WKU Hilltoppers at Georgia State Panthers 12/26/20: College Football free preview, analysis, prediction, odds and pick against the spread.
2020-12-26 15:30:00 EDT
The Georgia State Panthers face off with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Saturday in college football’s LendingTree Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have won three straight games and look for back-to-back bowl victories. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have lost three of their lat four non-home games. Tyrrell Pigrome is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,423 yards, nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. Pigrome and Kevaris Thomas have combined for 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Xavier Lane and Mitchell Tinsley have combined for 743 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Joshua Simon has 29 receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 128 yards per contest, and Gaej Walker leads the way with 614 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 24.1 points and 336.3 yards per game. Devon Key leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 86 tackles, DeAngelo Malone has six sacks and Omari Alexander has one interception.
The Georgia State Panthers have won three of their last four games and look for their second bowl victory in school history. The Georgia State Panthers have split their last four non-home games. Cornelious Brown IV is completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 2,046 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Brown has two touchdown passes in his last three games. Sam Pinckney and Cornelius McCoy have combined for 1,112 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Roger Carter has 21 receptions. The Georgia State Panthers ground game is averaging 190.3 yards per contest, and Destin Coates leads the way with 652 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia State is allowing 32.9 points and 424.3 yards per game. Blake Carroll leads the Georgia State Panthers with 72 tackles, Jordan Strachan has nine sacks and Antavious Lane has three interceptions.
The Hilltoppers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 3-8-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December. The over is 5-2 in Hilltoppers last 7 neutral site games. The over is 7-3 in Panthers last 10 games overall.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are playing their best ball of the season heading into the bowl game, and while the offense has struggled all year, they’ve scored a combined 75 points in their last two games. The Georgia State Panthers have been the more consistent team this season and need bowl wins and big victories as they continue to build their program on the D1 level. However, WKU is the type of team that usually shines in the bowl season, a team that gets hot at the right time and plays with a nothing to lose type attitude. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hilltoppers won this game outright. Give me the points.