Sean Murphy Temple vs Cincinnati NCAAF Free Pick
Start Time: October 08 2021, 7:00 PM
We haven’t faded Temple since back in Week 1 against Rutgers (a game the Owls lost 61-14) but I won’t hesitate to go back to the well here as it faces red hot Cincinnati on Friday night at Nippert Stadium.
The Bearcats are in an obvious letdown spot as they return home on a short week off a massive win over Notre Dame in South Bend. Instead of a letdown, though, I look for them to relish the opportunity to show out in front of a national audience once again as they take a big step down in class after road games against Indiana and the aforementioned Irish.
As I’ve noted in previous plays supporting Cincinnati this season, this is a team that’s absolutely loaded on both sides of the football and certainly worth of CFP consideration as the season goes on.
We’ve already seen the Bearcats win their first two home games by identical 35-point margins this season and while Temple looks like a tougher test at 3-2, keep in mind the Owls victories have come against the likes of Akron, Wagner and Memphis.
Last week, Memphis jumped ahead 17-0 early and appeared to have the game well in hand but got caught flat-footed as the Owls took advantage of a leaky Tigers defense to get back in the contest and eventually win by a field goal.
Temple won’t be so fortunate here. Look for the Bearcats to race ahead and never let up. This lofty point spread should look pretty short by the time halftime rolls around.
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