Cincinnati vs. Houston: Prediction, pick, AAC Championship Game spread, odds, live stream, watch online, TV

No. 4 Cincinnati, again the Cinderella story of the college football season, has one final chance to state an emphatic College Football Playoff case on Saturday in a battle against No. 21 Houston in the AAC Championship Game. The Bearcats already hold the highest ranking by a Group of Five team in the playoff era and capped off their second consecutive undefeated regular season with a 35-13 demolition of 7-5 East Carolina behind 136 yards receiving from senior Alec Pierce. 

Houston has also been dominant in 2021, winning eight of its games by double-figures. In the final AAC game against Memphis, the Cougars cruised 31-13 behind a seven-catch, 100-yard receiving game from star receiver Nathaniel “Tank” Dell. Quarterback Clayton Tune improved dramatically in 2021, jumping to 69% completion, clearing 3,000 passing yards and adding 28 total touchdowns. 

The Bearcats should theoretically slide into the playoff with a win, while Houston could likely steal the Group of Five’s guaranteed New Year’s Six slot with a win. The battle also pits future Big 12 opponents against each other years before they enter the conference. Houston holds a 15-12 edge all-time between these two teams, but the Bearcats crushed UH 38-10 behind 342 yards rushing and four touchdowns in 2020. 

Cincinnati vs. Houston: Need to know

Dominant champions: Since Houston lost to Texas Tech in the opener, the Cougars have been far and away the best team in the AAC not named Cincinnati. The teams have combined to win 23 games since that opener and blow through conference play. While much has been written about Cincinnati’s success, Houston has won four straight games by double-digits, dating back to a 44-37 win over then-No. 19 SMU. It’s a true heavyweight title fight. 



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