Free Week 8 Prediction: Golden Hurricane vs. Bearcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(2-4) Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 19th 2019
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
NCAA Football Spread: Bearcats -17.5
NCAA Betting Total: 47.5
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Cincinnati is among the team in discussion for the best Group of Five program. They might not be undefeated and looked ugly against OSU but that is a high bar.
Tulsa has had a disappointing season but maybe we need to adjust our program expectations. Since coming to the AAC they have not had a lot of success.
Cincinnati is looking to keep winning in the conference and hope for some help from the outside like a Boise State loss. .
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa could be in a weakened state as they just got hammered by Navy. The Middies are far from a great team but taking on that triple option can leave a mark that takes a while to recover.
The strength of the Tulsa team is their passing game. They are not quite at the level we picture in our head when they were a mid-major darling but they can throw it around.
Quarterback Zack Smith is a Baylor transfer who has some talent but needs to be more accurate. With the Bears and now with Tulsa he has yet to crack 60% in completion percentage.
Tulsa cannot run the ball though and that type of imbalance will hurt them against a defense like Cincinnati that is talented enough to take away the strength of most opponents.
The Tulsa defense has been good against the pass statistically but that could be a little bit of fool’s gold. Navy never passes the ball and some of their opponents haven’t needed to.
If you throw out that loss to Ohio State, where they were embarrassed 42-0, you see a really good Bearcats team. A balanced group that is strong on offense and defense.
They had an easy time with Houston last week on the road and it should be more of the same at home against Tulsa. They are likely to be favoured in every game the rest of the season until they travel to Memphis for the finale.
I like the balance of their offense and sophomore Desmond Ridder has been an effective trigger man.
His numbers are up from his debut last season.
If you take out the OSU game Cincy’s defensive numbers would be really good instead of just better than average.
They held an explosive UCF team to just 24 points in an upset win.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 7-2 in TLSA last 9 games in October.
- Under is 12-4 in TLSA last 16 games as an underdog.
- Under is 9-3 in TLSA last 12 road games.
- Under is 35-15-1 in CIN last 51 games in October.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
There is no way Cincinnati loses in this spot. This is a talented, well coached group, so much so that their coach Luke Fickell is at the top of a lot of lists for a Power 5 job.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 47.5
I like the Bearcats a lot but that number is just a little too big for me, there is just too much backdoor possibility with it. Especially as the Bearcats are not the type to run things up. They are happy to win by 10.
I do think their defense is going to really stymie Tulsa but if they are playing with a lead they are not going to force things. The number just looks a little too generous to the Golden Hurricane.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Cincinnati 31 – Tulsa 10
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