The Thursday’s top matchup in college football has the undefeated Miami Hurricanes traveling to Cincinnati to take on the 2 and 2 Bearcats. The week 5 college football spread has Miami as 6-point spread betting favorites over Cincinnati.
Even though Miami is undefeated, they haven’t yet secured a Top 25 ranking. They are 2 and 1 against the spread, which is a good sign for them since they face Cincinnati as a close to -6 point road favorite. Cincinnati has gone 1 and 3 so far this season. They barely beat the spread versus Memphis in their last game when losing by 7 points, 46 to 53, as a +7.5 point road dog.
How To Bet The Miami Hurricanes Vs Cincinnati Bearcats College Football Week 5 Spread
What: Miami (FL) Hurricanes (3-0) at Cincinnati Bearcats (2-2)
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Kickoff: 7:30 PM ET
Where: Cincinnati, OH
Stadium: Nippert Stadium
Weather: 64°/ Decreasing Cloudiness
Spread: Miami -6
Moneyline: Miami (FL) -230 vs Cincinnati +190
Game Total: 68
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Miami (FL) vs Cincinnati
Why Bet On Miami FL (-6) to Beat Cincinnati
The Hurricanes are finally worth betting on again
Miami Florida has been playing very well of late. The Hurricanes appear to have found a suitable replacement for last year’s star running back Duke Johnson. Joseph Yearby already has 311 rushing yards and 110 receiving yards this season. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry versus Nebraska in Miami’s last game, a 36 to 33 win.
Cincinnati’s defense isn’t as close to being as good as Nebraska’s. The Bearcats allow 390 yards and 32.5 points per game on average. When Miami isn’t running it with Yearby, quarterback Brad Kaaya has the ability to lead an offense that averages close to 475 yards per game and 41.7 points per. Kaaya isn’t a very good rusher and he only completes around 62% of his passes. But, he’s only thrown one interception this season, meaning that his decision-making has been on point. Miami Florida should put some points on the board in this game versus such a porous defense.
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Why Bet On Cincinnati to Beat Miami FL (-6)
The Bearcats ran 100 offensive plays for 752 yards vs. Memphis. Can Miami handle that pace?
The only real chance that Cincinnati has of upsetting Miami Florida at home on Thursday night is to go toe-to-toe with Miami’s offense. The Bearcats are very good at putting points on the board. They’re not so good at stopping other teams from scoring against them.
While Cincinnati’s defense has trouble stopping anybody from getting into the end zone, their offense is, statistically, the third ranked offense in all of college football. The Bearcats average a whopping 622.5 yards per game. That ranks Cincinnati third in total yardage per game. Cincinnati averages 412 passing yards per game. QB Gunner Keil, the Notre Dame transfer, suffered his second straight head injury in Cincinnati’s last game, a loss to Memphis. His status is uncertain for this game.
Cincinnati should still be able to put up points in this since Hayden Moore, Keil’s back-up, has proven efficient. But scoring points against Memphis is one thing. Scoring enough against Miami Florida is another. The Hurricanes should cover the spread. My final score prediction is Miami FL 47, Cincinnati 32.