The No. 19 Arkansas Razorbacks host the No. 23 Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday in a Week 1 college football game between the top 25 teams. Which team will win?
Which team will win the game?
Check out these picks and predictions for the game, which is scheduled to kick off at 12:30pm MST and can be seen on ESPN.
Arkansas is a 6.5-point favorite in the game, according to Tipico Sportsbook.
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Pete Fiutak writes: “Grinding won’t be a problem for the home team. Cincinnati held up well last year by dominating in the red zone: the D occasionally bent, but didn’t break, was third in the nation in takeout, and now he’s going up against a team and style that led the SEC in the fewest turnovers. This may not be pretty, but Arkansas will claw their way to victory. Hog QB KJ Jefferson is a huge key here. He doesn’t have to be the best player on the field, but he probably will be.”
He writes: “Home ground should be a significant asset for a Razorbacks team that comes in with high expectations. The Bearcats should suffer disappointment after an unlikely playoff run last season. Coach Fickell won’t let his team slip too far.” player rotation notwithstanding, but the Bearcats can expect some growing pains in Week 1. Both teams will likely lean on their running game, and KJ Jefferson will miss star wide receiver Treylon Burks, who caught 66 passes for 1,104 yards and 11 TDs in 2021. The Razorbacks’ #2 wide receiver had just 24 receptions for 337 yards and two TDs.”
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Odds Jam: Take Arkansas to cover against Cincinnati in the Week 1 game
Christian Beauchamp writes, “I think all signs point to the Arkansas Razorbacks dominating this Week 1 game. The Razorbacks return to their star quarterback, while the Bearcats look to replace many key contributors, including quarterback Desmond Ridder. Arkansas should also be buoyed by a raucous home crowd hoping for another successful season. Ultimately, I think this Cincinnati team has too many new players in key positions. My prediction is that the Bearcats will be overwhelmed by an experienced team from Arkansas playing at home. I like the Razorbacks to win by at least two scores.”
Shark odds: Cincinnati 41, Arkansas 25.6
The site predicts that the Bearcats will win the Week 1 game and that the total will be surpassed.
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He writes: “Cincinnati will have a hard time repeating last season’s success as their best overall offensive player, quarterback Desmond Ridder, is no longer on the team. Arkansas is expected to have another strong team led by quarterback KJ Jefferson field. Arkansas will use a strong running game to wear down the Bearcats defense and Arkansas’ defense against the run will force Cincinnati to pass more often than usual, leading to turnovers.”
Cappers Picks: Take Arkansas to cover vs. Cincinnati on Saturday
He writes, “Cincinnati comes into this one with a lot of new pieces in place, and while Luke Fickell will surely train this group and put it in place, a new signal-caller will make his first start in what will be a very hostile environment.” Fayetteville will be packed and rocking, and the home crowd themselves will play a big part in this one.This isn’t an ideal place to start your first run, and if the Hogs fan presence reaches Evan Prater, Cincy could find herself in a little problem”.
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247 Sports: Arkansas 34, Cincinnati 24
Brad Crawford writes, “The hype meter is rising for the Razorbacks this offseason thanks to a roster many believe Sam Pittman could lead to a possible No. 2 seed in the SEC West behind Alabama next season. With the return of the quarterback KJ Jefferson along with several key players Additions to the transfer portal, Arkansas looks to build on the success of 2021 with remarkable confidence This isn’t the same Cincinnati team that has had back-to-back undefeated regular seasons under Luke Fickell, but you can bet that the Bearcats are using the naysayers as fuel heading into Game 1 with an opportunity for national attention against an SEC opponent.”
ESPN: Arkansas has a 59.6% chance of winning the game against Cincinnati
The site gives Cincinnati a 40.4% chance of winning away from home in the Week 1 college football game.
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