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Cincinnati favorite on the road against Notre Dame

Cincinnati has lost 1 game in the last two seasons, a 24-21 loss to Georgia in last year's Peach Bowl. Yet, they haven't been ranked in the top-5 once. They simply lack the pedigree that Power 5 schools have and as a result they aren't given as much credit for their wins over bad teams as the likes of Clemson and Oklahoma have.

Well, now Cincy has a shot to solidify themselves as a top-tier team in the country. After defeating Indiana last week, they travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame. A win over them and the committee would have to take notice... right?

Odds

To the shock of many, Cincinnati is the favorite on the road against Notre Dame. They're 2 point favorites, and they're given -120 odds to win the game outright. That's an implied 54.5% chance to win the game. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is given +110 odds, or a 47.6% chance to pull off the upset.

Matchup History

Cincinnati and Notre Dame have played each other just once in their long histories. That game came in October of 1900, Cincy lost 58-0. But, what does one game 121 years ago mean for this one?

Conclusion

This is a must win for not just Cincinnati, but for Group of 5 teams. If they can win this game and use that to catapult them into contention for a playoff spot then the committee will have no reason to discriminate against Group of 5 teams anymore.

They have a chance to make a real statement on Saturday. One that could send shockwaves throughout the NCAA.