WKU vs. Georgia State - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

WKU vs. Georgia State - 12/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

WKU Hilltoppers (6-6) at Georgia State Panthers (5-6)

College Football: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm (Camping World Stadium)

The Line: Georgia State Panthers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Georgia State Panthers meet Saturday in the college football AutoNation Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for a seventh victory of the season to finish above a .500 record for a seventh straight season. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 3-1 in bowl games in school history. Mike White is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,826 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. White has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Nacarius Fant and Lucky Jackson have combined for 1,226 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Deon Yelder has 47 receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 66 yards per contest, and D'Andre Ferby leads the way with 362 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 26.8 points and 373.7 yards per game. Joel Iyiegbuniwe leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 105 tackles, Derik Overstreet has two sacks and Joe Brown has two interceptions. 

The Georgia State Panthers head into this game splitting their last six games. The Georgia State Panthers have a chance to win their first ever bowl game in school history. Conner Manning is completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 2,870 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Manning has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Penny Hart and Glenn Smith have combined for 1,436 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Tamir Jones has 30 receptions. The Georgia State Panthers ground game is averaging 115 yards per contest, and Smith leads the way with 521 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia State is allowing 25.5 points and 391.4 yards per game. Trey Payne leads the Georgia State Panthers with 61 tackles, Marterious Allen has four sacks and Bryan Williams has four interceptions.

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The Hilltoppers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 22-7 in Panthers last 29 games overall and the over is 5-2 in Hilltoppers last 7 games overall.

There's reason to consider the Georgia State Panthers in this spot, as they should have a lot of motivation with finishing with a winning record and winning their first bowl game. The problem is Georgia State lost pretty much every time it stepped up in comp and lost big. WKU is a team that can score a lot of points and has proven itself with a much tougher schedule, so I'm not really worried about the slide it enters this game on. I'll take the Hilltoppers by a touchdown.

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Randy’s Pick Georgia State Panthers +6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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