NCAA football gambling handicappers on Friday will have their choice of two teams looking to step into NCAA football wagering bowl contention as Louisville hosts Cincinnati.
Kickoff is set for 8 PM Eastern Time and Sports-Gambling opened with Cincinnati as a 3 point favorite.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have a record of 2-3 both straight up and with the NCAA betting lines. The Bearcats are coming off a 45-3 blowout win and payoff over Miami-Ohio last week in their best performance of the season as quarterback Zach Collaros passed for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns and Isaiah Pead rushed for 197 yards and a score.
The Bearcats are the two time defending Big East champions and may finally be hitting their stride under first year coach Butch Jones. Collaros has completed 63% of his passes for 8.2 yards per attempt and a most impressive 12/1 touchdown interception ratio.
Pead is averaging an insane 9.8 yards per carry to lead the team and DJ Woods as 29 receptions for 17 yards per catch. The defense ranks a respectable 34th for points permitted.
The Louisville Cardinals are also under a new coach with Charlie Strong, the former defensive coordinator of Florida. Louisville scored a 56-0 home payout over Memphis last week to improve their overall record to 3-2 both straight up and with the NCAA betting odds.
Quarterback Adam Froman passed for 235 yards with 4 touchdown passes in the win and Bilal Powell rushed for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. Louisville’s offense has been surprisingly effective and ranks 21st nationally while the defense continues to improve and reflect the expertise of Strong to rank 32nd for points permitted.
Powell is averaging 7.6 yards per carry and Froman is averaging 8.5 yards per pass attempt.
Louisville is showing solid improvement with Strong but the resurgent Bearcats should have their confidence back after last week’s big win. Both teams can stake a claim of the Big East lead with a win in this matchup.
The favorite has covered 10 out of the last 13 NCAA football gambling matchups in this series with the Bearcats winning and covering the last 2 meetings in this series.