This has the makings of a high-scoring affair as the Miami Hurricanes (3-0) play the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-2). The ACC’s third-leading passer, Brad Kaaya (839 yards, 5 TDs), will be key to the outcome of this contest. It starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct 1 and will air on ESPN.
Cincinnati was defeated by Memphis 53-46 last week. Hayden Moore had an outstanding performance passing the ball in the loss, completing 31 of 53 passes for 557 yards, four TDs and two interceptions. Max Morrison also had a big game with 162 receiving yards and two TDs on nine receptions. Miami (FL) is hoping for another victory like its last game, when it won a close one over Nebraska 36-33. Rashawn Scott had a big game for the Hurricanes, registering nine receptions for 151 yards. Brad Kaaya had a big game as well, totaling 379 yards and two TDs through the air.
The Bearcats, a five-point underdog, will be looking to defend their home field when Miami (FL) comes to town.
Heading into Week 5 of the college football season, the Bearcats are 2-2 Straight Up (SU) and 1-3 Against The Spread (ATS). A major reason for success this season is the Cincinnati passing game, where they average 14.2 yards per pass. Transitioning to the Cincinnati defense, there are a few things to keep in mind when it is on the field. When it comes to defending the pass, Cincinnati is one of the best in the country, only giving up a completion percentage of 52.6%. Cincinnati can top most teams in terms of time of possession. The Bearcats have an average time of possession of 33:00 per game for 25th-highest in the nation.
On the other side, the Hurricanes have 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS records this season. Miami (FL) could plan on tossing the ball frequently. The Bearcats defense is usually ineffective at containing the pass, giving up 14.2 yards per pass. Switching gears to the Miami (FL) defense, it has some favorable matchups that it may be able to take advantage of as well. The Hurricanes are the best in the nation at preventing their opponents’ passing attack, allowing a completion rate of only 48.9%. The Bearcats will need to secure the ball against the turnover-minded Hurricanes. The defense ranks third in the country in turnovers with 3.3 per game. There is no feeling-out process to start a game for the Hurricanes, who average 12.7 points in the first quarter.
Predictions: SU Winner – Miami, ATS Winner – Miami
Miami is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami’s last 9 games.
Miami is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games on the road.
Miami is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games at home.
Miami (FL) is 3-0 SU when leading at the start of the 4th quarter this season. Cincinnati is 1-1 SU when leading at the end of the third quarter.
Nationally, the Cincinnati passing attack is ranked second, while the Miami (FL) pass defense is only ranked 24th. The Hurricanes passing game is ranked 27th, compared to the 69th-ranked pass defense of the Bearcats.
Miami (FL) has given up 17.7 points per game this year, which is ranked only 52nd in the country. Cincinnati has scored 40.2 points per game this year and is ranked 17th overall.
The National League East is a two-team race between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals. The Mets made a number of trades to improve their offense before the trading deadline and now have enough offense to go along with their excellent pitching. The Nationals didn’t do much at the trading deadline other than getting closer Jonathan Papelbon who they really didn’t need. The Mets and Nationals are now co-favorite picks to win the NL East heading into the final third of the season while the Atlanta Braves are longshots. The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies are out of contention. Here is a look at the NL East race and NL East odds.
2015 MLB Pick Odds to Win NL East
New York Mets -125
Washington Nationals -125
Atlanta Braves 100-1
Miami Marlins 500-1
Philadelphia Phillies 500-1
Mets or Nationals which MLB Team To Pick?
It was thought that the Washington Nationals would run away with the National League East this season. They were heavily favored before the season began and for a while they were the clear top choice to win the division. That is no longer the case as the Nationals haven’t played well recently while the Mets have surged into first place.
The Mets have a dominating pitching staff that is second in the MLB in ERA, allowing just 3.2 runs per game. They have a feared trio of starters in Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard and an excellent closer in Jeurys Familia. The offensive numbers overall for the Mets are poor as they score just 3.7 runs per game but the offense has been much better in the past couple of weeks since the team added Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. The Mets also have David Wright on a rehab assignment and he may contribute before the season is over.
The Nationals simply don’t have good chemistry and it didn’t get any better when the team traded for closer Jonathan Papelbon from the Phillies. The bullpen was not the problem for the teams as Drew Storen had been excellent in the closers role. The problems for this team go deeper than the players as general manager Mike Rizzo has made some strange moves and manager Matt Williams continues to make bonehead moves. The Nationals are scoring 4.2 runs per game and allowing 3.6 per contest.
No Other Contenders to Pick?
The Braves, Marlins and Phillies are all looking to next season. Atlanta was a nice story early in the season as they played better than expected but this team was not expected to contend as they are building for the future. The team has traded away most of their top players as they look to next season and beyond. The Marlins were expected to contend this season but they didn’t play well early in the season and an injury to slugger Giancarlo Stanton ended their hopes. The Phillies have not been a contender for years and they did nothing to build for the future other than trade away closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Gaming seems to be pretty popular thing right now, and there are more and more young people playing video games. It seems as if video games have never been so popular, and the people playing them are good, and some of them are really, really good. As the old saying goes „If you’re good at something never do it for free“, some of these people realized that they could make some money out of it, and so they became professional gamers. But, how does one become a gamer? Well, just stick to us and read this article and everything will become a lot clearer to you. So, let’s begin.
Step 1 – Find your genre
First of all, you need to find a game genre that you’re good at. Some people like shooting games, some like sports games, other like strategy games, etc. Whatever your taste may be, you need to find a genre that fits you perfectly and excel in it.
Step 2 – Train, train, train
You can never accomplish anything without training, and such is the case here. In order for you to be good at gaming, you’ll need to spend a lot of time playing video games. Also, you should keep in mind that this is not completely healthy, so remember to leave the house every now and then.
Step 3 – Observe others
In order for you to know how to act and how to behave as a professional gamer, you’ll need to observe others and act like them. No one likes people who like to show off that much, and so, the best thing would be to learn by observing and to mimic these already established gamers.
Step 4 – Find an agent
This may sound a bit weird, but these professional gamers are like movie starts to people who like video games. That is why, like the movie starts, you’ll need to have an agent, and finding one is never easy. You should start hitting the places where all the well known players hang out and play video games, and hope to be discovered by one of these agents. Or, you could go to these agents, and explain to them why you thing you’ll be the next big thing, Whatever the way of tracking your agents may be, you need to realize that nowadays, and agent is a must-have.
Step 5 – Be down to Earth
So, if you make it in the world of professional gaming, just like the professional sportsmen, you’ll be a role models to some younger generations. They will look up to you, and that is why it’s really important to be down to Earth. A lot of kids would want to be just like you when they grow up, so do not let them down. This might result them in losing their faith in you, and the entire gaming industry, for that matter. So, don’t keep your head up in the clouds, and everything should turn out all right for you, for the gaming community, and all the young kids that look up to you.