- Cincinnati offense leads the way
- SMU will be aggressive early
- Bearcats will keep the gas down regardless of score
The Cincinnati Bearcats are right on the outside of the College Football Playoff rankings. They currently sit fifth behind Georgia, Alabama, Oregon, and Ohio State. However, out of those five teams only Cincinnati and Georgia are undefeated.
If the Bearcats have realistic aspirations of being included in the postseason they not only need to win out, but also need to cross their fingers that one of the teams in front of them falters and falls out of the race.
The unbeaten Bearcats will take on a respectable SMU (8-2) team on Saturday at 3:30 PM EST. The SMU Mustangs are a quality football team and will not go down without a fight in this one.
Cincinnati vs SMU Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: College Football
- Teams: SMU at Cincinnati
- Where: Cincinnati, Nippert Stadium
- Date: Saturday, November 20
- Betting Odds: Spread: Cincinnati -11.5, SMU+11.5. Moneyline: Cincinnati -410, SMU +310. Total: O/U 64.5
SMU Preview: Spoil the Good Times
If SMU is able to upset Cincinnati they would spoil an excellent season for the Bearcats. At this point in the season, that is the mindset for teams like SMU. While they know they are not going to be in the playoffs, they might as well knock somebody else out.
The Mustangs are coming off of a nice win over Central Florida by a final score of 55-28. Their running game was working extremely well in the victory, as both of their running backs rushed for over 90 yards.
If SMU can receive that kind of production again, that would put a lot of pressure on the Cincinnati defense.
Cincinnati Preview: Keep the Hammer Down
The Bearcats need to win, and they need to win by a lot.
Cincinnati desperately wants to make their way into the top four of the CFP rankings. However, if they lose on Saturday it would make things almost impossible. Even if they win a close game that will not be enough to impress the CFP committee.
The Bearcats are going to be aggressive early in this game, and they will remain aggressive until the final whistle sounds. This is certainly a good game to take the over on.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game
Cincinnati is 5-5 ATS this season. The Bearcats are 3-5 ATS in games where they have been favored by 11 or more points. They have hit the over in five of their ten games on the season.
SMU is 4-5 ATS this year. They are 5-4 in terms of hitting over on the season. SMU has won only once when playing the role of the underdog in 2021.
Cincinnati vs SMU Pick
- KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: Cincinnati -11 (at PointsBet | at Caesars | at DraftKings | at Fanduel | at BetRivers)
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