Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Free Pick - 10/3/13
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-2) at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (2-3)
NCAAF Football: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Malone Stadium)
The Line: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPNU HD
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travel to Malone Stadium to face the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Thursday.
Western Kentucky was thought to be a bit over matched against the Navy option but when the smoke had cleared it was the Midshipmen that were over matched. The Hilltoppers used a bruising rushing attack to beat Navy at their own game 19-7 in week five. The Hilltoppers out gain the Middies 417-183 behind 183 rushing yards from Antonio Andrews on 32 carries and a pair of trips to the end zone. Brandon Doughty was a near perfect 25-31 for 198 yards and an interception which was marked improvement over a guy who had been a turnover machine. All we need to know about the defense is the Navy option mustered a mere 103 yards and averaged less then 3 1/2 yards per carry.
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Louisiana-Monroe fell to 2-3 on the season with 31-14 loss to visiting Tulane as a 12 point favorite. Needless to say the high powered offense we saw from the Warhawks in 2012 is missing some of those weapons with the team averaging less than 20 points and struggling to establish the run. Both trends continued with ULM running for 25 yards and relying on the passing of Kolton Browning and Brayle Brown who combined to go 22-45 for 267 yards. The Warhawks were held to 293 total yards and less then 24 minutes of possession as the Green Wave controlled the clock with run first attack that ate up 253 yards. The Warhawks returned a punt 88 yards for one of their high lights but also saw a fumble returned for six.
Obviously the Hilltoppers need to begin stringing together some wins while Louisiana-Monroe has to find some rushing yards which should prove difficult here. If Doughty doesn't give the ball away I am favoring the visitors...