If didn’t know before college football betting enthusiasts, the Cincinnati Bearcats have a football program that is clearly on the rise as they head into Year 3 under head coach Luke Fickell. You see, after posting an uninspiring 4-8 mark two seasons ago, the Bearcats made a big leap to 11 victories last season.
Now, as they get set for the quickly approaching 2019 NCAAF regular season, all eyes will be on Fickell and the Bearcats as they attempt to record consecutive double-digit winning campaigns for the first time since 2011-2012. Whether you plan on betting on or against the AAC title hopefuls this coming season, there are a bunch of insightful things you need to know about Cincinnati in order to maximize your chances of cashing in early and often on the Bearcats in 2019. Let’s get started.
Cincinnati Bearcats 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
2018 Betting Statistics
- ATS: 11-2 (W-L) / 7-6-0 (ATS) / 4-2-0 (Home) / 3-4-0 (Away) / 2-2-0 (Grass) / 5-4-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 6-7-0 (W-L) / 5-1-0 (Home) /1-6-0 (Away) / 0-4-0 (Grass) / 6-3-0 (Turf) / 52.2 (Total)
Last season, Cincinnati went a stupendous 11-2 SU while going 7-6 ATS, including 4-2 ATS at home. The Bearcats went 6-7 against their Over/Under total odds including a consistent 1-6 O/U on the road.
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Michael Warren II (20)
- Rushing: Michael Warren II (1329)
- Passing: Desmond Ridder (2445)
- Receiving: Kahlil Lewis (782)
- Interceptions: James Wiggins (4)
Sophomore running back Michael Warren II led the team in touchdowns scored and rushing yards, by finding the end zone 20 times while putting up a fantastic 1,329 rushing yards. Redshirt freshman quarterback Desmond Ridder passed for 2,445 yards with 20 TD passes and just five interceptions in his first season as the team’s starting quarterback while senior wide receiver Kahlil Lewis recorded a team-high 782 receiving yards. Sophomore safety James Wiggins led the Bearcats with a team-high four interceptions.
- Total Yards: 459.5 / Rank 21
- Passing Yards: 292 / Rank 18
- Rushing Yards: 167.5 /Rank 67
- Points Scored: 35.4 / Rank 20
- Field Goal %: 60 / Rank 115
Cincinnati was rock-solid in finishing the 2018 campaign ranked 21st in total offense while also ranking a fantastic 18th in passing, 67th in rushing and 20t in scoring (35.4 ppg).
- Total Yards: 355.9 / Rank 38
- Passing Yards: 233 / Rank 70
- Rushing Yards: 122.9 /Rank 20
- Points Allowed: 22.1 / Rank 30
- Field Goal %: 68.2 / Rank 39
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bearcats were also very solid in ranking 38th overall, 70th against the pass, 20th against the run and 30th in points allowed (22.1 ppg).
Cincinnati has a lot of positives heading into 2019, seeing as how dual-threat sophomore signal-caller Desmond Ridder will be under center for a full season after starting 12 of the final 13 games and winning the AAC Newcomer of the Year award by passing for 2,445 yards and adding another 583 rushing yards to go along with his 20 TD passes and five rushing scores. In addition to that, the Bearcats will have gifted running back Michael Warren II back after rushing for an impressive 1,329 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns. Cincy’s rushing attack will also have 2017 rushing leader Gerrid Doaks back on the field after he missed last season due to injury. Cincinnati’s offensive line also looks solid again and will be bolstered by the addition of Michigan transfer James Hudson. The Bearcats also return three of their top four cornerbacks and star safety James Wiggins. Cincinnati will also have some challenges thanks to the losses of experienced all-league tackles Cortez Broughton and Marquise Copeland and defensive end Kimoni Fitz – a trio that combined for 14 sacks in 2018.
After opening the 2019 regular season with a home date against UCLA and a road matchup at Ohio State, the Bearcats have just two games (at Houston, at home vs. Temple) against opponents over their final 10 games that look like they could be potential losses. Right now, I see absolutely no reason why Cincinnati shouldn’t record double-digit victories while contending to finish with a winning ATS mark. Now that you know all about the Bearcats, it’s time to head over the the MYBookie college football sports book and place your wagers on Cincinnati accordingly.