This nonconference clash is about building. It is clear one team smells something good brewing and wants to continue in that direction and the betting odds show them as favorites to continue to.
The other squad is already 0-2 in conference action and could very well just be playing to have a winning season, which would be a disappointment based on preseason expectations.
It does seem fairly obvious Miami-Fl. is the better team in their matchup with Cincinnati, but do the Hurricanes have what it takes to move to 4-0 and 3-0-1 ATS, based on their recent history and having Florida State on deck? And what about the Bearcats, does Tommy Tuberville and his coaches have to reevaluate team goals having lost twice already in AAC action? These are all elements football handicappers and those generating college football picks have to ponder.
When Miami-Fl. Has the Ball
Miami was off last Saturday and has not played since nearly blowing game to Nebraska. The Hurricanes had a 23-point lead over the Cornhuskers with just over 11 minutes left in the game and the offense was clicking behind quarterback Brad Kaaya. The Canes took full advantage of a porous Nebraska secondary and will face one that also has holes Kaaya can expose. One area coach Al Golden might want to do is feed running backs Joseph Yearby and Mark Walton more, to keep the offense balanced and if needed, run the clock in the fourth quarter on the road, something they failed to do against Nebraska.
It is hard to imagine QB Hayden Moore stepped in for injured Gunner Kiel and threw the ball 53 times, completing 31, for 557 yards and four touchdowns and still lost. Yet Cincinnati did 53-46 and has to move on. Coach Tuberville has stated Kiel would not be ruled out as a starter but how he left the field in Memphis and being injured twice already, his playing seems foolhardy.
The Bearcats offense does great work in using crossing routes and has several receiving options in Max Morrison, Chris Moore and Shaq Washington. Cincy has been committing too many turnovers which has played into their 2-2 record and 1-3 ATS record.
The Miami defense did a fairly good job against Nebraska for three quarters in keeping the pressure on the quarterback. The defense likes to play up the field, but will run out of assignment lanes and be undisciplined, something that has been a part of the Golden era. If this happens at Nippert Stadium, it will the fourth quarter of the last game for all 60 minutes.