Cincinnati vs. Louisville Fenway Bowl Betting Odds

Cincinnati Bearcats College Football Betting

Cincinnati Bearcats College Football Betting

 One of the characteristics of college football bowl games is that the coaches who often lead a team to the postseason are gone when the postseason arrives. Certainly, that is the case for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2022. Coach Luke Fickell built UC from the ashes into a College Football Playoff program in his six years on duty. Naturally, Fickell attracted the interest of bigger programs. Fickell is now head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten. Thus, assistant Kerry Coombs has taken over as the interim HC for the Fenway Bowl against the Louisville Cardinals.

NCAA Football Betting Odds

Louisville Cardinals -2.5

Cincinnati Bearcats +2.5

Total 45.5

Cincinnati Bearcats Weekly Matchup

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, the Louisville Cardinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference will face the Cincinnati Bearcats of the American Athletic Conference in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Kickoff time is 11 a.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.

Cincinnati is fresh on the minds of the casual sector as a College Football Playoff team. At the same time, Louisville has been off the radar for the betting public. Wise Guys will consider the Cardinals for that reason. Additionally, there is the angle of how committed Cincinnati will be without Fickell.

Last game, the Louisville Cardinals lost 26-13 against the Kentucky Wildcats as 3.5-point road dogs. The game went under the total of 42.5. Louisville has a record of 7-5 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 4-8 over/under the total. Louisville ranks 54th for total offense, 92nd for passing, 35th for rushing and 76th for scoring. Defensively they rank 34th overall, 34th against the pass, 47th against the rush, and 19th for points allowed. Also, Cincinnati ranks 87th for fewest turnovers lost and 10th for takeaways.

Will Levis passed for two touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Barion Brown in the third quarter, Matt Ruffolo kicked a career-best four field goals, and the Wildcats topped archrival Louisville. Levis was 11 of 19 passing for 188 yards and tossed an 8-yard TD pass to Dane Key in Kentucky's second possession. His pass to wide-open tight end Josh Kattus turned into a 70-yard catch-and-run and set the stage for his first score three plays later.

The Wildcats never trailed, even though it took another Levis TD pass for the Wildcats to feel comfortable with Bluegrass bragging rights.

Louisville coach Scott Satterfield began the season with one of the hottest seats in college football. Now he has silenced the critics with a solid bowl season and good recruiting.

Cincinnati Bearcats Weekly Recap

Last game, the Cincinnati Bearcats lost 27-24 against the Tulane Green Wave as 1-point home dogs. The game went over the total of 43. UC has a record of 9-3 straight up, 3-8-1 against the spread, and 5-6 over/under the total. UC ranks 65th for total offense, 43rd for passing, 88th for rushing and 46th for scoring. Defensively they rank 23rd overall, 17th against the pass, 50th against the rush, and 24th for points allowed. Also, Cincinnati ranks 19th for fewest turnovers lost and 81st for takeaways.

Redshirt sophomore Evan Prater started at quarterback for Cincinnati in place of Ben Bryant, who suffered a foot injury in the win over Temple. Prater was 10-for-26 for 102 yards and rushed for 83 yards on 18 carries.

Luke Fickell accomplished more than anyone could have dreamed of as the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats. When Fickell was hired, he was met with yawns and skepticism. But Fickell adopted a philosophy known as the “State of Cincinnati.” Fickell focused on recruiting the goldmine of talent in Ohio, especially near Cincinnati. And in short order, the Bearcats were in the national college football playoff conversation. Last year they made history by becoming the first Group of Five program to make the college football playoff.

Just five years ago, such a scenario was unimaginable. Fickell is a family man, and his family loves the Cincinnati area. But the Wisconsin Badgers made Fickell an offer he couldn’t refuse. Fickell is now in Madison, Wisconsin, as the Bearcats begin a search for his replacement.

2022 Cincinnati Bearcats Schedule

Sep 3 at Arkansas L 24-31 0-1
Sep 10 vs. Kennesaw State W 63-10 1-1
Sep 17 vs. Miami-OH W 38-17 2-1
Sep 24 vs. Indiana W 45-24 3-1
Oct 1 at Tulsa W 31-21 4-1
Oct 8 vs. USF W 28-24 5-1
Oct 15 OFF
Oct 22 at SMU W 29-27 6-1
Oct 29 at UCF L 21-25 6-2
Nov 5 vs. Navy W 20-10 7-2
Nov 11 vs. East Carolina W 27-25 8-2
Nov 19 at Temple W 23-3 9-2
Nov 26 vs. Tulane L 24-27 9-3
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