Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cincinnati-Southern Miss

the Bowl
Saturday, December 22nd, 1:00pm
Birmingham, Alabama
(9-3)_____Big East____298.97
Southern Miss
(7-5)_____Conf USA____53.31
WeekOpponentoPtsRes, ScoreWeekOpponentoPtsRes, Score
10@ South Florida316.42W, 38-333@ East Carolina89.72W, 28-21
11Connecticut232.43W, 27-313Arkansas State-63.38W, 16-10
2Oregon State209.72W, 34-312@ Texas-El Paso-110.58W, 56-30
6@ Rutgers146.23W, 28-238@ Marshall-158.83W, 33-24
3@ Miami (Ohio)-62.84W, 47-1010@ Alabama-Birmingham-232.53W, 37-7
5@ San Diego State-84.17W, 52-237Southern Methodist-292.91W, 28-7
13@ Syracuse-156.53W, 52-311Tennessee-Martin-W, 35-13
4Marshall-158.83W, 40-142@ Tennessee349.37L, 19-39
1Southeast Missouri State-W, 59-39Central Florida266.42L, 17-34
12West Virginia364.93L, 23-285@ Boise State229.42L, 16-38
7Louisville106.21L, 24-2811Memphis21.53L, 26-29
8@ Pittsburgh76.94L, 17-246Rice-221.20L, 29-31

The Bearcats have the clear edge in this game - better record, a lot of quality wins, no real bad losses.

Cincinnati had a drop-off in the middle of the season but has since rebounded. Southern Miss has worked their way back up from the red too, but they're much more stop and go.

Intangibles: Southern Miss is the opposite of interim'd for this game - it's Jeff Bower's last one, and you can bet he's going to do everything in his power to show the school's administration what a huge mistake they made in forcing him to resign.

The Line: Southern Miss +11.5

The Story: Cincinnati's skills vs Southern Miss's heart

The Call: Cincinnati wins, but Southern Miss covers the spread

The Result: Cincinnati 31-21 = Right on the money.

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