Cincinnati Bearcats College Football Betting
When Luck Fickell was hired in 2017 as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2017 the announcement was met with, shall we say, a Luke-warm response. Fickell was seen as a career assistant that failed to post a winning record as the interim head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2011 when he was placed in a tough spot taking over for Jim Tressel after he was forced out in the summer. Fickell stayed on when Urban Meyer was hired to take over as Buckeyes head coach. He was co-defensive coordinator from 2012 through 2016. But after four years on the job at Cincinnati, Fickell has put the Bearcats in the national conversation. He is doing so well that he may stay for the foreseeable future. Especially now that his son committed to play for the school as a guard starting next season. The Bearcats have capped off a tremendous 2020 campaign with the American Athletic Conference championship. They will now get the chance to make a real statement of their worth in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs.
Cincinnati Bearcats Weekly Odds
Cincinnati Bearcats +7.5
Georgia Bulldogs -7.5
Cincinnati Bearcats Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, January 1, 2021, the Cincinnati Bearcats will face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Kickoff time is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
The Georgia Bulldogs are 7-2 straight up, 4-5 against the spread, and 6-3 over the total. Georgia ranks 32nd for scoring offense and 21st for points allowed. Their last game was on December 12 in a 49-14 win at the Missouri Tigers as 14 point favorites with the game going over the total of 54.5. JT Daniels threw for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win at Mizzou.
Cincinnati Bearcats Weekly Recap
Last Saturday night the Cincinnati Bearcats scored a 27-24 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane as 13.5 point home overlays in the American Championship Game. The game went over the total of 44. Cincinnati is now 9-0 straight up, 5-4 against the spread, and 5-4 over the total. The Bearcats won the game over Tulsa on a 34-yard field goal by Cole Smith at the gun.
Quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for 269 yards and a touchdown against Tulsa and added 83 additional yards on the ground with a TD as well. Ridder’s favorite target was Alec Pierce, who had 5 catches for 146 yards and a TD.
Luke Fickell began his tenure at Cincinnati with an interesting approach. He calls it “The State of Cincinnati.” What this means is that the Cincinnati football program will conduct itself as a big-time program such as Ohio State. And it is having a positive effect. Following records of 11-2 in 2018 and 11-3 in 2019 Fickell’s current Cincinnati edition is winning converts.
What has been most impressive about Fickell is that his team plays some of the best complimentary football in the country. Cincinnati emphasizes the old school recipe of strong rushing, timely passing, and nasty defense for its success. While not in vogue with today’s style of football, Fickell’s program proves that the old basic truths about football still apply, even in today’s video game offense era.
The development of junior quarterback Desmond Ridder has been the best example of how Fickell has developed a complete team. Ridder played with more polish and confidence in his third year as a starter. Among his best performances was the one against Central Florida in a 36-33 win over a Knights team that boasts one of the elite offenses in the country. Ridder threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 57 more yards and two additional touchdowns. Surrounded by a team that plays well around him Ridder has thrived.
National singing day showed that Cincinnati has emerged as a top 30 program for acquiring talent. The Bearcats outperformed such Power Five programs as Washington, Utah, Minnesota, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and UCLA in the national rankings.
Fickell has clearly built a complete program that should sustain excellence in the years to come. A bowl win over Georgia would be among the biggest in Cincinnati history.
2020 Cincinnati Bearcats Schedule
||vs Austin Peay
||vs South Florida
||vs East Carolina
||@ Central Florida
||@ Tulsa (AAC Championship)
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