Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (1-2) at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 26, 2015, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -21.5 -- Over/Under: 67.5
The Miami (OH) Redhawks will travel to L.T. Smith Stadium to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Miami (OH) Redhawks fell to 1-2 (0-0 MAC) season after they dropped a tough 37-33 contest against of the better C-USA teams in the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Redhawks were able to force four turnovers against Cincinnati’s backup QB Hayden Moore but wasn’t able to hold on to a late lead and allowed Moore to score on the winning 1 yard TD run with just over a minute left in the game. Leading the way for Miami (OH) QB Drew Kummer who completed 11 of 25 passes for 176 yards, 3 TD’s and an INT. The Redhawks were able to gain over 200 yards on the ground and were led by Kenny Young who had 62 yards on 6 carries. Miami (OH) has some talent at the WR position led by Jared Murphy (9 rec, 148 yards) and deep threat Sam Martin (9 rec, 187 yards, 1 TD). On the season, the Redhawks are averaging just 19.7 ppg on the season while allowing their opponents to average 34.0 ppg. Miami (OH) defense is led by 2014 All-MAC selection, LB Kent Kern who had 21 tackles so far in the young season.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers couldn’t hold on to a 28-17 halftime lead and fell to 2-1 (1-0 C-USA) on season after being defeated 38-35 by the Indian Hoosiers this past Saturday. Western Kentucky was able to compile 568 yards of offense in the game but struggled defensively as they allowed Indiana to gain 639 yards of offense (355 passing, 284 rushing). Western Kentucky was led by QB Brandon Doughty who completed 35 of 46 passes for 484 yards, 3 TD’s and 2 INT. WR’s Taywan Taylor (9 rec, 196 yards, 1 TD) and Tyler Higbee (11 rec, 109 yards, 1 TD) had big games for the Hilltoppers. Western Kentucky wasn’t able to get much going on the ground as they only gained 84 yards led by D’Andre Ferby who had 58 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Western Kentucky had one of the best offenses in college football in 2014 averaging 44.4 ppg and as they have most of their big weapons back, this offense should once against start putting up some big numbers once they get into conference play. Western Kentucky will need to continue to find answers on the defensive side of the ball as they currently are allowing 29.3 ppg on the season including 38.0 ppg in their last two games.
The Redhawks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Hilltoppers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game and are 15-6 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Miami (OH) was blown out by Wisconsin by a 58-0 margin but looked decent for a team still in rebuilding mode which have only won 3 of their last 31 games. WKU took a tough loss at Indiana but still is one of the better mid-major teams in college football as they can put up points in bunches. It’s hard to know if Miami (OH) can put together a similar effort as they did last week but I feel that they should be able to put up some points on a weak WKU defense and I think that the over is the way to go in this contest.