Week 7 - Fordham at Cincinnati

Posted Oct 11, 2012

Week 7 Fearless Predictions - Fordham at Cincinnati

Fordham (4-2) at Cincinnati (4-0) Oct. 13, 7:00, ESPN3 Here's The Deal:Winners of its first four games to start the season, Cincinnati has helped give the Big East three ranked teams for the first time in three years. The Bearcats rang the Victory Bell early and often last Saturday, routing long-time rival Miami University, 52-14. They've already defeated Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, providing cautious optimism around the Queen City that Butch Jones' third team could win a Big East title. Cincy has two more non-conference games before traveling to Louisville for a key showdown with the Cardinals. Fordham was added late to the Bearcats' schedule, part of the fallout from TCU's decision to not join the conference. The Rams, best known for being Vince Lombardi's alma mater, have split their first two Patriot Conference games, losing to Lehigh before beating Georgetown in the Bronx last weekend. Why Fordham Might Win: To suggest that the host will have zero motivation for this game is a gross understatement. For the Rams, on the other hand, this trip is like a lottery ticket—plenty to gain, little at stake. Cincinnati has already stumbled through one FCS opponent, beating Delaware State by a ho-hum 23-7 count. Fordham will look for leadership from an offense that leads the league in scoring and yards. While Fordham will seek balance, it'll lean heavily on senior Carlton Koonce, who has already rushed for 812 times and scored seven times. Why Cincinnati Might Win: The Rams have had a rough time slowing down the likes of Cornell and Lehigh. The Bearcats will seem like the equivalent of an off-the-tracks locomotive. Cincinnati leads its league in scoring and total offense as well, which has far more meaning as a member of the Big East. It just got done slapping around Miami U. with more than 400 yards and six touchdowns. The athleticism emanating from the backfield in the form of QB Munchie Legaux and RB George Winn will be far too much for a Fordham that's literally and figuratively out of its league. What To Watch Out For: Since this is essentially a scrimmage with fans, Cincinnati will want to use it to tighten up some loose ends, such as the game. Legaux is still a little raw, trading the spectacular on one play with the erratic on the next one. A visit from Fordham will afford him a two or three-quarter opportunity to improve his chemistry with receivers Anthony McClung, Kenbrell Thompkins and Damon Julian before Brendon Kay takes over in mop-up duty. What Will Happen: Cincinnati will get to 5-0. Fordham will receive a healthy paycheck for making the midseason trip to Ohio. The Bearcats will roll unimpeded on offense, naming their score against an undermanned defense. This mismatch will be out of reach in the second, giving head coach Butch Jones an opportunity to build his team's depth. CFN Prediction: Cincinnati 59 … Fordham 10 ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) NL O/U: NL Must Watch Rating (5 – Argo, 1 – Pitch Perfect): 1