Lots of scoring in first half at Nippert

My prediction for the Cincinnati-Illinois game was 38-17 Bearcats.

The two teams got exactly that many points in the first half, as Cincinnati leads 35-20.

Tony Pike has already thrown for 245 yards and four touchdowns in the half, and we might have to start looking up school passing records the way this one is shaping up. You can see why Illinois is 3-7 with the way the Illini have defended. For some reason, they let tight end Ben Guidugli basically run free for most of the half; he already has six catches for 144 yards.

The Bearcats have gotten nothing at all going in the running game, as Isaiah Pead has lost six yards on his two attempts. But again, Illinois is making things way too easy in the passing game.

The only concern for Cincinnati is that its defense once again is a little shaky. If Juice Williams were a more accurate quarterback, this game would probably be much closer. After giving up 45 points two games ago to UConn and 20 points in the first half today, that Bearcats' defense officially is a reason for concern for the Pitt game.

But that's still another half away. And the second half should feature plenty more offensive fireworks.