|Cincinnati RB George Winn is quietly having a big year for the Bearcats. (US Presswire)|
Kickoff: Friday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Spread: Cincinnati by 13
Watchability: By the time this game starts, you'll probably have awakened from your turkey coma, so you may not be cuddling up with a blanket for this one.
Shining stars: South Florida -- RB Demetris Murray. The Bulls are beyond thin offensively, with two of their best playmakers (B.J. Daniels and Lindsey Lamar) out with injuries. But Murray has been decent this season, and he recorded his first 100-yard game last week against Miami. Sure USF lost 40-9, but Murray was at least somewhat effective, averaging better than six yards per carry. Cincinnati -- RB George Winn. With the quarterback position in constant flux, Winn has proven himself to be a very capable back. After the departure of Isaiah Pead, many thought Cincy would be forced to rely on its passing game. Not so, as Winn has gone over a thousand yards this season as a senior.
Who could steal the show: South Florida -- QB Matt Floyd. Why not? The freshman will likely be forced to chuck it around Friday night, so why can't he have a big game? He was serviceable against Miami in his first real action of the season, so he should have the jitters out of his system. Cincinnati -- LB Greg Blair. The senior -- who will be playing his last game as a Bearcat -- has been a tackling machine. Blair has recorded 10 stops or more in four of his last five games.
You going? Ranking the road trip: Night games at Nippert Stadium always have a certain charm. Especially this one, the final home game for 24 seniors.
Magic number for South Florida: 23. The Bulls average 23 points per game this season, and in eight of 10 games they have allowed 23 or more points. They've allowed 30 or more points six times.
Magic number for Cincinnati: 28. Senior tight end Travis Kelce leads the Bearcats in catches and yards (472). The Bearcats have longed for a productive tight end -- they spanned 1,051 days without a 100-yard game from a TE -- and Kelce looks to be filling that role.
The game comes down to: Limiting mistakes. The Bearcats don't often turn the ball over, and USF isn't one to take the ball away. If the Bearcats play solid and prevent mistakes, they should win with ease.
Prediction: Cincinnati 41, South Florida 13
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