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College Football Betting Preview: BYU Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
September 29, 2023
The Cincinnati Bearcats won their first two games of the season, however, they are on a two-game losing streak which includes a 6-20 loss at home against the Oklahoma Sooners while the BYU Cougars lost their first game of the season against the Kansas Jayhawks in week 4 of the college football season. Which team will come away with the win in this matchup on Friday night? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
The Cincinnati Bearcats enter this game with a record of 2-2 following a 6-20 loss at home against the Oklahoma Sooners while failing to cover the 13-point spread as a home underdog in week 4 of the college football season. Cincinnati scored 6 points while compiling a total of 376 total yards offensively which included 235 passing yards and 141 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 425 total yards defensively which included 322 passing yards and 103 rushing yards. Emory Jones led the team in passing, completing 22 of 41 attempts for 235 yards and two interceptions while also leading the team in rushing with 42 yards. Chamon Metayer led the team in receiving, catching three of four targets for 50 yards.
BYU enters this game with a record of 3-1 following a 27-38 loss on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks while failing to cover the 9-point spread as a road underdog in week 4 of the college football season. The Cougars scored 27 points while compiling a total of 366 total yards offensively which included 357 passing yards and 9 rushing yards while allowing 38 points and 351 total yards defensively which included 130 passing yards and 221 rushing yards. Kedon Slovis led the team in passing, completing 30 of 51 attempts for 357 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. LJ Martin led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 28 yards while adding a reception for 10 yards and a touchdown. Chase Roberts led the team in receiving, catching five of ten targets for 89 yards.
BookMaker has the BYU Cougars listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday night in week 5 of the college football season. These teams have played each other twice before this matchup with both matchups resulting in wins for the BYU Cougars including the most recent matchup in 2016 in which the Cougars won by a score of 20-3. Cincinnati is 2-2 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, 1-1 ATS as an underdog, and 0-1 ATS in conference games this season while the BYU Cougars are 1-3 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, 0-2 ATS as a favorite, and 0-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
BYU enters this game with a better record and has looked like the better team this season while being the better team in the series, winning both games all-time. However, the Bearcats have been the better team this season at covering the spread going 2-2 ATS overall while the Cougars are 1-3 ATS overall. As a result, I am taking the Cincinnati Bearcats +3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Friday night.
Spooky Express Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats +3
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