Mi­ami Ohio over Cincin­nati by 4

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With to­day’s bat­tle for western Ohio supremacy be­ing played at Paul Brown Sta­dium in Cincin­nati, it seems al­most sacre­li­gious to go against the Bearcats. Es­pe­cially after HC Luke Fick­ell’s hard re­cruit­ing paid ma­jor div­i­dends in Cincy’s 27-17 shocker over UCLA last week. To­day, though, they take on an an­gry host that lost at home last week as small home chalk to Mar­shall, even though the RedHawks won the stats. Mi­ami Ohio also lost to th­ese Bearcats at home last year as 3.5-point chalk, 21-17, mak­ing it 12 con­sec­u­tive de­feats in a row in this se­ries (gulp). Ac­tu­ally, we were sur­prised to see the RedHawks open up as the fa­vorite here but there is a rea­son why: ac­cord­ing to the well-oiled ma­chine, col­lege foot­ball teams in Game Two like Cincin­nati, off a SU un­der­dog win as +7 or more, are just when fac­ing a non-con­fer­ence foe that is seek­ing re­venge (now aren’t you glad you read this far?). A fi­nal bit of good news for Mi­ami is its 14-7 ATS record in games fol­low­ing a SU fa­vorite loss, and a 4-1 ATS mark the last five tiffs in this se­ries. After four los­ing sea­sons at the helm in Ox­ford, HC Chuck Martin knows an­other bad start this year could be his last.

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