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CFB Saturday Rutgers Scarlett Knights at Cincinnati Bearcats: Start Time, Spread, Free Pick


Big East football and we will see the Rutgers Scarlett Knights travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats. The game is scheduled for a 12:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on the Big East Network. Currently the odds for the game have Cincinnati favored by 6 points, while the total sits at 48. Check out Sportsbook Spy to find out what side the Public is taking on all today's games.

Free Analysis: Rutgers has not played in a Big East contest since a 35-10 win at Temple on Oct. 20. That win pushed the Scarlet Knights to 4-0 in Big East play and with Louisville's loss to Syracuse this past weekend, the Scarlet Knights are in sole possession of first place in the conference. In the time away from Big East action Rutgers did suffer its first loss of the year (35-23 vs Kent State) but rebounded with a 28-7 victory over Army last weekend. Rutgers was outgained by Army, 337-252, but the Scarlet Knights' run defense held its own, limiting the country's No. 1 rushing attack 84 yards below its season average. The unit ranks among the top 20 nationally and is second in the Big East, allowing 110.0 rushing yards per game, and Army's rushing touchdown in the first quarter was only the fifth allowed all season by Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights - fifth in the country yielding 13.4 points per game. Offense has not been a strength for Rutgers this season. The Scarlet Knights are ranked sixth in the Big East in total offense (347.6 ypg). The two teams Rutgers is ahead of in the category are Temple and Connecticut, who are a combined 3-8 in league play this season. The Scarlet Knights also struggle to score (25.3 ppg) with the lowest red zone conversion rate in the conference (77.8 percent). The consistent force on offense has been running back Jawan Jamison, who has rushed for 953 yards and four touchdowns on 214 carries. That is more than twice as many carries as the rest of the team combined. Stability in the passing game has been a less attainable goal. Although there has been no question as to who the starter is, with Gary Nova accounting for 264 of the team's 266 total pass attempts, production has been an issue. Nova has completed a healthy 61.4 percent of his passes and has 18 touchdown passes but his yardage total (1,939) is the third worst among quarterbacks in the Big East with at least 150 pass attempts.

Cincinnati is still very much in the running for the Big East crown with a record of 3-1 against league foes this season. Cincinnati won its second straight game in league play and overall this past weekend with an easy 34-10 road win over Temple. The win pushed Cincinnati to 7-2 overall. This season Cincinnati has been invincible at home with a perfect 5-0 mark at Nippert Stadium. Matching up with Rutgers' punishing defense is the explosive offense of Cincinnati. The Bearcats are the Big East leaders in points per game (34.2) and are nearly at the top in terms of total offensive production (455.6 ypg) where they rank second behind Syracuse. Cincinnati's offense can strike with rapid speed at any time as the Bearcats have the most plays in the Big East of more than 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 yards. The Bearcats' 226.8 rushing yards and 34.2 points per game both lead the conference, which they've won at least a share of three of the last four seasons. George Winn, the Big East's leading rusher at 108.9 yards a game, ran for 83 yards and two TDs on 20 carries in their 34-10 win at Temple last Saturday, but senior quarterback Brendon Kay stole the spotlight. In his first collegiate start, Kay was 13 of 21 for 244 yards and two scores, also running for 71 yards on seven carries. Cincinnati decided to make a change after Munchie Legaux threw six interceptions in the Bearcats' previous three games. On defense Cincinnati does not allow teams to sustain drives on a regular basis or score at a high rate from in the red zone. The Bearcats are the second best team in the conference on third down (36.7 percent), while ranking at the same spot in opponents' red zone success rate (75.0 percent). Thanks to the strong play in the red zone, Cincinnati is allowing only 18.8 points per game.

Free Pick: I like the Bearcats in this one. Rutgers started off the year with 7 straight wins, but then had a loss to Kent State and that ended the perfect season hopes. Rutgers did beat army 28-7 in their next game but were still outgained in that game, team so they really aren’t playing all that well at the moment. They will be taking on a Cincy team that is a perfect 5-0 at home this year and they have outscored those opponents by 20.7 ppg. The Bearcats are playing really well right now, they are at home and should win this one by at least 10 points. 

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