Okay MyBookie college football betting enthusiasts, the Houston Cougars will look to hand the unbeaten, sixth-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats their first loss of the season when the two teams square off in their Week 10 American Athletic Conference showdown on Saturday.
Will the Cougars be able to pull off the huge upset or will the Bearcats take care of business at home to make it consecutive wins in this rivalry? Let’s find out what the likely scenario is right now so you can go ahead and do your bets against their NCAAF odds.
Houston Vs Cincinnati Odds, Preview and Prediction
Houston (2-2) at Cincinnati (5-0)
- When: Saturday, Nov. 7
- Where: Nippert Stadium
Why Bet On Houston
Houston has alternated wins and losses over their four games this season but got completely dominated in their 44-21 smackdown loss against Central Florida last weekend as quarterback Clayton Tune was harassed into a 21-for-41 passing day with one touchdown and a pair of costly interceptions. Defensively, Houston gave up a jaw-dropping 353 rushing yards and three scores on the ground while allowing Knights quarterback Dillon Gabriel to pass for 328 yards with two TD and no picks. Not only that, but Houston lost star wide receiver Marquez Stevenson after suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter.
“We’ve got guys that are out, but we’ve got guys that need to step in there and play,” Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “That’s the bottom line. The better those backups go in there and play, the better chance we have of winning. That’s every team across the country.”
The good news for the Cougars heading into this Week 10 matchup is that, Houston has gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Why Bet On Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s stingy defense put Memphis on lockdown to secure an emphatic 49-10 blowout win last weekend while quarterback Desmond Ridder passed for 271 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Running back Jerome Ford rushed for 116 yards and two scores on just nine carries while Ridder added 41 rushing yards and two more scores on 10 carries. Defensively, Cincinnati held Memphis to a mind-boggling five rushing yards – on 29 carries while sacking Tigers quarterback Brady White six times.
“I think hopefully we’ve got a really mature crew that understands and realizes that as we continue to move forward the expectations for a lot of things continue to rise,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. “And that’s what they’re excited about.”
Cincinnati is ranked a stellar eighth nationally in points allowed (12.0 ppg) and has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Cincinnati dominated Houston a year ago despite being on the road, to record a convincing 38-23 win to cover the NCAAF betting line that day as a 10-point road favorite and I’m expecting a nearly identical win for the Bearcats in Saturday’s meeting. Cincinnati has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall while Houston has gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and an uninspiring 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings against the Bearcats. I’m going to say, forget the fact that the road team is this AAC rivalry has gone 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and back Cincinnati to cover the chalk by getting the huge, double-digit win in this one!
Pick: Cincinnati 38 Houston 21