If the CFB had an “America’s Game of the week,” it would be this matchup. Two non-Power 5 teams with playoffs hopes for the upcoming season. It’s the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Notre Dame heads in the game ranked 9th in the AP. They are coming off a convincing win over a once ranked Wisconsin team beating them 41-13.
Cincinnati comes into the game ranked 7 in the AP. Just last week, they faced Indiana and beat them handily 38-24.
Notre Dame vs Cincinnati Spread Analysis
With such a small spread, you ultimately need to pick the team you believe is going to win. It’s unlikely one would get a push by betting the spread. Currently, Cincinnati is favored by 2 in the spread.
This season, Notre Dame is 2-2 ATS while Cincinnati is 2-1 against the spread. Both teams this year have had struggles covering ATS, and it does not make it easier seeing how small it is.
I think that the underdog will take this one. Notre Dame has looked outstanding all year, collecting more power five wins than the Bearcats. The Irish may have been looking shaky after winning in OT against a winless FSU, Notre Dame has come out strong since week 1.
Prediction: Notre Dame +2
Notre Dame vs Cincinnati MoneyLine Analysis
The moneyline for this game is favorable on both sides regardless of which you take. With a game as tight as this one, it might seem tough to pick a winner. The moneyline for Cincinnati is listed at -130 ($100=$176 total payout), and Notre Dame is listed at +110 ($100=$210 total payout).
It will not be easy to stop Notre Dame. Quarterback Jack Coan has been playing outstanding thus far. He’s almost at 1,000 yards through 4 games and loves to sling the rock. Five of his receivers have 10+ receptions, and 6 of them have touchdowns! This most certainly will not be easy to stop.
On the other side of the field, the Bearcats have been dominating offenses with their stellar defense. Allowing under 300 YPG, under 200 passing YPG, under 150 rushing YPG, and 15 PPG! They have forced seven turnovers and most certainly have not made it easy on opposing offenses.
The offense will win this matchup, and that’s why Notre Dame is the pick. Winning this game means a trip to the CFP, and it’s time to rally the sons of Notre Dame! This game belongs to the underdog!
Prediction: Notre Dame +110
Notre Dame vs Cincinnati Over/Under Analysis
Above I explained the greatness of the Irish offense. Now Cincinnati’s offense may not be as great as Notre Dame’s, but it is still solid. Desmond Rider, starting QB of the Bearcats, has thrown for almost 800 yards in three games!
The running back committee has amassed over 500 yards. Against a weaker Notre Dame defense, this game will be high scoring, and one would be wise to take the over.
Prediction: Over 50.5
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