Aug 31, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Jeremy Graves (17) and safety Andre Jones (29) run down field during a kickoff in a game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Cincinnati By The Numbers

The Illinois Fighting Illini started the season off with a victory but the road ahead looks like it could be a bumpy one.  The Illini play the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday and looking at what they did against Purdue the previous week, it could be a tough one.  We will take a look at the numbers for Illinois versus Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Quick Notes:

  • 1-0 all-time versus Illinois
  • Finished 2012: 10-3 (5-2)
  • Played against two ranked teams in 2012 and lost both by an average of 5 points.

    Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

  • Last win versus Illinois came in 2009 while ranked number 5 in the nation.  The score was 49-36.

Good News Bearcats:

  • Returning starting Quarterback Munchie Legaux is a duel threat quarterback that can find the middle of the field.  In the first game against Purdue, Legaux racked up 200 total yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • Cincinnati has won the Big East 2 out of the last 4 seasons.
  • Entering the new conference, the AAC, Cincinnati is projected to finish in the top 3 in 2013.
  • Cincinnati is in the top 30 in all defensive statistics in the nation.

Bad News Bearcats:

  • Cincinnati has not set a permanent starting quarterback says coach Tommy Tuberville.
  • 3 turnovers against Purdue in the first game of the season.
  • Cincinnati is 58th in the nation in total yards on offense.

Key Stats For Illinois vs. Cincinnati

  • Time of Possession: Illinois 29:12  vs.  Cincinnati 33:48
  • 3rd Down Efficiency:  Illinois 42.8%  vs.  Cincinnati 60%
  • Points Per Game:  Illinois 42  vs.  Cincinnati 42

Sure Money:

Cincinnati has covered  the spread in their last 4 games.  The current spread for this game is Illinois +8 at home.  This one is asking for the road team to not live up to their expectations.  Cincinnati is coming off of a great game against Purdue and may not be expecting an Illinois team to come to play.  I would take Illinois +8 but with 3 drips of sweat out of 5.  It makes me nervous but not 5 drips nervous.

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