Chattanooga Mocs (0-0) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium)
The Line: Western Kentucky -14 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chattanooga Mocs and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers meet Saturday in week 8 college football action at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
The Chattanooga Mocs will make their season debut in this game and it’s possibly their only game of the season. The Chattanooga Mocs have lost four of their last six road games. Drayton Arnold will takeover at quarterback after playing in three games last year and racking up 10 pass attempts. Ailym Ford returns as a 1,000-yard rusher, and the Mocs have a receiver duo in Bryce Nunnelly and Chris James that combined for over 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Chattanooga has the offensive weapons to be a respectable unit, but it comes down to replacing Nick Tiano at the quarterback position. Defensively, Chattanooga gets back Ty Boeck who finished second with 101 tackles, Devonnsha Maxwell is back after seven sacks and CaMiron Smith had two interceptions. In terms of returning production, Chattanooga should like its chances of improving on last years 6-6 record.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for their first home win of the season to rebound from a 1-4 start to the CFB season. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won four of their last seven home games. Tyrrell Pigrome is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 559 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Pigrome has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Dayton Wade and Mitchell Tinsley have combined for 334 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Xavier Lane has 13 receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 108 yards per contest, and Pigrome leads the way with 225 yards on 54 carries. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 31.4 points and 398.8 yards per game. Kyle Bailey leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 42 tackles, DeAngelo Malone has two sacks and Omari Alexander has one interception.
It's tough to back teams that are making their season debut, as you don't know what to expect and you're likely going to get a rusty team on both sides of the ball. WKU has a clear edge with five games under its belt. However, Chattanooga returns a squad with a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, including playmaking receivers, a 1,000-yard rusher and defensive players who can create turnovers. We also can't act like Western Kentucky has been lighting the CFB world on fire, as the defense has been getting gashed by subpar offenses and Kevaris Thomas hasn't looked great through two games. Assuming Chattanooga doesn't come out completely sloppy, the Mocs can hang around.
Give me Chattanooga and the two free touchdowns.