By Marc Lawrence — OK, Cincinnati. Now do it again. The Bearcats don’t get a breather after routing then-No. 16 SMU, as potent Memphis comes for a visit. It’s the second of three consecutive tougher-than-you-think games: Houston is next week. Memphis’ 548.8 yards per game will be a challenge for any defense, even for one as strong as Cincinnati’s. In the Tigers’ five-game series winning streak, Memphis has scored 41, 53, 34, 34 and 29 points. If the Bearcats are serious about making a New Year’s Six Game – or something even bigger – it’s time to end the slide … And the games between Ohio State and Penn State have been close the last four years. The Nittany Lions did have almost 300 more yards than Indiana, but PSU had turnover issues, 10 penalties. Can Penn State figure out a way to pull the upset? … For a preview of the top games on today’s college football card click here.
Little did we know that before Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tested positive for the coronavirus (he’ll miss today’s game against Boston College) that his backup, true freshman D.J. Uiagalelei, would be starting for the Tigers. Uiagalelei has completed 12 of 19 passes for 102 yards and two rushing TDS in mop-up duty this season, and was the No. 2 overall quarterback recruit in the country for 2020.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is 38-7 SU and 28-13-4 ATS versus foes who allow 28.9 or more PPG, including 10-1 SUATS at home with a win percentage of .800 or greater. Texas is 3-11 versus the spread against avenging conference opponents. And while Texas head coach Tom Herman may be 16-6 ATS as a dog, he is just 4-5 ATS in the last nine.