College football today looks a whole lot different than it did just a decade ago, and not just because of the playoff system that is now in place. Players now have a great deal more freedom to move around, which they do by entering the transfer portal. A back-up QB can suddenly become a starter somewhere else next season, while a guy who has graduated from one school can enter the portal and play out the final season of his college career at his dream location. While not everyone is a fan of all these moves, it certainly makes things more interesting.
We got to see one of the most recent transfers go to work in Week 1, with Justin Fields, who transferred to Ohio State from Georgia, lighting it up in his debut. He and the Buckeyes will be looking to continue with their winning ways when they host the Cincinnati Bearcats this weekend. Cincinnati are coming off a big win in their opener, but they will have it a good deal tougher here. The Buckeyes are in as a 16 ½ point favorite, with the point total for this game set at 55.
Cincinnati vs Ohio State 2019 College Football Week 2 Lines & Prediction
- When: Saturday, September 7, 12 PM EST
- Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus
- TV: ABC
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: ABC Go
- College Football Week 2 Lines: Ohio State -16.5 (Total 56)
- Partly Cloudy: 25°C/77°F
- Humidity: 65%
- Precipitation: 10%
- Cloud Cover: 35%
- Wind: 9 mph WNW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Cincinnati Bearcats?Anyone who is looking at this match-up and immediately writing off the Bearcats would do well to look at what this team has managed in the past. Cincinnati are a team that traditionally does very well in the month of September, particularly in games played on the road. Overall, they are now 13-2 SU in their last 15 games, as well as being a perfect 5-0 in their last 5 September outings.
In 4 of their last 7 games played in the month of September, Cincinnati has managed to put 30+ points on the board. They opened up their season with a confident 24-14 win over UCLA, surrendering just 200 yards on defense. On the downside of things, they have lost all 5 meetings to Ohio State and are 3-11 SU versus Big 10 opposition.
- Passing Yards: 242.0
- Rushing Yards: 175.0
- Points For: 24.0
- Points Against: 14.0
Why bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes?In Week 1, it looked as though the Buckeyes were going to cruise to victory after jumping out to a quick 28-0 lead against FAU. They let up a little after that, though, allowing the Owls to put 15 points on the board in the 4th quarter for a final score of 45-21. This meant that Ohio State did not cover the spread, taking them to 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
New QB Justin Fields accounted for 5 TD’s, but he is likely to have a more difficult task breaking down what is a very solid Bearcats D. As far as the positives go, Ohio State are 10 for 10 at home, as well as being a perfect 8-0 SU in the month of September. It truly is the point spread that should make everyone a little nervous here.
- Passing Yards: 232.0
- Rushing Yards: 237.0
- Points For: 45.0
- Points Against: 21.0
Cincinnati vs Ohio State 2019 College Football Week 2 Betting Trends
- Bearcats are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games played in September
- Bearcats are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 2
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games played on a Saturday
- Buckeyes are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games at home
- Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ohio State’s last 5 games
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Cincinnati vs Ohio State3 of the last 4 meetings between these two have gone UNDER, so that looks like a very solid bet here. This is a game that the Buckeyes should win, but I think we are looking at one that is closer than a lot of people expect.
Score: Cincinnati Bearcats 21 – Ohio State Buckeyes 33