The No. 6 Cincinnati Bearcats cannot be too thrilled with how this week’s initial College Football Playoff rankings reveal went heading into Saturday’s home matchup against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Cincinnati’s Playoff chances are not impossible, but just about everything has to turn in their favor for the Bearcats to even have an opportunity to crack the top four.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Cincinnati: 10 overall, 30 offense, 9 defense
Tulsa: 85 overall, 87 offense, 66 defense
No injuries to report
S Kendarin Ray - Questionable (foot)
S Cristian Williams - Questionable (undisclosed)
WR Keylon Stokes - Questionable (undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Cincinnati: 5-3 ATS
Tulsa: 3-5 ATS
Cincinnati: Over 4-4
Tulsa: Over 5-2-1
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Cincinnati: 48 overall, 50 offense, 50 defense
Tulsa: 88 overall, 83 offense, 100 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Cincinnati -22.5
Moneyline: Cincinnati -2000, Tulsa +1000
Opening line: Cincinnati -22
Opening total: 54.5
This probably would not have mattered much, but Cincinnati could have benefitted from blowing out each of their last two opponents in the Navy Midshipmen and Tulane Green Wave, both of which had just one win before playing the Bearcats. Instead, Cincinnati beat Navy by seven and and went into halftime leading Tulane by just two points. Now, the Bearcats are facing a step up in competition, and Tulsa has an offense that should keep the deficit under this point spread.
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