- The Arkansas Razorbacks are -240 favorites to hand the Cincinnati Bearcats their first regular season loss since the 2019 season.
- The Bearcats lost Desmond Ridder, Sauce Gardner, and four defensive players to the 2022 NFL Draft and are 6.5-point underdogs for the first game of the season.
- The game point total is set at 52 and the Razorbacks hit the over in seven of their 2021 regular season games and the Bearcats scored over 30 in nine of theirs.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The college football season officially kicks off over the weekend and the Bearcats and Razorbacks start the betting off with a top 25 matchup. Arkansas is the current favorite to win the game, with KJ Jefferson returning as their starting QB.
While the Bearcats have not announced their official starting QB for the game, the Razorbacks have an edge with JK Jefferson starting for the second straight season. The Junior QB threw for 3,578 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2021. Being a dual-threat QB, Jefferson rushed for 554 yards and five touchdowns, leading the team in rushing yards and attempts.
The Bearcats have not lost a regular-season game since the 2019 season, but have lost many players that were key to Cincinnati’s college football success. Without Desmond Ridder at QB and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner at WR, the Bearcats will not have the same toughness, giving sports betting value to the Arkansas team that is building off of last season’s 8-4 regular season success.
Betting on the Game Props
Out of Arkansas’s total seven wins during the 2021 season, only three of them were won by less than seven points. With a 6.5 spread to cover, there is value on the Razorbacks covering the spread against a Bearcats team that lost four players to the 2022 NFL Draft. Arkansas went 7-4-1 ATS during the 2021 regular season.
During the 2021 season, the Bearcats hit the over in six of their regular season games and scored over 30 points in nine of them. There is value betting on the 52-point total for the matchup, with the Razorbacks hitting the over in seven of their 2021 regular season games.
Other Betting Prop with Value
Team To Score First
- Arkansas -154
- Cincinnati +116
First Score of the Game is a TD
- Yes -313
- No +204
Defensive or Special Teams TD Scored
- Yes +208
- No -295
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