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Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Week 3 Betting Analysis

Week 3’s Catfight: Cougars vs. Bearcats

Posted by: Mike Davis

With the conclusion of Week 2’s game the college football betting season is now in full swing. This weekend didn’t features as many surprises as the opening week but nevertheless it still provided plenty of exciting action for fans to tune in on. One game that was particularly exciting was the contest between No. 6 Houston and the Lamar Cardinals – exciting for the Cougars but dreadful for the Cardinals. The only surprise in this matchup was the 3 ½ hour rain delay but the weather wasn’t enough to stop Houston and the Cougars stomped the Cardinals on their way to a 42-0 victory.

The climate wasn’t the only thing standing in Houston’s way for this matchup; they also had to contend with their starting quarterback being sidelined due to injury. Kyle Postma had no difficulty filling in however, and Postma found the end zone as early as the 1st quarter off a 39 yard run. Running the ball was a central theme for the Cougars in this matchup as they racked up an impressive 381 yards on the ground for the day. This game also marked the 1st time since 1974 that Houston had 3 players rush for over 100 yards. The Cougar’s passing game wasn’t nearly as crisp as their running game unfortunately. Houston finished the day with only 130 yards through the air, no touchdowns, and 1 interception. But to be fair, they were without their starter and had to endure a game that lasted over 6 hours. If college football betting fans want an inclination as to how Houston’s defense performed, all they have to do is take a gander at the scoreboard. Houston has had an impressive start to this season and they continue to put up performances that throw them into the playoff conversation. The Cougars will be looking to continue their road to the postseason against their next opponent, the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Bearcats, like most schools in the American Athletic Conference, are not considered to be a fearsome team. But they still did their best to appear that way in their 38-20 routing of the Purdue Boilermakers. The Boilermakers made good on their name by putting the pressure on Cincinnati early in the game. This match turned out to be a bit of a shootout with both teams gaining over 500 yards of total offense. But in the end, it was the 5 turnovers that spelled defeat for Purdue as the Bearcats were able to score on all but 1 of those turnovers. At the end of the day a win is a win, but the real test for Cincinnati comes next week against the nation’s No. 6 team. Let’s check the NCAA betting odds to see what kind of chances Cincinnati has against Houston.

NCAA Week 2 Thursday September 15th

Houston -7 ½ (EVEN) -280
Cincinnati +7 ½ (-120) +240

Apparently Cincinnati’s triumph over the Boilermakers has convinced the college football betting odds that they stand a chance in this matchup. Houston may be painted as the clear favorite but the odds don’t favor them as heavily as one would expect. Houston will be eager to prove themselves worthy of being a playoff team and it’s unlikely they’ll falter in this contest. Cincinnati will be doing their best and just like the odds state, a Bearcats upset is not unfathomable.

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