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Houston Cincinnati : College Free Pick Thursday 9/15

Houston Cincinnati

College football Thursday roars in with Houston Cincinnati in a game pegged pretty close by the oddsmakers.  Glad to see all here at HRWager once again as Week Three in NCAAF starts up.  Cougar nation is riding high with their #6 ranking as they roll into Bearcats territory.  The spread on this one has the high powered Houston machine as only a - 7 1/2 point favorite.  What is the status of their stellar quarterback for this one?  Let us find in this 7:30 PM start this evening on ESPN.

Houston Cincinnati : Greg Ward

QB for the Cougars is cleared to play.  AAC conference action for Houston starts with this team.  Ward has dynamics that can not be replaced on the field.  An opening line of -7 has only inched to -7 1/2.  Part of this is the history between these two teams as of late.  Last three meetings have had combined winning margins totaling just 18 points.  Even when Houston was rolling and hosted the game last year, they could only win 33-30.  Bearcats have dominated this series until last year.  This has given the sharps plenty of pause to pull the trigger in this one.

 

Bearcats Keep it Close?

Decent win against Purdue has Cincinnati (2-0) performing well.  Short weeks tend to be great equalizers for home teams and those that are underdogs.  One cause for concern in this one is Hayden Moore.  He played well for him and got 250 yards and two touchdowns.  Alas, his completion rate clipped in at 19 for 32.  In the face of all the exotic and aggressive blitz packages that Houston can throw at them, will the lack of safe reliable passes be the Bearcats undoing?

So many trends one has to go against taking Houston - 7 1/2 but it is the right play.  Best defense that can just pin their ears back is the Cougar unit.  Little effort was given in their layup win.  This is their special season where they are trying to break the Power Five hold on the college football playoff.  They need a double digit win here and they will get it.  Burn the fuel now and worry about it later is the attitude in Houston.  Take Cougars - 7 1/2 in this one.  Good fortune and we will see you next time here at HRWager.