Free Week 3 Prediction: Cougars vs Bearcats Odds
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(2-0) Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (2-0)
Date: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 8:00 PM/ET
Venue: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
NCAA Football Spread: Houston -7
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Thursday Night Football on ESPN features a solid AAC matchup.
A pair of 2-0 teams meet as the #7 Houston Cougars take on the Cincinnati Bearcats.
#7 Houston Cougars
The Cougars followed up their big win over Oklahoma with a dominant performance again FCS opponent Lamar.
While the win was impressive, it was also big for Greg Ward. The star QB sat out the win, giving him time to heal get closer to 100%.
Ward will return here, after putting up an impressive performance in the win over Oklahoma. Ward finished with 321 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory.
This game is not only big for Houston in terms of conference play, but this team has a legit chance at a spot in the BCS Playoff. The Cougars sitting at #7 in the nation, have just 1 legitimate opponent left in Louisville in a couple weeks.
These games are ones they have to win and do it convincingly. Ward and company will have to take the crowd out of this one early, as a capacity crowd will only make things more difficult the longer the Bearcats stick around.
After struggling against UT Martin Week 1, the Bearcats responded in a big way with a dominant performance against the Purdue Boilermakers on the road last week.
Cincinnati easily covered the 3 point spread, as they took a 21-7 lead into the half and never looked back.
Hayden Moore and the offense finally looked like the offense everybody expected them to have. Cincinnati put up over 500 yards of total offense with Moore throwing for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Cincinnati established the run, something they won’t do often because of the rain. Still, they may have learned a thing or two about them and their run game, as it set the tone.
While they won’t try to do that here necessarily, they’ll have to control the tempo. Keeping Ward and the Cougars offense off the field.
Defensively, putting pressure on him is key. He’s not at 100% and the more they can knock him around, the more flustered he’ll get.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Cougars are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Cougars are 7-2-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cougars are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games on fieldturf.
- Bearcats are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Bearcats are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 conference games.
- Bearcats are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Prediction:
Houston has to win this and do it in convincing fashion.
Getting out early is the biggest key for them.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Houston -7
Ward and company continue their dominance as they pick apart the Bearcats secondary in a lopsided win.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Houston 40- Cincinnati 23
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