First team to score, several TD scorers

Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder is featured in our favorite Cotton Bowl props (Photo by James Black / Icon Sportswire)

It’ll be a tough climb for the Cincinnati Bearcats when they face the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Cotton Bowl. Both teams have strong defenses and prolific attacks, which could be an entertaining start to the college football playoffs. It could also mean profit opportunities for bettors – if they pick the right accessories.

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Cincinnati vs. Alabama Game Accessories

First to score in the Cotton Bowl: Cincinnati +150 (Caesars), Alabama -175 (DraftKings)

The Bearcats have scored eight times this season in their first practice of the game – seven touchdowns and one field goal. Of those touchdowns, two came on big plays over 50 yards. It’s easier to see them score first on Alabama via a big play rather than driving the ball down the field.

The Alabama defense allowed points on the opposing first down three times (two baskets and a touchdown).

The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, scored six times in their first possession of the game, including a punt return for a touchdown in one. But they haven’t scored on their first try in the last five games; in fact, they didn’t score their first points against Georgia until the second quarter.

10 point race: Cincinnati +230 (BetMGM), Alabama -350 (BetMGM)

Alabama have beaten their opponents by 10 points nine times this season; Cincinnati has done it 10 times. However, there were several occasions where the Bearcats fell short of 10 before the second quarter. Alabama have beaten their top five opponents by 10 points, but have only done so four times in the last eight games.

To score 2+ touchdowns in the Cotton Bowl (FanDuel)

Jameson Williams +220

Williams has scored in nine of 13 games this season and had more than one touchdown in four (including three of his last four games). With John Metchie out, there’s a good chance the passing game in Alabama will go through him even more. However, Cincinnati has given up 10 passing touchdowns all season and will likely focus on stopping Williams.

Brian Robinson +230

Robinson hasn’t been in the end zone since the New Mexico State game in mid-November, when he rushed nine times for 99 yards and two touchdowns. It was his fifth multi-touchdown game (three against Tennessee, three against Mississippi State, four against Mississippi, two against Florida). As a threat in the run-and-pass game, his odds improve, and it doesn’t hurt that Alabama’s running game goes almost entirely through him.

Cameron Latu +1 300

Latu has two multi-touchdown games under his belt this season, but both were earlier this year (against Miami and Southern Miss). Since then, the tight end has had multiple receptions in just two games (against Tennessee and Arkansas). There is always the possibility that he will become a bigger part of the offense with Metchie out as Cincinnati will undoubtedly focus on Jameson Williams.

Bryce Young +2900

Young is not a double threat quarterback. With his 71 rushing attempts, he only gained 31 yards. He’s capable, however, as he’s proven against Tennessee (10 runs for 42 yards and two touchdowns) and Georgia (three runs for 40 yards and one touchdown). As one of Alabama’s top playmakers, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him try to make a few more plays with his legs in the biggest game of the year.

Jerome Ford +490

Ford has scored in every game but one this season and has several touchdowns in six (including the AAC title game against Houston). Cincinnati won’t quit racing just because Alabama has one of the best running defenses in the country. Next to Riddler, he’s the team’s best playmaker, making his number likely to be called early and often.

Desmond Riddler +1800

Riddler hasn’t had a multi-rush touchdown game this season, but the Bearcats won’t hesitate to run the ball through their star quarterback. He ranks second on the team for rush attempts with 100 (Ford had 200). With a chance to continue making history by beating Alabama and reaching the title game, Riddler will do whatever it takes to have the best game of his life.

Josh Whyle +3500

Whyle has had multiple touchdowns twice this season (two against Navy and Tulane), but was limited to one reception in five games. Tight ends make great targets in the red zone. However, Cincinnati is more likely to look to Ford than Whyle when the Bearcats are within scoring range (or anyone else in the passing game).

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