Houston vs Cincinnati Pick College Football

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 38-20 winner on the road against Boilermakers. They covered the -4-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (58) was profitable news for OVER bettors. It will be a challenge for the Bearcats’ defense that leads the AAC in total defense (233 yards), scoring defense (11.5 points), sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (20). To stop a Houston offense that 33 points on Oklahoma to open the season. Houston has held four straight opponents – Lamar (15), Oklahoma (70), Florida State (16) and Temple (98) – to fewer than 100 yards rushing.

When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, September 15, 2016
Where: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Line: Houston -8.5
Total: 64
TV: 7:30 p.m. EST, ESPN

About Houston Cougars (2-0):

The Cougars, who have won 16 of their past 17 games have a chance of making the College Football Playoffs if they can run the table. Ward threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening win against Oklahoma and Catalon added 88 rushing yards. Linebacker Steven Taylor has a league-best 3.5 sacks and freshman lineman Ed Oliver has 10 tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Houston is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Houston is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati

About Cincinnati Bear Cars (2-0):

Sophomore quarterback Hayden Moore (510 passing yards, five TDs, one INT, 71 rushing yards and two TDs) accounted for five scores in a road win at Purdue last week. Nate Cole (12 catches, 145 yards, three TDs) and Devin Gray (nine catches, 167 yards) lead a new group of receivers. Linebacker Eric Wilson leads the AAC with 24 total tackles as Cincinnati ranks second in the league with 13.5 points allowed.
Cincinnati is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
Cincinnati is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Cincinnati’s last 11 games
Cincinnati is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games at home
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Cincinnati is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Houston
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Cincinnati is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

Houston vs Cincinnati Prediction:

The Cougars have a chance to make it to the playoffs and this figures to be the biggest test until playing Louisville at the end of the year. A road trip against a Cincinnati team that lost a close game against Houston last year in Houston. The final was a 33-30 Cougars win with the Bearcats getting the cover as 8.5 point dogs. This year the Bearcats offense has a lot less experience, especially at the wide receiver position. The Cougars are a top team at stopping the run and they should be able to shutdown the Cincinnati rushing attack and make the Bearcats one dimensional. The Cougars will win going away and cover the spread. I will be taking Cincinnati up to -9.5 points.

Houston vs Cincinnati Pick: Houston -8