Cincinnati crushed SMU last week. SMU is a team that is comparable to East Carolina. They both played Houston, and both lost to Houston by seven points. After Oregon’s huge loss last weekend, Cincinnati has an opportunity to make the playoffs. The only way they can take advantage of that opportunity is to come out and crush East Carolina. Cincinnati is going to come out swinging, and East Carolina will try to hold them off. Cincinnati is 9-2 against East Carolina in their last eleven games. Bettors have an opportunity to take the value in this game. Let us take a peek at where the value is.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
- Opening Lines: Cincinnati Bearcats -13.5, Total 58.5
- Last Game: November 13, 2020, Cincinnati 55-17
- Winning Streak: Cincinnati Bearcats (3)
Cincinnati is a great team that is trying to fight its way into the playoffs. They have scored points on everyone they have played, and the defense plays well. The offense is scoring an average of 40 points per game. They have a balanced offense as well, averaging 250 yards passing and 180 yards running per game. The defense is allowing 16 points per game and are doing a great job at stopping the pass. Cincinnati is holding teams to an averaging of 155 passing yards per game. They held SMU to 66 passing yards last week. SMU was averaging 350 yards passing before that game. Cincinnati is a team that can get it done on both sides of the ball.
East Carolina is a pass-heavy offense that is averaging 31 points per game and allowing 25 per game. They are passing for 275 yards per game and 165 rushing yards. Defensively, East Carolina has struggled. The defense is allowed 25.5 points per game and has struggled to stop the run game. Cincinnati can run the ball well and throw the ball well. East Carolina has an offense, but their defense is going to be the issue in this game. The Cincinnati offense has been dynamic this season and will continue to be a factor in this football game. After losing 55-17 last year against Cincinnati, East Carolina will struggle in this matchup.
Cincinnati is the better team in this matchup, and they are playing for something. They are out to prove to the committee that they belong in the playoffs. For that to happen, they need to blow East Carolina out. Last year, Cincinnati blew East Carolina out. This year, Cincinnati is a better team and matches up well against the pass-heavy East Carolina offense. Bettors will love this matchup, which feels like last week’s matchup against SMU. Both of these teams are pass-heavy and struggle on defense. This game is an opportunity to take the betting value on Cincinnati.
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