Are The -420 Odds On Cincinnati Bearcats Too Expensive?

  • The Cincinnati Bearcats are favored by 10.0 points against the SMU Mustangs.
  • SMU returns with +320 odds on the moneyline.
  • The total is set at 65.0 points with a -110 betting line on both sides.

CINCINNATI - The SMU Mustangs will travel to play the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday in what could be the toughest game remaining on the Bearcats schedule.

Can SMU Pull Off The Upset?

The Cincinnati Bearcats are trying to make a run at the College Football Playoff, but the SMU Mustangs will be trying to play spoiler and earn their way back into the rankings. Online sportsbooks have the spread set at double-digits, but the game could be much closer than expected.

Cincinnati vs SMU Spread Odds

  • SMU Mustangs +10.0 -110
  • Cincinnati Bearcats -10.0 -110

The Mustangs actually have a better offense than the Bearcats, led by Tanner Mordecai. Mordecai is second in the country in passing touchdowns while also ranking seventh in passing yards. He was a former Oklahoma Sooner, proving he has the high-level Power 5 talent.

He will be facing Cincinnati’s tough defense that’s allowing just 16.2 points per game and just 164.4 passing yards per game. Whether SMU can keep the game within 10 points may ultimately come down to if Mordecai can overpower the Bearcats’ defense.

Cincinnati vs SMU Moneyline Odds

  • SMU Mustangs +320
  • Cincinnati Bearcats -420

Given the nature and potency of the Mustang’s offense, they have a real shot at pulling off the upset. Those betting on college football can get a decent price on SMU to win straight up.

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Will Offense Or Defense Prevail?

Whether the OVER or UNDER hits will boil down to whether the offenses can outperform the defenses as both teams are pretty solid in both areas. The teams combine to score 80.8 points per game, but the total is set well below that number.

SMU vs Cincinnati Total Odds

  • OVER 65.0 -110
  • UNDER 65.0 -110

While the offenses are great at putting up numbers, the defenses are good at preventing them. Both teams combine to allow just 42.1 points per game. SMU has seen five of their 10 games have OVER 65.0 points while Cincinnati has seen just two of their games have OVER the set total.

The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. EST and will air on ESPN.