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No. 21 Tulane vs. No. 25 Cincinnati November 25 Betting Preview
One of the biggest American Athletic Conference matchups this year is happening between the No. 25 Cincinnati Bearcats and No. 21 Tulane Green Wave on Friday afternoon at Nippert Stadium.
Both teams are 9-2 in the conference and looking to get into a New Year’s Six Bowl by being the highest-ranked team in group of five.
Cincinnati is on a three-game win streak, with their last loss coming to UCF on October 29th by a score of 25-21. Since then, they have taken care of Navy, East Carolina, and Temple. In their last game against the Owls, the defense held Temple to only three points in the whole game, which included a scoreless second half.
Tulane, on the other hand, is only on a one game winning streak, with their loss two weeks ago coming against UCF as well. UCF sustained key losses to East Carolina and Navy, which has hurt their chances in the conference. In Tulane’s last game, they demolished SMU at home by a score of 59-24.
Let’s look ahead at this American Athletic Conference marquee matchup between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Tulane Green Wave.
Cincinnati is a two-point favorite at home, which could prove to be a huge advantage between two teams with very similar resumes. The odds at -2.5 for Cincinnati is (-110).
The odds for Tulane to cover the 2.5-point spread is set at (-110). For the moneyline, the Bearcats have odds of (-125), and the Green Wave have odds of (+102) to win the game outright.
Keys To The Game
There is a lot at stake in this game because the winner will host the American Athletic Conference championship and have a huge upper hand on their opponent. Winning this game is the only sure way for these two teams to get a spot in the championship game. The loser will be hoping for other outcomes for a shot at making the championship.
The key to the game for Cincinnati is going to be the quarterback position in general. It is tough to tell as of right now whether Ben Bryant or Evan Prater will get the start due to Bryant’s foot injury that he sustained last game, but either one needs to come to play to lead Cincinnati to victory.
On the season, Bryant is completing 61% of his passes with 21 touchdowns in 11 games. Prater is completing 72% of his passes but has only thrown the ball 25 times.
Michael Pratt’s dual-threat ability is going to make him a nightmare for the Cincinnati defense to contain. He is completing 65% of his passes on the year with 20 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
He also averages 3.2 yards per carry while adding nine touchdowns on the ground this season. He will need to play well in the hostile environment of Nippert Stadium if he wants to pull off the upset.
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