Belk Bowl Preview
Thursday, December 27th
Belk Bowl - Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, NC 6:300 PM ET
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Duke Blue Devils (+7/60)
How Cincinnati got here
Cincinnati is one of a number of teams that will be playing a bowl without the coach that got it there. Butch Jones turned down an offer from Colorado amid speculation that he was staying with the Bearcats only to find out the next day he was heading to Tennessee. The Bearcats hired Tommy Tuberville away from Texas Tech but defensive line coach Steve Stripling will coach the team, as announced following Jones' departure. Cincinnati claimed a share of the Big East title with a 5-2 record and it is 9-3 overall with a chance to win 10 games for the fifth time in six years. All three losses were by a touchdown or less including a setback at home against Rutgers that ended the chance of an outright championship. Conversely, seven of the nine wins were by double-digits.
How Duke got here
Duke became bowl eligible in Week Eight of the season to head to the postseason for the first time since 1994. While that was a great accomplishment, the Blue Devils took the remainder of the season off as they lost their last four games albeit against some pretty strong competition. The good news is that Duke will have had a month to forget about that horrible ending and focus on its first bowl game in nearly two decades. The Blue Devils are excited about playing this game just over two hours from their campus and there will be two forms of motivation here. Duke will be out to avoid a losing season and not head into next year on a five-game losing streak while at the same time, win the programs first bowl game since 1960.
Duke has allowed an average of 49.5 ppg and 593.3 ypg during its four-game losing skid.
Cincinnati is buoyed by a strong rushing attack that was second in the Big East, averaging 199.8 ypg. The passing game was not nearly as efficient but a change at quarterback made that unit stronger down the stretch as Brendon Kay replaced Munchie Legaux with five games left. While the offense is not explosive, the Bearcats should have success against a Duke defense that is 104th overall and 103rd in scoring. The Blue Devils offense will have to perform at a high level to stay in this one and while they struggled down the stretch, rumor has it that some new wrinkles have been added for this game. Cincinnati is 41st in total defense but 12th in scoring defense thanks to an opportunistic defense that had 24 takeaways. Duke gave it up only 17 times though. The Bearcats allowed 17 points or less in each of their last four games and seven of 12 on the season.
Cincinnati is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games away from home after allowing 17 points or less in two straight games.
Duke went over the total in nine of its 11 games this season and is 7-0-1 to the over in its last eight games against teams with a winning record.
- San Francisco
- Larry Ness
- August 31, 2015 - 10:10 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ 134 San Francisco
The Giants have taken NINE of 12 meetings from the Dodgers this year...
My free play is on the SF Giants at 10:10 ET.
The first-place Dodgers got no-hit last night by Jake Arrieta (Cubs), after Mike Fiers (Astros) had no-hit them back on Aug 21. That makes them the first team to be no-hit twice in the same month since the 1971 Cincinnati Reds, as well as making them the first team in 92 years to be no-hit twice in that short a span. The Dodgers now look to bounce back against their bitter rivals, the San Francisco Giants. The 72-57 Dodgers have been in first place for most of the season but the Giants have refused to go away, never falling more than 5 1/2 games back. The 69-61 Giants open this three-game series just 3 1/2 behind in the NL West and should feel confident, as San Francisco has taken NINE of the 12 meetings between the two teams this year.
The Dodgers had their five-game winning streak snapped Sunday and will face Madison Bumgarner (16-6, 2.97 ERA) on Tuesday but NOT before drawing nemesis Jake Peavy, tonight. Injuries have limited Peavy to a modest 12 starts here in 2015 (4-6, 4.21 ERA / team is 6-6) but the vet is 14-3 with 2.30 ERA in 27 career starts against the Dodgers (teams are 18-9) and that includes a 6-0 record with a 2.51 ERA over his last 10 at Dodger Stadium. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will counter with lefty Brett Anderson, who is 8-8 with a 3.36 ERA over 25 starts here in 2015 (Dodgers are 13-12).
Facing a left-hander is typically good news for the Giants, who entered Sunday 18-12 against lefties in 2015. They did lose to Garcia and the Cards yesterday but note that Garcia came in having never allowed more than three ERs in any one of his 13 previous starts in 2015, including allowing two ERs or less 10 times. However, the Giants reached him for four runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings but still lost, 7-5. That said, the Giants showed again that they LIKE facing lefties. As for Anderson, they like him just fine. Yes, Anderson allowed one run over six innings of a 10-2 win at Los Angeles back on June 21 but that’s after he went 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in his first six career starts against San Francisco.
Taking a price with Peavy is too tempting too pass up!
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