardinals are getting respect here. The Cincinnati Bearcats are the better team over the Cats. Also, Cincinnati has a solid defense that will do the damage against a mediocre Louisville offense that struggles to throw the ball. Cincinnati is the tougher, more balanced team predicted to win at 24-20.

NCAAF Starting Time: 11:00 AM (EDT)

Location: Fenway Park, MA

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022


NCAAF Odds: Cincinnati Bearcats +2

NCAAF Totals: 39

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