Expert Pick: Cincinnati vs. Army - 9/26/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Expert Pick: Cincinnati vs. Army - 9/26/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Army Black Knights (2-0) at Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Nippert Stadium)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Army Black Knights and the Cincinnati Bearcats meet in college football action from Nippert Stadium on Saturday.

The Army Back Knights will look to remain unbeaten after improving to 2-0 on the year following a 37-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe in their last game. Christian Anderson leads Army’s option offense in rushing with 146 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns while Jakobi Buchanan has 139 rushing yards with a pair of scores and Tyrell Robinson has 120 rushing yards. Sandon McCoy has 97 yards and a team-high 4 touchdowns as well. Defensively, Cedrick Cunningham leads the Army defense with 13 total tackles including a team-high 7 solo tackles while Jon Rhattigan has 12 total tackles and 1.5 sacks this season with an interception.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will be looking to build on a 55-20 win over Austin Peay last time out in their season opener. Desmond Ridder threw for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 of 19 passing while Ben Bryant had 53 yards and a TD on 4 of 7 passing. Ridder also led the Bearcats in rushing with 57 rushing yards while Bryant had 55 rushing yards and a ground score. Charles Mcfarland had 47 rushing yards while Jerome Ford had 28 yards with a touchdown and Gerrid Doaks had 20 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Doaks led the Bearcats in receiving with 4 catchs for 64 yards and a touchdown while Josh Whyte had 61 receiving yards with a TD and Tre Tucker had a receiving score as well. Defensively, Ahmad Gardner led the Bearcats with 8 total tackles while Jarell White had 1.5 tackles for a loss, part of 9 Cincinnati tackles for a loss in the game.

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Army is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games. Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Head-to-head, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I get why Cincinnati would be favored I guess, being at home, but even then there still aren’t any fans in the stands or nothing close to a full house even if there are and while the Bearcats have been solid defensively, I just don’t see why the Bearcats are THIS heavily favored here. Sure, Cincinnati took it to Austin Peay, but Army’s suffocated their opponents, allowing just 7 points in two games (including a Louisiana-Monroe team that’s not great defensively but can sure score points in bunches) while dominating on the score board which isn’t always seen with the option offense. I just wouldn’t be surprised if we saw another tight game and even another outright Army win here so I’ll take the points and the Black Knights in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Army +13.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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