Belk Bowl Odds
Cincinnati is 9-3 on the season, 6-6 against the spread and the Bearcats have hit the over 7 times. North Carolina is 6-6 overall, 7-5 against the spread and the Tar Heels have hit the under 8 times.
Trends show that Cincinnati is 14-5 against the spread in its last 19 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games in December. UNC is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, North Carolina is favored to win this game, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -2.5 points against Cincinnati today. The over/under total for the game has been set at 56.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had UNC favored by 2 points. The spread climbed to 3 points before falling back to 2.5 points. The over/under total opened at 55.5 points and slowly worked up to 56.5.
Cincinnati is coming off a 31-24 overtime loss to Louisville to end up 6-2 in the AAC. The Bearcats averaged 33.3 points and 482.3 yards per game on offense, while the defense is holding opponents to just 19.5 points per game. Quarterback Brendon Kay has thrown for 3,121 yards and 22 touchdowns to lead the offense, while Anthony McClung has caught 68 passes for 908 yards and five touchdowns.
North Carolina is coming off a 27-25 loss to Duke to end the regular season and finish 4-4 in the ACC. The loss had snapped a five-game winning streak for the Heels. UNC is averaging 32.2 points and 434.5 yards per game on offense, while the defense is holding opponents to 25.1 points per game. Marquise Williams has thrown for 1,527 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 490 yards and six scores for UNC. Eric Ebron has added 55 receptions for 895 yards and three touchdowns.
In terms of Injuries, UNC running back A.J. Blue (undisclosed) and tackle Kiaro Holts (undisclosed) are both questionable for the game. Cincinnati offensive lineman Sam Longo (ankle) is doubtful while offensive lineman Austen Bujnoch (foot) is out.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing North Carolina, as the Tar Heels are getting 60% of the wagers with odds of -2.5 points against Cincinnati on Saturday.