College Football Week 2 Predictions: Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini
Saturday, 9/7/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Cincinnati -7.5
Current Betting Line: Cincinnati -7.5
Opening Total: 54
Current Total: 54.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Cincinnati is coming off a 42-7 blowout victory over the Purdue Boilermakers as 10-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 49.5. The Bearcats won the statistical battle by 199 yards in that affair, which can’t be ignored when making your college football predictions Saturday. The program has won 58 games since 2007—the most among current American Athletic Conference members over that span. Quarterbacks Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux have been battling for the starting spot since spring, with first-year head coach Tommy Tubberville being undecided on a permanent starter at the position. Cincinnati is 4-2 ATS as road favorites the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 5-1 in that situation.
The Bearcats last defeated two Big Ten Conference teams in the same year in 1946, as they look to win 10 or more games for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. Cincinnati is 9-1 in its last 10 games versus teams from the Power 5 Conferences, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA football betting lines. Tubberville sent out nine players that earned their first career starts with the program.
Illinois picked up a 42-34 victory over Southern Illinois as 17-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 40.5. The Fighting Illini gained 464 total yards under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit—racking up six players from scrimmage that went for 30-plus yards. Senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase earned Week 1 Big Ten Player of the Week honors after throwing for a career-high 416 yards. Illinois is 3-7 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons—losing all 10 of those affairs.
The Fighting Illini had 20 players make their debuts for the program last week, with six being true-freshmen. Senior wide receiver Ryan Lankford is one of Scheelhaase’s main targers, as he notched a career-high 115 receiving yards last time out. “This team needs to learn how to win and we’re going to take advantage of winning and try to build momentum,” commented Illinois head coach Tim Beckman.
Sports bettors will likely back the Bearcats due to the Fighting Illini being 0-7 ATS in their last seven games versus winning teams.
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