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Cincinnati Bearcats at Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Preview

31 December 2021

 

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Friday, December 31st Cincinnati Bearcats @ Alabama Crimson Tide

 

 

The college bowl season is starting to wrap up, but the two biggest games are set to take place on New Year’s Eve. The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Cincinnati Bearcats are set to square off in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in the first College Football Playoff semifinal.

Cincinnati comes into this game with a perfect 13-0 record on the year, and they are the lone undefeated team in the country. The Bearcats are the first Group of Five team to reach the CFP, but they are pretty significant underdogs.

Alabama is the defending CFP champion, and the Crimson Tide have become the betting favorite to win the title. The Crimson Tide stunned Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, and that should give them some momentum.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 13-point betting favorites over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

Young Putting Up Huge Numbers

Alabama has the Heisman Trophy winner this season, and it’s something that the Crimson Tide are used to. Quarterback Bryce Young threw 43 touchdowns to just four interceptions this season, and he will lead the Alabama offense.

Running the football hasn’t always come easy for the Crimson Tide, as they are averaging just 150 rushing yards per game. Alabama will have to find some offensive balance, but they have the ability to hit on some big plays.

The Crimson Tide defense has not been as dominant this season as they are allowing over 20 points per game. Alabama will have a pretty clear advantage in terms of size and strength in this matchup.

Bearcats Must Get Some Stops

Cincinnati allowed just 16 points per game this season, but they haven’t faced an offense like Alabama all season long. The Bearcats have some talent at all three levels of the defense, but that secondary is going to be in for a major challenge.

Running back Jerome Ford has found the end zone 19 times this season, and the Bearcats are going to run the football a ton in this game. Cincinnati has to go on some long drives to give their defense a chance to get a break.

Quarterback Desmond Ridder has a ton of confidence, and he won’t be afraid to take on the Alabama defense. The Bearcats can keep the pressure on Alabama if they are able to keep the game close.

Crimson Tide Crush Cincinnati

Cincinnati has been a dominant defense all season long, but they haven’t faced a team as good as Alabama. The Bearcats are going to attempt to control the tempo of this game, but that’s easier said than done against the Crimson Tide.

Bryce Young was the best college football player in the country during the regular season, and he will be ready to put on a show in this game. Alabama just has so many weapons, and they are going to take complete control of this matchup in the second half.

Bet the Alabama Crimson Tide -13.0 as they crush Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl Classic and advance to the CFP Championship Game.

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