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Cincinnati vs. Arkansas picks and best bets for Week 1

The Cincinnati Bearcats and Arkansas Razorbacks meet Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know for the game and a pick.

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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Arkansas Razorbacks face off at 3:30 p.m ET on Saturday, Sept. 3. Both teams are coming off of the best seasons that each of their respective programs have seen in a long time. Cincinnati went 13-1 and made a trip to the College Football Playoff, while Arkansas went 9-4 and won the Outback Bowl. The Bearcats are now without star QB Desmond Ridder and CB Sauce Gardner as they travel to Fayetteville, which could change the landscape of their game plan going forward.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Cincinnati: No. 16 overall, No. 16 offense, No. 29 defense
Arkansas: No. 14 overall, No. 22 offense, No. 18 defense

Injury update


WR Jadon Haselwood - probable (undisclosed)
QB Kade Renfro - questionable (knee)
RB Dominique Johnson - out indefinitely (knee)


Against The Spread

Cincinnati: 0-0 ATS
Arkansas: 0-0 ATS


Cincinnati: Over 0-0
Arkansas: Over 0-0

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Cincinnati: No. 52 overall, No. 47 offense, No. 57 defense
Arkansas: No. 27 overall, No. 26 offense, No. 32 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Arkansas -6.5
Total: 53.5
Moneyline: Arkansas -255, Cincinnati +215

Opening line: Arkansas -7.5
Opening total: 54.5


82 degrees, 7 MPH wind, 15% chance of rain

The Pick

Arkansas -6.5

Arkansas returns quarterback K.J Jefferson and a few other starters on offense that should give them the edge in this one. Cincinnati will have to replace its best players from last year in Gardner, Coby White, and Ridder. They may have talent, but it will take them some time to gel, and going on the road to start is no easy task. Woo Pig Sooie!

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