Looks Like Weather Could Be Factor in Belk Bowl
As the college football bowl season rolls along, there are games that look like blowouts on paper like the Belk Bowl on December 27 between the 6-6 Duke Blue Devils and the 9-3 Cincinnati Bearcats at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time in Charlotte, N.C. Duke is making their first bowl appearance in 18 years while Cincinnati is in transition after a coaching change. I do think on what is expected to be a windy night in Charlotte that one team should have a large advantage.
Duke can throw the ball around very well and has scored over 30 points seven times this season while averaging over 31 points per game but faces a Cincinnati defense that is only allowing 17 points a game. Duke has to be able to throw the ball effectively to have any chance in this game and with the possible wind that could be hard to do. Cincinnati is a quick-strike offense that has scored seven times this season on drives of under a minute. If the Bearcats can do that again, it could be a bad night for the home-state Blue Devils.
I think the weather does get involved in this game and that favors Cincinnati and their more balanced offense that can run the ball well. I don’t think Duke will be effective passing the ball and that leads me to believe that Cincinnati takes home a 24-13 victory. The nerves will get to Duke in the biggest game for the program in two decades. It will be a great game to watch though for fans at home and in Charlotte.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.
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