WKU Hilltoppers (1-4) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (1-5)
October 16, 2021 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs +12.5 / WKU Hilltoppers -12.5; Over/Under: 67.5
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The Old Dominion Monarchs meet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in week 7 C-USA college football action on Saturday at S.B. Ballard Stadium. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Old Dominion Monarchs also need a win to end a four-game losing streak.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have lost six of their last eight road games. Bailey Zappe is completing 70.4 percent of his passes for 2,235 yards, 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. Jerreth Sterns and Mitchell Tinsley have combined for 1,189 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Malachi Corley has 29 receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 92.6 yards per contest, and Adam Cofield leads the way with 162 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 38.4 points and 480.4 yards per game. Antwon Kincade leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 43 tackles, DeAngelo Malone has 1.5 sacks and Miguel Edwards has one interception.
The Old Dominion Monarchs have lost six of their last seven home games. DJ Mack Jr. is completing 51.5 percent of his passes for 859 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Zack Kuntz and Ali Jennings III have combined for 473 receiving yards and four touchdowns, while Stone Smartt has 12 receptions. The Old Dominion Monarchs ground game is averaging 179.2 yards per contest, and Blake Watson leads the way with 339 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Old Dominion is allowing 29.5 points and 330.5 yards per game. Jordan Young leads the Old Dominion Monarchs with 38 tackles, Amorie Morrison has three sacks and Roger Cray has one interception.
The Hilltoppers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in October and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite. The Monarchs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October. The over is 8-0 in Hilltoppers last 8 games overall. The over is 9-3 in Monarchs last 12 games in October. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country, ranked fifth in total offense, first in passing offense and 11th in scoring offense. However, WKU doesn’t play much defense and has seen eight straight games go over the total. The Old Dominion Monarchs have had offensive issues this season, but they’re also 97th in CFB in scoring defense. This has a recipe for an explosive offensive game. High total, but I like the over anyway.