Cincinnati Bearcats Football Odds

Bettors in Ohio can learn about the best Cincinnati Bearcats football odds despite sports betting not yet being available in the state. Governor Mike DeWine signed sports betting into law in Ohio last December, and a launch has been set for January 1, 2023. In the meantime, Ohio bettors will have to travel to a neighboring state to place bets on the team.

The Bearcats are coming off arguably the best season in the history of the school after becoming the first Group of Five teams to ever qualify for the College Football Playoffs. They will play one more year in the American Athletic Conference before moving to the Big 12 for the 2023 season.

For the latest Cincinnati Bearcats team news and betting information, check out the Ohio sports betting page.

Cincinnati Bearcats Football Odds At The Best Sportsbooks

After having an incredible, historic season in 2021, the expectations for the Cincinnati Bearcats appear to be much lower heading into the 2022 season. The odds of the Bearcats winning the National Championship in 2022 are:

Where Can You Bet On The Cincinnati Bearcats? 

Since sports betting will launch Jan. 1, 2023 in Ohio, bettors will have to travel to a neighboring state, i.e., Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania, if they want to place a bet on the Bearcats during 2022. Sportsbooks, either online or retail, will take bets on Cincinnati. Odds will vary from one sportsbook to the other in state and between states. But since sportsbooks all tend to have competitive odds, they will likely not differ too significantly. 

Online Sportsbooks That Could Come To Ohio

  • Caesars Sportsbook: Easily one of the most respected names in the business, Caesars is probably an excellent candidate to be among the first online sportsbooks to launch in Ohio once the state is ready. Caesars Entertainment owns and operates Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus.
  • WynnBET: Announced on January 21, 2022, that it had early market access in Ohio; it is currently live in Indiana, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia. 
  • Hard Rock Sportsbook: With a Hard Rock Casino located in Cincinnati, it is not hard to see Hard Rock launching once sports betting goes live. It is only active in Iowa and New Jersey but is expected to launch soon in Arizona. Hard Rock briefly launched in Florida but quickly suspended operations. 

Retail Sportsbooks In Ohio

Once sports betting goes live in Ohio, the following locations will likely be among the first to launch retail sports betting operations: 

  • Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center at 6301 Kellogg Road in Cincinnati is owned by Boyd Gaming, which has a market access deal with FanDuel.
  • Eldorado Scioto Downs is located outside of Columbus at 6000 S High Street and is owned by Caesars; it would be surprising if a retail location did not open here.
  • MGM Northfield Park at 10777 Northfield Rd in Northfield is owned by MGM International Resorts and helped create one of the most well-known online sports betting brands in the industry with the help of GVC Holdings — BetMGM.

Cincinnati Bearcats Schedule 2022

The Bearcats kickoff their 2022 schedule on the road against an up-and-coming Arkansas Razorbacks from the SEC. They will continue non-conference play vs. Kennsaw State before playing in-state rival Miami (OH) at Paycor Stadium, home of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.

Cincinnati is among the favorites in its final year of play in the American Athletic Conference. Their chief rivals are expected to be SMU and Houston with the title game being set for December 3, 2022.

  • @ Arkansas, Saturday, September 3 @ 3:30 ET
  • vs. Kennesaw State, Saturday, September 10 @ 3:30 ET
  • vs. Miami (OH), Saturday, September 17 @ 12:00 ET
  • vs. Indiana, Saturday, September 24 @ TBD
  • @ Tulsa, Saturday, October 1 @ TBD
  • vs. USF, Saturday, October 8 @ TBD
  • @ SMU, Saturday, October 22 @ TBD
  • @ UCF, Saturday, October 29 @ TBD
  • vs. Navy, Saturday, November 5 @ TBD
  • vs. East Carolina, Friday, November 11 @ TBD
  • @ Temple, Saturday, November 19 @ TBD
  • vs. Tulane, Saturday, November 26 @ TBD
  • AAC Championship Game – Saturday, December 3

Cincinnati Bearcats Betting News And Updates

  • June 2022: Cincinnati, along with UCF and Houston, will officially leave the AAC and join the Big 12 for the 2023 season.
  • Luke Fickell confirms to news outlets that his new contract runs through 2028 and pays him $5 million a year. The pool for his assistant coaches was increased to $5.2 million.
  • December 31, 2021: With a loss to Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, the Bearcats’ chance of becoming the first non-Power Five team to play for the National Championship.
  • December 5, 2021: CFP Committee names the Bearcats the No. 4 seed in the college football playoffs, making them the first non-Power Five team to qualify.
  • September 2021: Cincinnati accepts an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference.

How Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Odds Are Calculated  

Oddsmakers all have their own formula for calculating odds for a game. In general, we can say that they all use a combination of data related to the teams/game that could impact the outcome, advance math, various algorithms, and their own experience. Of course, how well the Bearcats are playing or are expected to play will also factor in. 

