- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cincinnati (5-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) at No. 18 Houston (8-0, 4-0 AAC), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Houston by 8

Series Record: Houston leads 13-10

WHAT’S AT STAKE

With a victory, Houston will remain undefeated and keep its hopes of a New Year’s Day bowl alive heading into the Nov. 14 matchup against Memphis. The Cougars were ranked 25th in the first College Football Playoff poll Tuesday. With a win, Cincinnati will become bowl eligible and remain in the hunt for the AAC East championship.

KEY MATCHUP

Cincinnati’s passing game against the Houston secondary. Bearcats QB Gunner Kiel is coming off a record-setting day against Central Florida where he was 15 of 15 for 319 yards and five touchdowns. It was the most completions without an incompletion in the last 20 years. Kiel has completed 82 percent of his passes for 646 yards and seven touchdowns in his last two games. Houston has intercepted 12 passes as a team, with cornerbacks Adrian McDonald and William Jackson III leading the team with four and three, respectively. Jackson also is third in the nation with 17 passes defended. Houston as a unit allows 236 yards per game through the air.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Cincinnati: WR Shaq Washington. With eight catches Saturday against UCF, Washington set the Cincinnati school record for receptions with 205. He also had his first career two touchdown game. The senior leads Cincinnati with 55 receptions for 645 yards and four touchdowns

Houston: RB Kenneth Farrow. Farrow has rushed for 751 yards and nine touchdowns so far this season. The senior moved into second in school history with 31 career touchdowns against Vanderbilt Saturday and has all nine of his rushing scores over his last five games.

FACTS & FIGURES

Cincinnati has won the last five games in this series, including the last two by seven points each. … Houston has won six games by 21 points or more this season, tied with Baylor for most by an FBS team this season. … Houston’s Elandon Roberts leads the nation with 7.9 tackles a game… The Cougars lead the nations with a plus-15 turnover margin, with 22 turnovers created against only seven given up. … Cincinnati has lost six straight against a ranked opponent. The Bearcats’ last win over a ranked team was a 45-44 victory over then-No. 15 Pittsburgh Dec. 5, 2009.

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