Fenway Bowl Odds - Cincinnati vs. Louisville
The Fenway Bowl is finally going to happen after being cancelled the past two years. The game was schedule to take place in 2020 but then COVID hit and then COVID caused Virginia problems last year and the game was cancelled yet again. The inaugural Fenway Bowl will now take place on Saturday, December 17, 2022 with an intriguing matchup between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Louisville Cardinals. These two schools are located about 100 miles apart but they have not met on the college football field since 2013. The meeting this time around has some fascinating storylines, as Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell left to become Wisconsin’s next head coach, so it will be special team’s coordinator Kerry Coombs serving as the interim coach. On the other side, Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield left to take over at Cincinnati. The Cardinals will be coached by former New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch for the bowl game.
Believe it or not, Fenway Park, famed home of the Green Monster and the Boston Red Sox, has a rich football history. From 1963 through 1968, the Boston Patriots played their games at Fenway Park. In those days, the Patriots were members of the American Football League. It was a modest time for the future New England Patriots dynasty, but they did make the 1963 AFL Championship Game and were a near-miss in 1966. Since then, Notre Dame has played at Fenway Park along with other college teams. The Fenway Bowl will become the fourth active bowl game held at a baseball stadium joining the Pinstripe Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Guaranteed Rate Bowl.
2022 Fenway Bowl at a Glance
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Time (ET) / TV: 11:00 AM / ESPN
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Matchup: Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Louisville Cardinals
College Football Betting Lines
Louisville Cardinals -2.5
Cincinnati Bearcats +2.5
Fenway Bowl Preview
Cincinnati comes into this game at 9-3 SU and 3-8-1 ATS with five games going over the total, six going under, with one push. The Cardinals are 7-5 SU and 7-5 ATS with four games going over the total and eight going under.
The Bearcats are averaging 31.1 points per game which is 46th in the country and the are putting up 392.8 yards per contest. They are giving up just 20.3 points per game which is 23rd in the nation. Charles McClelland leads the team with 834 rushing yards, Ben Bryant has thrown for 2,732 yards, while Tyler Scott has 899 receiving yards.
The Cardinals are averaging 27.2 points per game and averaging 405 yards per contest. They are giving up just 20.2 points per game and allowing 347.6 yards per contest. Jawhar Jordan leads the team with 700 rushing yards, Malik Cunningham has thrown for 1,562 yards, while Tyler Hudson leads the team with 1,034 receiving yards.
Cincinnati and Louisville used to play each other on a regular basis and the name of their rivalry was the Keg of Nails. They have not met since Louisville joined the ACC following the 2013 season. This series goes back almost a century with Cincinnati leading 30-22-1. The first meeting was held in 1929. The Cardinals won the last two meetings in 2012 and 2013.
Fenway Bowl Prediction
The question in this game is motivation for each team, as they will both have new coaches next season. The Bearcats look to be the better team and it is somewhat surprising they are listed as the underdog, but Cincinnati has been a money burner for bettors for much of the season, going 3-8-1 ATS. Each of these teams has good defensive numbers so avoiding a side and simply taking the game under the total may be the way to go, especially with each team having an interim head coach for this game.
Fenway Bowl Format
The Fenway Bowl has tie-ins to the American Athletic Conference and the ACC. This bowl was supposed to be launched in 2020, but the pandemic forced the game's cancellation and it was cancelled yet again in 2021 when Virginia’s team came down with COVID.
Fenway Bowl Past Results
||Cancelled due to COVID
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