Cincinnati Bearcats vs Vanderbilt Commodores Odds
The Liberty Bowl has been dominated by underdogs in recent years and Vanderbilt Commodores will try to end that tradition for college football bettors against the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Underdogs are 6-1 ATS the past seven Liberty Bowls while the UNDER has also been a reliable play at 9-3 past 12 games. [ Full Liberty Bowl odds preview and matchup trends ]
Zac Stacy is the Vandy engine on offense and he finished with 1,136 yards and 13 touchdowns on 183 carries. It's just the fifth career bowl game for the Commodores.
Betting Line: The Commodores were listed as 1.5-point favorites at sportsbooks on the opening Liberty Bowl line. The total was 48.5 at shops such as TopBet (where a free $25 BCS bowl wager awaits new customers).
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vanderbilt's No. 61-ranked offense (26.9 PPG) against a Bearcats defense that ranks No. 20 at 20 PPG. The Commodores passing attack has averaged 175.2 yards per game, less than the Bearcats give up through the air (268.9 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Bearcats feature the league's No. 24-rated road run defense, allowing 126.8 yards per game. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, ranks No. 24 in rushing offense at home.
Cincinnati won its last outing, a 35-27 result against Connecticut on December 3. Cincinnati earned a push in that game as a 8-point favorite, while the 62 combined points took the game OVER the total.
Vanderbilt won its last outing, a 41-7 result against Wake Forest on November 26. Vanderbilt covered in that game as a 1-point underdog, while the 48 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When an underdog on the road are 4-6
Vanderbilt Commodores Trends:
When playing in December are 1-1
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When favored at home are 6-4
A few Bearcats at Commodores trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
Cincinnati is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Vanderbilt's last 7 games
Vanderbilt is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games