Marshall Thundering Herd (2-0) at WKU Hilltoppers (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Houchens-Smith Stadium)
The Line: WKU Hilltoppers +5 -- Over/Under: 50 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet Saturday in week 6 college football action at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
The Marshall Thundering Herd look for another victory to start 3-0 for the first time since the 2014 CFB season. The Marshall Thundering Herd have lost three of their last five road games. Grant Wells is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 470 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Wells enters the game with 48 career pass attempts under his belt. Xavier Gaines and Broc Thompson have combined for 221 receiving yards and one touchdown while Talik Keaton has three receptions. The Marshall Thundering Herd ground game is averaging 249 yards per contest, and Brenden Knox leads the way with 223 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 3.5 points and 265 yards per game. Tavante Beckett leads the Marshall Thundering Herd with 24 tackles, Darius Hodge has 2.5 sacks and Steven Gilmore has one interception.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for back-to-back victories to get to a .500 record. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won four of their last six home games. Tyrrell Pigrome is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 498 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Pigrome has five touchdown passes in his last two games. Mitchell Tinsley and Jahcour Pearson have combined for 213 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Xavier Lane has nine receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 1223 yards per contest, and Pigrome leads the way with 197 yards on 47 carries. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 27.3 points and 431 yards per game. Antwon Kincade leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 25 tackles, DeAngelo Malone has two sacks and Omari Alexander has one interception.
The Thundering Herd are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games as a favorite and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Thundering Herd last 5 road games. The over is 6-2 in Hilltoppers last 8 games overall. The Thundering Herd are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Marshall looked sharp in its first two games, which included a win over a ranked Appalachian State, but it's hard to get a proper feel for this club considering it hasn't played in about three weeks. Western Kentucky has found a bit of a rhythm, has gotten better in each of its last three games and is coming off a feel good win over Middle Tennessee on the road. This season due to COVID and teams not playing or practicing normally, there's value in backing teams that have been able to play a normal schedule. I can't back Marshall on the road here due to so much time off. WKU should be feeling good about itself based on the improvement and I like the Hilltoppers chances to win this game outright.
Give me WKU and the points.