Houston vs. Cincinnati Prediction
College football is back in full swing tonight when Cincinnati plays host to No. 6 Houston. Will tonight’s 7:30PM ET on ESPN be a shootout?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Houston is favored on the road in this game, as the Cougars are getting odds of -7.5 points against Cincinnati. The over/under total for the game is currently listed at 64 points. Cincinnati has won five of the last six in this series and the two have hit the under in two of the last three meetings.
Despite being a strong offense, Houston has actually hit the under in seven of its last nine, including both games this season. The Cougars defeated Oklahoma 33-23 and then beat Lamar 42-0. Houston is putting up 460.5 yards per game on offense through a balanced attack that averaged 225.5 yards in the air and 235 yards on the ground. Defensively, Houston is giving up just 233 total yards per game and only 42.5 yards per game on the ground. Greg Ward missed last week’s game, but threw for 321 yards in the opener. He is expected to play tonight and should keep Houston in the end zone regularly.
Cincinnati is off to a 2-0 start with a 28-7 win over Tennessee-Martin and a 38-20 win at Purdue. The Bearcats have hit the over and under one each, but have hit the under in three of their last four. Cincy is putting up similar numbers to Houston on offense, averaging 456 yards per game. However, the Cincy defense is giving up 413.5 yards per game, including 273.5 yards per contest. Hayden Moore has thrown for 510 yards and five touchdowns this season to lead the team.
The total has been set pretty high for this game. Last year’s game was a shootout, but ended at 33-30, which wouldn’t hit this total. The Houston defense looks to be much better than it has been in the past, so the Cougars should earn some stops of Cincy. Ward could still be dealing with his injury a little bit and may not be at his best. The Bearcats have hit the under in 6 of their last 7 home games. Expect this game to be competitive and stay under 64.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 3 PREDICTION: HOUSTON/CINCINNATI UNDER 64