The Cincinnati Bearcats are a huge NCAA online betting underdog against the Michigan Wolverines, yet, like a lamb to the slaughter, match toward their certain doom with a blissfully oblivious optimism that would have Pollyanna Whittier herself shaking her head. “I’ve got no doubt in my mind that we can go out and shock the world,” senior running back Mike Boone said per Cincinnati.com. Will the Bearcats, in fact, shock the world, or, will they, like the Shockmaster, fall flat on their arses?
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- Date: Saturday, September 9th
- Time: 12:00 PM
- Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sportsbook College Football Betting Line:
Cincinnati U +34½ (-110) 48½ (-110) +8500
Michigan -34½ (-110) 48½ (-110) -23000
A football game is a football game is a football game
“We’re focused this week,” added Boone. Okay, but are you Occam’s razor sharp? “We’re going to approach it like we do every other game,” senior safety Carter Jacobs contributed his two cents. “A lot of people have been waiting for this game.” at the very least since, in front of well over 100,000 fans at Ohio Stadium, the Bearcats lost, 28-50 to the Ohio State Buckeyes. It’s not often that UC gets to go up against a college football leviathan, so the Bearcats have, in order to counter the deafening roar of a hundred thousand-headed monster, worked on hand signals and silent communication. On the other hand, the telepathy experiments, unfortunately, didn’t pan out. UC enters the game as a 34½ underdogs, but, speaking at the Richard E. Lindner Athletic Center, in his weekly media luncheon, head coach Luke Fickell said “I don’t think I’ve ever gone into a game knowing what a line is anyway, so this might be the first time.” That probably explains why the Bearcats are 1-5 against the NCAA football betting spread in their last six games.
The Wolverines are as angsty as the actual Wolverine
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh lost 10 starters from last season’s roster, and the band of whippersnappers with whom he replaced them – who think, according to ESPN.com, that “being told you’re too young is an insult” – are edgy, they are “in your face.” You’ve heard the expression “let’s get busy”? Well, they get biz-zay! Consistently and thoroughly. “If they want to eject me, eject me,” it’s middle linebacker Devin Bush’s philosophy.
UC will certainly have a hard time staying within the spread against a defense that, in their season opener, facing the vaunted Gators, allowed Florida not a single point after their, the Gators’, opening-drive field goal and held them to 192 total yards, and just 11 yards rushing. It’s remarkable, then, that quarterback Wilton Speight, a returning starter of all people, would be the one to sound a dissonant note. All of Florida’s, minus the aforementioned FG, points came by way of a pick-six. The NCAA football betting has gone, for the Bearcats, under in seven of their last eight games and in four of their last six on the road, while it has gone over in 18 of UM’s last 22 games and in nine of their last 12 home games. All signs point to, in this tug-of-war, to the total going over again, by the sheer might of Michigan’s offense.