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Betting line favors Bearcats over Mustangs

Southern Methodist MustangsCincinnati Bearcats
3-4November 09, 2013, 03:33 | Nippert Stadium6-2

The NCAAF betting menu features a clash between Cincinnati and Southern Methodist on Saturday, with the host Bearcats trying to win both for fans supporting them and bettors backing them.

The Bearcats are 6-2 so far on the season, and 4-4 ATS vs. the number. The Mustangs, meanwhile, are 3-4 and 2-5 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Cincinnati go 5-3 and the Mustangs go 6-1 on the totals.

View Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Bearcats sat as -10.5-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 68-rated Mustangs taking on the No. 35-rated Bearcats in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 44-21 win for the Bearcats on Saturday.

Brendon Kay's 321-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Cincinnati earned a 34-21 win over Memphis on Wednesday at Liberty Bowl.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cincinnati's No. 38-ranked offense, averaging 34 PPG, against a Mustangs defense that ranks No. 120 this week at 42 PPG. The Bearcats aerial game is averaging 281.88 yards per game, less than the Mustangs secondary allows through the air, 290.29 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Mustangs feature the league's No. 54-rated road run defense, allowing 164.67 yards per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, ranks No. 32 in rushing offense at home.

A few Mustangs at Bearcats trends to consider:
Southern Methodist is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Southern Methodist's last 7 games
Southern Methodist is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Cincinnati is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 7 games
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Southern Methodist at Connecticut, Saturday, November 16th
Cincinnati at Rutgers, Saturday, November 16th