Quarterback Gunner Kiel aggravated his rib injury in his last
start, allowing backup Munchie Legaux to give Cincinnati the
emotional boost that has helped the team rebound from an ugly
losing streak. Kiel is expected to resume his normal duties
Friday as the Bearcats attempt to get a rare win at Tulane.
Legaux scored on a second-half touchdown run in Cincinnati’s
34-17 victory over South Florida, putting an exclamation mark
on his return from a career-threatening knee injury last
“He put a long year of rehab in, something most of us wouldn’t
have (gone) through. This was his moment,” Bearcats coach Tommy
Tuberville told reporters about Legaux, who finished 14-for-15
for 121 yards in relief of Kiel. After dropping three straight
by an average of 23.3 points, Cincinnati has outscored Southern
Methodist and South Florida by a combined 55 points, but is
only 3-11 all-time against the Green Wave. Tulane has not
played since Oct. 18, when it was stopped on fourth down on two
potential game-tying drives in the fourth quarter of a 20-13
loss at Central Florida.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE: Cincinnati -3.5
LINE HISTORY: Tulane opened at +4, but within
hours is was down to +3.5. Then late Wednesday night the line
moved to it’s original 4 before moving to +4.5 Thursday. The
total has been more tame after opening at 57, it jumped one
point to 58.
INJURY REPORT: Cincinnati – QB Gunner Kiel
(Prob-Ribs), S Adrian Witty (Ques-Leg) Tulane
– QB Tanner Lee (Prob-Shoulder), LB Jarrod Franklin
WEATHER REPORT: Clear skies and comfortable
temperatures are expected in New Orleans with winds blowing to
the north at 12 mph.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Both teams have
injuries at quarterback, however both starters are listed as
probable and expected to play in this game. Cincinnati
holds a substantial offense edge, averaging 34 points per game
and 6.4 yards per play this season, while Tulane averages only
19 points and 5.0 yards per play. However, the Green Wave
does have the much better defense as they permit just 28 ppg
and 5.4 yards per play, compared to a poor Cincinnati stop unit
that is allowing 32 points per game and 6.5 yards per play this
season. The scheduling situation also favors Tulane as a
home underdog coming off a bye week with extra time to prepare.
However, if Tulane gets behind early, they might have
trouble catching up with a terrible passing offense that is
averaging a paltry 5.5 yards per pass this season (versus
opponents that allow 7.3 ypp).” – Covers Expert Steve Merril
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “It will be a rough night
for the shop if Cincinnati covers, as both sharp bettors &
a heavy majority of the betting public (88 percent of cash, 91
percent of bets) are backing the Bearcats. Cincinnati opened
-3.5 and on Tuesday, got sharp action on the favorite, so moved
Cincy to -4.5. Earlier Thursday we saw more sharps on Cincy, so
moved them to current number of -6.5.” – Mike Jerome of
ABOUT CINCINNATI (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS, 3-4 O/U):
Linebacker Marcus Tappan was suspended indefinitely following a
Sunday morning arrest for breaking and entering, continuing a
troubling off-field pattern for the Bearcats. Quarterback
Jarred Evans was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge last
week and four Cincinnati players were arrested, cited or found
with outstanding warrants last month when police responded to a
party where gunshots were fired. Freshman Mike Boone ran 19
times for 212 yards and a touchdown last week, the first
200-yard game by a Bearcats running back in four years.
ABOUT TULANE (2-5 SU, 3-4 ATS, 4-3 O/U):
Cincinnati’s 12th-ranked passing offense figures to receive a
stiff test from the Green Wave, who have allowed only one
opponent to throw for more than 213 yards after surrendering
438 in a season-opening loss at Tulsa. Freshman running back
Sherman Badie sports the 17th-best yard-per-carry average in
the nation (6.61) and is only the second player in the 120-year
history of Tulane football to record three runs of at least 70
yards. Cornerback Lorenzo Doss has 14 career interceptions, one
shy of setting the school record.
*Bearcats are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
*Green Wave are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games in October.
*Under is 4-1 in Bearcats last 5 conference games.
*Under is 8-2-1 in Green Wave last 11 games following a S.U.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 78.12 percent of Covers
users are backing the Bearcats -4.5 with 50.6 percent on the