Annual Rivalry College Football Picks: Cincinnati to Continue Dominance Over Miami (Ohio)

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:50 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2015 6:50 PM GMT

The Redhawks look to bounce back from an absolute thrashing suffered at Wisconsin last Saturday. Go inside as we preview the betting odds and share our free college football pick on this contest.

Redhawks look to end Bearcats Dominance of Annual Rivalry
Miami-Ohio will host Cincinnati in their annual rivalry game on Saturday. The opening kickoff at Fred C. Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio is slated for 3:30 PM ET. According to current College Football Betting Odds at major sportsbooks, Cincinnati is anywhere from a 18.5 to 20.0 point favorite, and the posted total is 60.0 across the board. Cincinnati has won each of the previous nine games in this rivalry. The last Miami win took place in 2005.

 

Gift Wrapping a Win for Opponent
Cincinnati is coming off an excruciating home loss as a 5.5 point favorite at the hands of Temple last Saturday. It wasn’t so much they lost to Temple. After all, the Owls upset Penn State in their season opener, and did so in a fairly convincing manner. Cincinnati outgained Temple by a wide margin of 527 to 296 total yards during that loss. However, they sabotaged themselves by committing 5 turnovers, and in turn, they were only able to create just 1 takeaway. As a matter of fact, the Bearcats are a -5 turnover differential during their first two games, and that includes a season opening 52-10 demolition of Alabama A&M. On some positive notes, the Bearcats offense has amassed a combined 1163 yards of total offense thus far, and their defense is allowing an average of just 271 yards per game.

 

So much for Confidence
Miami-Ohio opened the season with a 26-7 win over FCS opponent Presbyterian. That victory was hardly impressive. Despite that being the case, it still was a confidence boosting win for a program that had gone a combined 2-22 during the previous two seasons. Nobody expected the Redhawks to upset the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison last week as a mammoth 31.0 point underdog. Realistically the game would be a good measuring stick to see how far they’ve progressed. Well they failed miserably in a 58-0 loss in which they were dominated in every aspect of the game. Similar to Saturday’s opponent (Cincinnati), ball security has been an issue for Miami in their first two games, evidenced by a -3 turnover differential during those contests.

 

Final Analysis
This will definitely not be one of my best College Football Picks this week. If backed into a corner, I would take the more talented road favorite for a very small lean.

College Football Pick: Cincinnati -18.5  at The Greek.

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