Friday night features two NCAA Football matchups. First, there is a Big East battle. The Cincinnati Bearcats clash with the 16th ranked Louisville Cardinals. Then, we have a war between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Air Force Falcons.

We'll break down the games and come up with a parlay to set you up for a full slate of Saturday college football games.

Cincinnati Bearcats at Louisville Cardinals 

Bearcats vs. Cardinals:Vegas Picks vegas odds Cincinnati and Munchie Legaux were knocked out of the top 25 after at tough defeat to the Toledo Rockets 29-23. A game where they had the lead for just 6 minutes and never had control. Toledo was able to capitalize off of turnovers and special teams, even though the Bearcats outgained the Rockets yards-wise, 478-355.

As for the Cardinals: they had an ugly win against a 2-5 South Florida team, 27-25. A narrow victory like this, doesn't say much for the Big East Conference in which Louisville is the unanimous leader at 7-0 and 16th in the country. It brings up a lot of questions about the Cardinals. South Florida had the edge in first downs, total yardage, rushing yardage, and time of possession.

The Cardinals will look to put that "victory" behind them. This should be a defining game for them in the Big East Conference. 

Sophomore Teddy Bridgewater is coming off of a near perfect game in where he was 21 for 25 for 256 yards with 2 TD and no INT's. Bridgewater has a wide array of receivers to throw the ball to. Louisville has 8 receivers with 100 yards or more and Bridgewater shows no sign of difficulty in getting them the ball as his 73.4% completion percentage reflects. 

On the ground, Louisville will serve the Bearcats up with seniors, Perry and Jeremy Wright. On the season, they've combined for a collective 17 TD's and over 1000 yards running the ball.

Will Louisville be able to stop the 16th ranked rushing of the Cincinnati is the question? 

Cincinnati is a team that prides themselves on their run game and their defense. They allow just 16.8 points per game which puts them in the top 20 in the country.

Senior George Winn (607 yards, 4 TD) quarterback Munchie Legaux , and running back Ralph Abernathy represent the running game. Cincy's running game is defined by George Winn, but Abernathy is coming off of an encouraging effort against Toledo in where he rushed the ball 9 times for 98 yards. We could see more of him in this game.

The key for Cincinnati is to not beat themselves and that starts with Legaux. He's a productive QB but isn't known for his accuracy and is coming off of a 2 interception game. The offensive line provides Legaux plenty of time and he needs to use better judgment. 

NCAA betting odds list Louisville as a 3 point favorite and the total for the game is 52.5.


I don't like the way that Louisville is coming into such a big game and they're facing a tough Cincinnati defense. I'm going to lean towards the total in which 52.5 points should be plenty. Take the UNDER. 

Parlay pick #1 - Lousiville/Cincinnati UNDER 52.5

Nevada at Air Force

Nevada is coming off of a tough loss, a 39-38 defeat to San Diego State, where the Aztecs went for the 2 point conversion in overtime and were successful; a tough way for a quality team to lose. 

On the bright side, Quarterback Cody Fajardo, returned from injury and was nearly flawless. He completed 29 of 40 for 304 yards and 3 TD's. Fajardo also ran for 66 yards and that's where Nevada excels.

Nevada is 7th in the nation in rushing at 272 yards per game and is an overall explosive offensive team, averaging 40.6 points per game, ranking them 16th in the nation. Their defense is their weakness and this could be a high scoring affair. 

Look for the Wolf Pack to run Stefphon Jefferson down the Falcons collective throats. On the season, Jefferson has rushed for 1248 yards and 15 TD's. He's scored a touchdown in every game except for 1. Therefore, you know that he'll play a key role in the success of the offensive oriented Wolf Pack team.

Air Force is an even more one-dimensional team as they rank 2nd in the nation with an amazing 352.7 yards rushing per game but average a mere 110.9 yards through the air. The element of surprise will not be an issue here when the Falcons throw running back Cody Getz (928 yards, 8 TD's ) at the Nevada defense. Air Force is super deep at the running back position and quarterback Connor Dietz is also a viable option.

Where the passing game is concerned, Dietz doesn't look to air it out often but he's an efficient quarterback. Dietz has yet to throw an interception this season in just 69 attempts.

This isn't the MMA, but expect a lot of ground and pound from Air Force in somewhat of an ugly approach to the fans and television viewers.

NCAA Football betting odds list Nevada as a 3.5 point favorite and the total is listed at 66.5. 


I'm going to stay away from the total for my college football picks in this one. It could go either way with Air Force's style of strictly run offense. Nevada is the better all-around team in this game and the odds reflect that opinion. Look for the well rounded Wolf Pack to overtake the one-dimensional Falcons.

Parlay Pick #2- Nevada -3.5