Free Week 1 Prediction: Bruins vs. Bearcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) UCLA Bruins vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 29th, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
NCAA Football Spread: Bearcats -3
NCAA Betting Total: 60
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College football is back and the first Thursday of the season will see the UCLA Bruins taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats.
These teams last met in 2018, which ended in a 26-17 win for the visiting Bearcats.
The Bruins were awful last year and ended 2018 with a record of 3-9. They did not even make a bowl game and will need to start the season strong.
The Bruins are extremely young at quarterback, which is a huge concern for this season. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is the only quarterback who was on the roster last year, so he is likely to get the start.
Thompson-Robinson went 112 for 194 last season and had 1,311 yards passing. He had 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
At the running back position, they have Joshua Kelley returning for his senior year. Last season he ran 225 times for 1,243 yards. He also led the team with 12 touchdowns. Kelley is going to have a big game to make up for their terrible defense.
Speaking of the defense, they were shredded in just about every game last year. They allowed 409 total points in 2018, an average of 34.1 points per game. Their offense is nowhere near this good, so the defense must play better. One off-season is not going to fix how bad the defense was in 2018, so I expect them to have trouble slowing down Cincinnati.
The Bearcats ended 2018 on a high note, going 11-2 with a win in their bowl game over Virginia Tech. They will be aiming for back to back double digit win seasons and will hope to beat UCLA for the second year in a row.
The Bearcats were ranked 21st in offense in 2018, an averaged 34.9 points per game. Desmond Ridder returns as quarterback after his successful freshman season. He threw for 2,445 yards, 20 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions last season. He will once again be the key to this offense and if he gets hot, Cincinnati will become a tough team to beat.
Michael Warren II also returns for his Junior year at the running back position. He rushed for 1,329 yards in 2018 with 19 touchdowns.
The Bearcats defense were among the best in the country in terms of points allowed per game. They were actually 7th in the country with 16.1 points allowed per game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UCLA are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games.
- Under is 16-5 in CIN last 21 Thu. games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The Bruins were terrible last year and I do not see them improving anytime soon. I will take the home team to start the season 1-0.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -3
I feel like the Bearcats should be bigger favorites in this game, so I will jump all over Cincinnati laying just 3 points.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: UCLA 17 – Cincinnati 28
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