The No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats have finally crashed the College Football Playoff party, becoming the first Group of 5 to ever be ranked in the playoff field. There’s two more games for Cincinnati to navigate before officially becoming the first Group of 5 team to make the CFP. The first game comes against the East Carolina Pirates, who are on a four-game winning streak.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Cincinnati: 6 overall, 16 offense, 11 defense
East Carolina: 80 overall, 78 offense, 74 defense
K Cole Smith - questionable (undisclosed)
OL Jaquaez Powell - questionable (undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Cincinnati: 6-5 ATS
East Carolina: 7-3-1 ATS
Cincinnati: Over 5-6
East Carolina: Over 4-7
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Cincinnati: 48 overall, 50 offense, 50 defense
East Carolina: 74 overall, 71 offense, 78 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Cincinnati -14
Moneyline: Cincinnati -630, East Carolina +450
Opening line: Cincinnati -14
Opening total: 57.5
53 degrees, sunny, NW wind 17mph
East Carolina is the college football committee’s team this Friday, and the Pirates do come in winners of four straight. It’s a home game for East Carolina, which has pulled off some great upsets in the past. However, this Cincinnati team has too much to play for to lay an egg. I expect the Bearcats to put up more style points en route to the AAC championship game.
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