NCAAF Betting: 2021 Cincinnati Bearcats Calendar Betting Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on July 26, 2021 in

We are almost a month away from the start of the 2021 college football season. This year, things should look more normal with full-capacity stadiums and the pre-game and post-game festivities that make attending a college football game appealing. 

Win totals, championship odds, and other betting lines have been out for some time now, and today we will take a look at the Cincinnati Bearcats schedule, NCAAF betting odds, and more for the Bearcats’ 2021 season.

Cincinnati Bearcats Calendar Odds & Preview for the 2021 Season

Cincinnati Bearcats 2020 in Review

Cincinnati put together an undefeated regular season and took home the American Athletic Conference Championship title. The 9-0 regular season mark pushed the Bearcats national ranking to 8th in the country and top Group of Five team under fourth-year head coach Luke Fickell. 

Cincinnati fell on a last-second field goal to the Georgia Bulldogs (24-21) in the Peach Bowl. The New Year’s Six bowl appearance was the first for the Bearcats in the College Football Playoff era.

Cincinnati Bearcats Odds for 2021

The Bearcats are +8500 to take home the national title. The Bearcats have the best odds of any Group of Five team.

Cincinnati’s AAC schedule is favorable for another perfect record. The Bearcats host UCF, Tulsa, and SMU and won’t face Memphis during the regular season. Cincinnati’s win total project is 10, with the over and under both at -115.

Cincinnati Bearcats 2021 Schedule

The first thing you’d notice glancing at the Bearcats’ 2021 season is a pair of challenging non-conference games against Indiana and Notre Dame. Both of these contests will be on the road and back-to-back with a bye week in between.

Cincinnati’s conference slate shakes up nicely for the Bearcats. Memphis, one of the top conference teams last season, isn’t on the Bearcats’ regular-season schedule. Tulsa also went undefeated in conference play in 2020 and lost to Cincinnati in the AAC title game. Cincinnati gets the Golden Hurricanes at home.

UCF and SMU also will travel to Nippert Stadium to battle the Bearcats. Cincinnati kicks off the season on September 4th with a home bout against Miami (OH).

Cincinnati’s Schedule

  • Sept 4 – vs. Miami (OH)
  • Sept 11 – vs. Murray State
  • Sept 18 – at Indiana
  • Oct 2 – at Notre Dame
  • Oct 8 – vs. Temple
  • Oct 16 – vs. UCF
  • Oct 23 – at Navy
  • Oct 30 – at Tulane
  • Nov 6 – vs. Tulsa
  • Nov 12 – at USF
  • Nov 20 – vs. SMU
  • Nov 27 – at ECU

2021 Season Prediction

The Bearcats should roll into Bloomington with a 2-0 record before facing the Hoosiers. Cincinnati returns enough talent to challenge Indiana on the road and give the Fighting Irish a challenge two weeks later. A win versus either of those teams gives the Bearcats a statement victory and enhances their chances of a playoff bid.

Once through the non-con portion of the schedule, the Bearcats should be favored in every matchup. With Fickell in command and the returning AAC Player of the Year in quarterback Desmond Ritter, expect Cincinnati to begin the season highly ranked and stay there for most of the season.