Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs. WKU Hilltoppers - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
WKU Hilltoppers (3-3) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm (Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders -2.5 -- Over/Under: 70.5 See the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in a C-USA college football game on Saturday.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are 4-1 (2-0) this season after beating North Texas by a score of 30-13 in their last game. Middle Tennessee gained over 470 total yards and was able to fight off a pesky North Texas team for the win. The Middle Tennessee offense is averaging 37.6 points per game with 175.8 rushing yards and 352.6 passing yards per game. Brent Stockstill is completing 61.7% of his passes for 1657 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for Middle Tennessee. I’Tavius Mathers has rushed for 582 yards and 8 touchdowns, while Terelle West has added 119 yards for the Blue Raiders. Richie James has caught 41 passes for 553 yards and 3 scores, while Ty Lee has caught 22 passes for 229 yards and 4 touchdowns for Middle Tennessee. The Middle Tennessee defense is giving up 23 points per game with 150 rushing yards and 220.6 passing yards per game. Darius Harris has led the Middle Tennessee defense with 42 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and .5 sacks, while Shaq Huff has added 18 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Canon Rooker has gone 7-9 on field goals for Middle Tennessee, with a long of 46 yards.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 3-3 (1-1) this season after losing to Louisiana Tech by a score of 55-52 in their last game. Western Kentucky allowed over 550 total yards and wasn’t able to complete the 4th quarter comeback. The Western Kentucky offense is averaging 36.5 points per game with 133.3 rushing yards and 325 passing yards per game. Mike White is completing 65.8% of his passes for 1707 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Western Kentucky. Anthony Wales has rushed for 424 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Quinton Baker has added 233 yards and 1 touchdown for the Hilltoppers. Taywan Taylor has caught 42 passes for 673 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Nicholas Norris has caught 36 passes for 560 yards and 8 scores for Western Kentucky. The WKU defense is giving up 27.5 points per game with 102.8 rushing yards and 291.2 passing yards per game. Keith Brown has led the Western Kentucky defense with 58 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks, while Joey Iyiegbuniwe has added 28 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. Skyler Simcox has gone 3-4 on field goals, with a long of 50 yards.
Western Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 6-2 in Western Kentucky’s last 8 road games. Middle Tennessee is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 October games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The under is 6-1 in Middle Tennessee’s last 7 conference games. The over is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 meetings.
This should be a very entertaining game to watch, as both teams can score a lot of points. Both teams average over 35 points per game on offense, so which defense will step up? Middle Tennessee has allowed fewer points per game this season, while Western Kentucky gave up 55 points in their last game. I like Middle Tennessee to win this game in a shootout because I think they have the better defense.