Cincinnati Betting Odds Preview
The Bearcats wrapped up their final season in the now-defunct Big East with a share of the conference title at 5-2 straight-up.
After reeling off five straight victories to start the season they added five more wins in their last eight games to finish 10-3 SU on the year. Cincinnati closed out its season with a 48-34 win over Duke as a 9-point favorite in the Belke Bowl.
Tommy Tuberville takes over the reins as head coach of the Bearcats this season and has already set the bar high for his new team. Last season, they ranked 30th in the nation in rushing with an average of 201.5 yards a game. While George Winn did most of the damage with 1,334 yards it will be up to Ralph Abernathy to carry the load this year after adding 366 yards in a backup role. Brendon Kay is expected to take most of the snaps at quarterback, but also look for Munchie Legaux to remain in the mix.
The two combined for 238.8 passing yards a game in 2012. Both players proved to be duel threats with each adding another 300 yards on the ground. One of the main strengths of this team last season was a defense that held opponents to an average of 18.5 points a game, but Tuberville will have to rebuild much of the front seven.
The good news is that linebacker Greg Blair returns after leading the team in tackles last season with 138. The Bearcats were a solid team to wager on in 2012 with a 9-4 overall record against the spread. They were just 4-3 ATS at home; however they did cover in five of six road games. The total stayed UNDER in three of their last five games.
AAC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 8
South Florida 33/1