Prediction: Middle Tennessee vs. WKU College Football Picks, Odds, 10/3/20
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WKU Hilltoppers (0-2) at Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Johnny (Red) Floyd Stadium)
The Line: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +7 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders meet in C-USA college football action from Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium on Saturday.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will be looking for their first win of the year after a 30-24 loss to Liberty last time out. Tyrell Pigrome leads the Hilltoppers at QB, throwing for 322 yards and 4 TDs on 57.3% passing while also leading the Hilltoppers in rushing with 130 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mitchell Tinsley leads WKU as the lone 100+-yard receiver, with 107 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns while Jahcour Pearson has 98 receiving yards and 9 catches. Defensively, Antwon Kincade has a team-high 19 total tackles with 11 assisted tackles while DeAngelo Malone has a team-high11 solo tackles this season.
The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be out to snap an 0-3 start to the season after a 37-35 loss to UTSA in their last game. Asher O’Hara has thrown for 527 yards, 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 66.7% passing while also leading the Blue Raiders in rushing with 124 rushing yards and a score. Jayy McDonald has 100 rushing yards and Chaton Mobley has 82 rushing yards and a pair of rushing TDs for the Blue Raiders as well. Jarrin Pierce far and away leads MTSU’s receiving group with 22 catches for 221 yards while DJ England-Chisholm, Yusuf Ali and Jaylin Lane each have a receiving score this season. Defensively, Reed Blankenship leads Middle Tennessee with 22 total tackles while Gregory Grate Jr. has a team-high 15 solo tackles as part of his 21 total tackles this season.
Western Kentucky is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 conference games while the under is 11-4 in their last 15 road games. Middle Tennessee is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 conference games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss.
It’s odd to see an 0-2 team favored on the road, but when the other team is 0-3 and has looked as bad as Middle Tennessee has, it begins to make sense. The Blue Raiders haven’t been able to figure it out, which is a bit shocking (at least for me) considering how high the ceiling looked for O’Hara at times. I’m not reading too much into Middle Tennessee battling UTSA as the Roadrunners are 3-0 because of a soft schedule up to this point. Western Kentucky’s been the more battle tested of the two sides and with the way Pigrome has been throwing the ball well, I think WKU can win this one by at least a TD. Give me the HIlltoppers here and lay the points.