No. 20 Cincinnati vs. UCF October 29 Betting Preview

No. 20 Cincinnati vs. UCF October 29 Betting Preview

Sam Frohman
1 year ago
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Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Ben Bryant throws a pass during win vs. SMU

The Cincinnati Bearcats will continue their road trip when they take on the UCF Golden Knights on Saturday at 3:30 pm. They are coming off their sixth win of the season after defeating the SMU Mustangs this past weekend by a score of 29-27. UCF suffered their first conference loss of the season to East Carolina.

Ben Bryant returned from his concussion the past week as he threw for 200 yards on 18 of 35 passing. He threw no touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Running backs Charles McClelland and Ryan Montgomery both got one of the Bearcats’ two touchdowns in the game. Kicker Ran Coe saved the Bearcats with his five field goals on the day.

UCF quarterback John Plumlee had a day to forget as he threw for 296 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Running back Isaiah Bowser got the lone touchdown for the Knights in the second half.

Let’s look ahead to Week 9 in college football with this matchup between the Cincinnati Bearcats and UCF Knights.

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The Bearcats come into this game as slight one-point favorites on the road against a tough UCF team. At -1, the Bearcats have odds of (-108). 

The Knights have odds of (-113) to cover the one-point spread. For the over/under, the total points expected to be scored by both teams is set at 55.5 with odds of (-112) and (-109) to bet the over and under, respectively.

For the moneyline, the Bearcats have a slight edge of (-113) compared to the Knights who have odds of (-108) to win the game outright.

Keys To The Game

The Bearcats need Ben Bryant to figure out his issues in a hurry if the Bearcats want to win out the rest of the season and make it to a meaningful bowl game.

 It seemed like the Bearcats offense was settling for field goals on Saturday, and there was nothing special working for Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati defense was able to hold the Mustangs to under 200 yards passing and come up with a huge game-saving two-point conversion stop late in the fourth quarter to give the Bearcats the win. 

They will need to show up in a big way on Saturday, especially if Bryant and the offense struggle similarly to how they did against SMU.

For the Knights, John Plumlee has eleven touchdowns on the season and six interceptions. 

UCF has found a lot more success on the ground versus through the air this season, as displayed by their two rushers, Plumlee and Isaiah Bowser, combining for 17 touchdowns. 

If Plumlee can keep the Bearcats defense on their toes with his dual-threat capability, they may be able to pull off the upset in front of their home crowd.

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