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College Football Betting Preview: Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

September 9, 2023


This matchup features two teams looking to build on their success in week 1 of the college football season as the Cincinnati Bearcats travel to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in week 2 of the college football season. Cincinnati won at home against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels by a score of 66-13 while the Pittsburgh Panthers defeated the Wofford Terriers at home by a score of 45-7. Which team will improve to 2-0 this season with a win in this matchup on Saturday evening? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

The Cincinnati Bearcats enter this game with a record of 1-0 following a 66-13 win at home in week 1 of the college football season against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, an FCS opponent while covering the 21.5-point spread as a favorite at home. Cincinnati scored 66 points while compiling a total of 667 total yards offensively which included 438 passing yards and 229 rushing yards while allowing 13 points and 302 total yards defensively which included 177 passing yards and 125 rushing yards. 

Emory Jones led the team in passing, completing 19 of 23 attempts for 345 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 26 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Corey Kiner led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 105 yards. Xzavier Henderson led the team in receiving, catching seven of eight targets for 149 yards and a touchdown. 

Pittsburgh enters this game with a record of 1-0 after defeating the Wofford Terriers at home by a score of 66-13 in week 1 of the college football season while covering the 37.5-point spread as a favorite at home. The Panthers scored 45 points while compiling 491 total yards offensively which included 274 passing yards and 217 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 126 total yards defensively which included 127 passing yards and -1 rushing yards. 

Phil Jurkovec led the team in passing, completing 17 of 23 attempts for 214 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 41 yards and a touchdown on seven attempts. Daniel Carter led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. Bub Means led the team in receiving, catching two of four targets for 39 yards.

BookMaker has the Pittsburgh Panthers listed as 6.5-point favorites at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday in week 2 of the college football season. The Teams have split the eight games all-time in the series both going 4-4 while Cincinnati has won two of the last three games while the Panthers are 5-3 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. 

Cincinnati is 1-0 ATS overall after finishing last season with a record of 3-9-1 ATS overall, 1-3-1 ATS on the road, and 0-4 ATS as an underdog while the Pittsburgh Panthers are 1-0 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS at home, and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last year with a record of 6-7 ATS overall, 2-5 ATS at home, and 5-4 ATS as a favorite.

Pittsburgh is the more talented team and has been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 5-3 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games. I look for that trend to continue in this matchup which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Pittsburgh Panthers -6 at home against the Cincinnati Bearcats in week 2 of the college football season on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Pittsburgh Panthers -6