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.
- 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
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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