Memphis vs. WKU - 12/20/16 College Football Boca Raton Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis vs. WKU - 12/20/16 College Football Boca Raton Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

WKU Hilltoppers (10-3) at Memphis Tigers (8-4)

College Football: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

The Line: Memphis Tigers +4.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Memphis Tigers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet Tuesday night in the college football Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Football Stadium on ESPN.

The Memphis Tigers look for their ninth victory of the season to build momentum for next year. The Memphis Tigers hope to win their fifth bowl game in school history. Riley Ferguson is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,326 yards, 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ferguson has three or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Anthony Miller and Phil Mayhue have combined for more than 1,912 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Daniel Montiel has 25 receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 166.5 yards per contest, and Doroland Dorceus leads the way with 783 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 27 points and 442.7 yards per game. Jonathan Cook leads the Memphis Tigers with 81 tackles, Genard Avery has five sacks and Jahmahl Pardner has two interceptions.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for their eighth straight victory while winning their third straight bowl game. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 2-1 SU in bowl games in school history. Mike White is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 4,027 yards, 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. White has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Taywan Taylor and Nicholas Norris have combined for more than 2,839 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns while Nacarius Fant has 29 receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 180.5 yards per contest, and Anthony Wales leads the way with 1,376 yards and 24 touchdowns. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 24.1 points and 367.8 yards per game. Keith Brown leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 123 tackles, Nick Dawson-Brents has four sacks and Tacorian Darden has two interceptions.

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The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. CUSA and the over is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games following a ATS win. The Hilltoppers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. 

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are one of the hotter teams in the country with seven straight victories and are downright deadly on the offensive side of the ball. Memphis is more battle tested and does have a recent win over the ranked Houston Cougars, but I'm not sure the Tigers are consistent enought to keep up with Western Kentucky's offensive firepower. After all, the Hilltoppers have scored at least 30 or more points in 18 of their last 19 games and that one slip up came against Alabama. WKU and the reasonable chalk is the side I'm playing.

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Randy’s Pick WKU Hilltoppers -4.5

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