Once the opening line gets posted, sportsbooks will adjust as they deem necessary depending on new information and how the public bets. Let’s examine the odds for the CFP semifinal game (via Caesars) between Cincinnati and Alabama:

TeamsPoint SpreadMoneylineTotal (O/U)
Alabama-13.0 (-110)-475O 57.5 (-110)
Cincinnati+13.0 (-110)+360U 57.5 (-110)

Had Cincinnati kept it close and lost by less than 13-points, then bettors who had taken the Bearcats and the points would have won their bets. Those who took Alabama to win ATS had to bet $110 to win $100. Anyone that bet on Alabama and the moneyline had to risk $475 to win $100. Since the final score was just 27-6, bet on the underpaid out.  

Cincinnati Bearcats Moneyline Odds

The moneyline is a way to bet on a team straight up, and no point spreads are involved. But to make it worthwhile for bettors to take the underdog, the odds are set to make betting on underdogs and winning more profitable. For example, in the 2021 Cotton Bowl, the moneyline on the Bearcats was +360. 

That meant bettors stood to win $360 if they bet $100 and Cincinnati won. Bettors that took Alabama had to risk $475 to win $100. 

Cincinnati Bearcats Points Spread

The point spread is the margin of victory as predicted by oddsmakers. For the Cotton Bowl, the Bearcats were 13.0-point underdogs (+13.0), meaning Alabama was expected to win by 13-points. But for betting purposes, it meant bettors that took the Bearcats and the points got to add 13 points to the final score. Since Alabama won by 21, bets on Cincinnati to win ATS did not payout.

Cincinnati Bearcats Futures Odds

DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio+20000
FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio+25000
Caesars Sportsbook Ohio+20000

Cincinnati Bearcats Prop Bets

Prop bets, also known as proposition bets, is a wager based on whether something will or will not happen during a game or event. Common examples involving the Bearcats include first touchdown scorer, anytime touchdown scorer, passing yards, rushing yards, the first team to score, whether both teams will score in all four quarters, etc. 

However, when it comes to prop bets involving college teams, many states have restrictions from bans on props related to an individual player’s performance to a complete ban on college props. 

How To Bet On The Cincinnati Bearcats In Ohio 

Sports betting is not yet live in Ohio, but the process of placing a bet and being offered bonuses will likely be similar to what it is in other states. For example, this is how you would place a bet on DraftKings in Indiana:

  • Download the DraftKings Sportsbook app to your mobile device.
  • Register for a new account and make your first deposit.
  • Navigate to the page containing the Cincinnati Bearcats market you are interested in.
  • Click on the market.
  • Enter how much you wish to bet in the appropriate box when the betting slip appears.
  • Click on “place bet” to officially place your bet on the Bearcats.

Live Betting on the Cincinnati Bearcats In Ohio

Live betting is the latest craze to engage the world of sports betting. In states where it is legal, bettors can place wagers on events that transpire or do not transpire during the game. The types of available bets will depend on the sportsbook and state regulations. Ohio lawmakers have yet to draft the rules and regulations for sports betting in Ohio, so it remains to be seen whether live betting on college football will be allowed. 

How To Bet On The College Football Championship In Ohio 

Until sports betting launched in-state, bettors in Ohio will have to travel to a neighboring state (i.e., Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, West Virginia) to place a bet on the college football championship (bettors can place online bets in all five states). 

Bettors will be able to bet (futures) on whether the Bearcats will win the American Athletic Conference, the National Championship, or whether they will make the College Football Playoffs. As for prop bets, some states will allow them, and some will not or have restrictions (i.e., no prop bets on individual player performance). Once sports betting launches, bettors will likely be allowed to bet on the national championship whether the Bearcats are playing or not. 

Cincinnati Bearcats Stadium

The Cincinnati Bearcats play at Nippert Stadium at 174 West Corry Street, Cincinnati. The current stadium capacity is 40,000 with a major renovation occuring in 2015. The attendance record is 40,124 set on October 24, 2015; the Bearcats hosted the Connecticut Huskies and won 37-13. There are no plans to open a retail sportsbook at the stadium at this time.

Cincinnati Bearcats Odds FAQs

Do Ohio's legal sportsbooks offer bets on the Cincinnati Bearcats?

Ohio does not have any legal sportsbooks, but once sports betting does go live in the state, sportsbooks will undoubtedly take bets on the Cincinnati Bearcats.

How popular is betting on the Cincinnati Bearcats?

As one of the best college football teams in the country in recent years, the Cincinnati Bearcats are a popular team to bet on. They were 13-1 SU, 8-6 ATS during the 2021 season when they became the first Group of Five teams to qualify for the College Football Playoffs. 

What is the closest sportsbook to the Cincinnati Bearcats' stadium? 

The Barstool Sportsbook At Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, is roughly 31 miles from Nippert Stadium.

Do the Cincinnati Bearcats have any partnerships with a sportsbook?

The Bearcats have not partnered with a sportsbook.

Where can I bet on the College Football Championship in Ohio?

You cannot bet on the College Football Championship in Ohio yet. Sports betting was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on December 22, 2021, and will launch Jan. 1, 2023.

Is DraftKings legal in Ohio? 

No, DraftKings Sportsbook is not yet legal in Ohio. Sports betting has been legalized, and will launch Jan. 1, 2023. 

About the Author

Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver is a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, his love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.