2012 Belk Bowl Odds, Spread & Betting Preview: Cincinnati vs. Duke Print
Written by Drew Sharper   
Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:30
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CHARLOTTE, NC (The Spread) – Duke makes a rare bowl appearances on Thursday when it faces Cincinnati in the 2012 Belk Bowl at 6:30PM ET from Bank of America Stadium.

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Cincinnati is 9-3 on the season and 8-3 against the spread while Duke is 6-6 overall and 6-6 against the spread. Duke has hit the over in 8 of 11 lined games while Cincinnati has split the over/under in 10 lined games. These two have no recent meetings.

Trends show that Cincinnati is 1-4 against the spread in its last 5 bowl games, but 6-2 ATS in its last 8 non-conference games. Duke is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Cincinnati is the clear favorite in this bowl game, as the Bearcats have odds of -9.5 points against Duke. The over/under total has been set at 60.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this bowl game had Cincinnati favored by 10.5 points. The spread hit a peak of 11 and a low of 8.5 points before closing at Cincinnati -9.5.

Cincinnati is coming off a 34-17 win over Connecticut to end the regular season. The Bearcats won four of their last five games to earn a share of the Big East title. After the season ended, head coach Butch Jones left the team to take over the Tennessee program. Cincinnati is averaging 31 points per game this season while the defense is allowing just 17.2 points per contest. The team is being led on offense by running back George Winn, who has rushed for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Duke lost to Miami, 52-45, to end the regular season. The Blue Devils lost the last four games of the regular season to finish 3-5 in ACC play. Duke is averaging 31.3 points per game on offense, but allowing 35 points per game on defense, which ranks 104th in the nation. Duke is being led on the season by quarterback Sean Renfree, who has thrown for 2,755 yards and 18 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Duke safety Brandon Braxton is doubtful for this game with an ankle injury while cornerback Lee Butler is out with a knee injury. Cincinnati has no injuries to report.

The Public Bets for this bowl game are backing Cincinnati. The Bearcats are getting 64% of the wagers with odds of -9.5 points against Duke on Thursday night.

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