Houston vs. Cincinnati - 10/12/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston vs. Cincinnati - 10/12/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bearcats (3-1) at Houston Cougars (2-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm (TDECU Stadium)

The Line: Houston Cougars +7 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Houston Cougars meet Saturday in college football action at TDECU Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bearcats look for a statement victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The Cincinnati Bearcats have split their last six road games. Desmond Ridder is completing 62 percent of his passes for 964 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Ridder has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Alec Pierce and Josiah Deguara have combined for 835 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Michael Warren II has 13 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 187.6 yards per contest, and Warren II leads the way with 395 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 21.4 points and 322.4 yards per game. Darrick Forrest leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 42 tackles, Michael Pitts has four sacks and Ja'von Hicks has one interception.

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The Houston Cougars look for a nice home victory to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Cougars have won six of their last seven home games. Clayton Tune is completing 80 percent of his passes for 124 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. D’Eriq King and Tune have combined for seven touchdown passes and two interceptions. Marquez Stevenson and Keith Corbin have combined for 490 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jeremy Singleton has eight receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 251 yards per contest, and King leads the way with 312 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 32 points and 492 yards per game. Grant Stuard leads the Houston Cougars with 44 tackles, David Anenih has 4.5 sacks and Shaun Lewis has one interception.

The Bearcats are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Bearcats are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the road team is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 8-3-1 in Cougars last 12 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bearcats last 5 games overall.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have split their last 12 games ATS as a road favorite. The Houston Cougars have split their last eight games ATS as a home underdog. Houston lost a lot of its appeal with the loss of King at quarterback, putting a real damper on this offense and a team that's likely going to struggle even more for the rest of the year. The only reason to be hesitant with the Cincinnati Bearcats is that they're fresh off a win over the UCF Knights, one of the bigger recent wins for this program, so there's a potential letdown. However, I warned you guys about Cincinnati before the season started. We also hit on that Cincinnati - UCF game, as I mentioned they probably win outright. This is a really good Bearcats team and one that probably should win the AAC. As long as Cincinnati is focused, it wins and covers the reasonable number. 

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Randy’s Pick Cincinnati Bearcats -7

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