Cincinnati vs. Houston Total Pick
Will offense or defense be the story of Saturday’s 3:30PM ET kickoff between No. 25 Cincinnati and Houston?
Game Snapshot & Odds
171 Cincinnati vs. 172 Houston
Saturday, October 12, 2019
3:30PM ET – TDECU Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Cincinnati is favored on the road, as the Bearcats are getting odds of -7.5 points against Houston. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 55 points. The public betting currently has 53 percent going on Cincinnati as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Bearcats on a win streak
Cincinnati is riding a three-game win streak following its big 27-24 win over UCF last weekend. The Bearcats are 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in the AAC, 4-1 against the spread and 4-1 with the under.
The Bearcats are led by their defense, as they are giving up just 21.4 points and 322.4 yards per game. Offensively, Cincinnati is putting up 27.6 points and 395.2 yards per contest. Desmond Ridder has thrown for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the offense while Alec Pierce is his leading receiver with 15 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Warren II is the team’s leading rusher with 395 yards and four touchdowns.
Cougars get a win
It’s been an interesting few weeks for Houston, as the Cougars have lost some of their top players after they decided to take a redshirt season after a slow start to the year. Houston is coming off a 46-25 win at North Texas two weeks ago. The Cougars are 2-3 on the season, 0-1 in the AAC, 3-2 against the spread and 2-2-1 with the over.
Houston has one of the worst defenses in the nation, allowing 32 points and 492 yards per game this season. The offense is putting up 33.8 points and 411.6 yards per game. Quarterback D’Eriq King and receiver Keith Corbin are sitting out the rest of the season to get another year in 2020. King still is the team’s leading passer and rusher. Clayton Tune has thrown for 124 yards and a touchdown in limited action while Patrick Carr has 279 rushing yards with three scores. Marquez Stevenson is the leading receiver with 24 catches for 298 yards and three touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
The Bearcats are 7-2 with the under in their last nine road games and 5-2 with the under in their last seven conference games.
The Cougars are 6-1 with the over in their last seven conference games and 7-2 with the over in their last nine games against a winning team.
These two have hit the under in three of their last four meetings. The Bearcats have been sound defensively all season, holding UCF to 24 points and not allowing more than 14 points in three of their other four games. Houston still put up some good points against North Texas, but the Cougars are likely to struggle against a good defense without their top players. Cincinnati may see an uptick in offense, though, as Houston is incapable of stopping opposing teams. I can see Cincinnati putting up a lot of points, similar to its 52-point performance at Marshall. Due to that, I expect the over to hit, as Houston still should score at least 10-15 points.
College Football Week 7 Prediction: Cincinnati/Houston Over 55