WKU Hilltoppers (1-0) vs. Army Black Knights (1-0)
September 11, 2021 11:30 am EDT
The Line: Army Black Knights -5 / WKU Hilltoppers +5; Over/Under: 54.5
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The Army Black Knights meet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Saturday in week 2 college football action at Michie Stadium. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for a quick 2-0 start after beating UT Martin in their season opener. The Army Black Knights also look for a 2-0 record after beating Georgia State.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hope to start 2-0 for the first time since the 2015 CFB season. Bailey Zappe is completing 80 percent of his passes for 424 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Zappe enters this game with 35 career pass attempts. Jerreth Sterns and Daewood Davis have combined for 190 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Joshua Simon has three receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 109 yards per contest, and Kye Robichaux leads the way with 44 yards on nine carries. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 21 points and 396 yards per game. Antwon Kincade leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with seven tackles, Michael Pitts has one sack and Miguel Edwards has one interception.
The Army Black Knights look for back-to-back 2-0 starts to a season. Christian Anderson is completing 50 percent of his passes for 40 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. The Army Black Knights have six touchdown passes dating back to last season. Tyrell Robinson and Braheam Murphy have combined for 72 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Sean Eckert has one reception. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 258 yards per contest, and Anderson leads the way with 55 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Army is allowing 10 points and 177 yards per game. Julian McDuffie leads the Army Black Knights with five tackles, Andre Carter II has three sacks and Jabari Moore has one interception.
The Hilltoppers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Black Knights are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Hilltoppers last 4 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Black Knights last 7 games overall.
WKU played well in its opener and it has a hot quarterback, but beating UT Martin doesn’t move the needle much. Army is one of the better defensive teams in the country and appears to be clicking with its running game. It’s also tough to play Army or Navy with just one week to prepare, as they’re unique offenses that take a ton of discipline to defend. I’m no confident Western Kentucky is one of those teams. This is a game Army should win by a touchdown or two. I’ll lay the number.