Game Prediction: SMU at # 5 Cincinnati

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The No.5 Cincinnati Bearcats (10-0) were eliminated recently for playing against bad teams, but that changes on Saturday when they face the SMU Mustangs (8-2). SMU is unranked but they are a quality opponent, and they give Cincinnati a chance to finally impress the college football playoff committee.

Of course, the danger is that if Cincinnati keeps fighting, the Mustangs are good enough to take them down and earn their own program-changing victory. It’s a huge opportunity for both teams, and we’ll find out soon enough who’s capable of it.

BRYAN RISKELL, EDITOR

Prediction: Cincinnati 34, SMU 27

Obviously, it would be good for Notre Dame if Cincinnati lost, but I’m not making that prediction this weekend. The committee didn’t show much respect for an undefeated Cincinnati team, so it looks like a one-loss Cincinnati team with the schedule they’ve played is going to struggle to rank ahead of a loss to one. Dame team despite their convincing head-to-head victory at South Bend.

The reason I’m not going with upset SMU is because the game isn’t the one Cincinnati has struggled with this season. The teams that have caused problems for Cincinnati this season are the ones that are balanced on offense, especially those that are good at handling football. SMU has a powerful passing attack, but his ground play is mediocre at best. The Mustangs have averaged just 128 rushing yards in their last six games.

The good news is that SMU rushed for 241 against UCF in a 55-28 victory last weekend, but UCF has allowed over 300 rushing yards twice this season and n It’s not a great defense against running.

If SMU can establish his ground play a bit, I might see him have a shot at removing the surprise and opening up some throwing play opportunities, but I need to see him before I can predict that will happen. On the flip side, Bearcat’s offense hasn’t been very good last month, but it compares well to SMU’s defense, which struggles to keep their opponents from throwing the ball.

VINCE DEDARIO, FOOTBALL ANALYST

Prediction: SMU 41, Cincinnati 35

Yet another opportunity for Cincinnati to make a statement or ruin their season. SMU has one of the most explosive passing offenses in the country and it will be a real test for the Bearcats. I think this game will be a shootout with potentially the last team to own the ball winning. If SMU can score early and put Cincinnati in a hole, how will the Bearcats react? Can they come back against a good attack? I think this one will trip them up so I call for anger!

ANDREW MCDONOUGH, IB CONTRIBUTOR

Prediction: SMU 31, Cincinnati 28

It seems like every week this season there has been an upheaval that has completely shocked the college football world, and this week Cincinnati will lose heartbreak to SMU – putting an end to the Bearcats’ hopes of becoming the group’s first team. of the five in college football playoffs.

These teams are more balanced on paper than most realize, with the Bearcats having the 54th most talented list and the Mustangs the 55th in the Talent Composite ranking of 247, and just a few weeks ago, SMU was 7-0. before two close defeats. . It should be a fun game, as SMU’s scoring offense and best passing offense in the United States faces off against the American’s highest-ranked scoring defense and passing defense.

This game will come down to a field goal, and that’s a problem for Cincinnati. The Bearcats turned to Alex Bales with main kicker Cole Smith struggling with a lingering injury, and Bales has only scored two field goals in his career. Even if Smith is capable of playing, he’s only 3-8 this season, including two misses against Notre Dame, so he’s far from a certainty. On the other hand, SMU trots senior Blake Mazza, who is 11-13 this season. In what numbers to be a close game, Mustang’s consistency and kicking experience will make the difference.

RYAN ROBERTS, RISENDRAFT

Prediction: SMU 31, Cincinnati 23

It is the week of upheavals. SMU sends the Bearcats to the loss column after a few sporadic performances.

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