Free Week 7 Prediction: Black Knights vs. Hilltoppers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 7
(3-2) Army Black Knights vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-2)
Date: Saturday, October 12th 2019
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky
NCAA Football Spread: Army -5
NCAA Betting Total: 43.0
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This week seven matchup will see the Army Black Knights take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. This is a non-conference game, but nonetheless, is a game both teams need to win to inch closer to bowl eligibility.
Both teams are 3-2 on the season as well, so they are evenly matched in that sense.
Army Black Knights
The Black Knights lost their game last week to Tulane. The score to this game was 42-33.
Their offense was somewhat lacking more than normal, gaining just 363 total yards in the game. They did not have a hard time running the ball, but certainly did not have their normal success. On the season, Army averages 273.4 rushing yards per game. Against the Green Wave, they had 193 rushing yards.
They also tried to throw the ball more than normal in this game, which resulted in their quarterback going 9 of 24 with 170 yards passing. He also threw one touchdown an one interception.
The defense for Army is generally pretty decent, but they were shredded to pieces by Tulane. They allowed 525 total yards and 324 yards on the ground alone. They did force two fumbles and returned one of them for a touchdown, so a positive sign there going forward.
The Black Knights strength on defense is slowing down the pass and that is what they must do to keep Western Kentucky out of their gameplan.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers just beat Old Dominion 20-3 and move to 3-0 in the Conference USA standings. This is a game they need to be fully focused for and not look ahead to Charlotte next week. A loss will not affect their conference standing, but the end goal is to make it to a bowl game, so they need very win they can get.
Their offense finally had a decent performance, totaling 320 yards against the Monarchs. They still were held below their scoring average of 21.8, so despite the win, they are not generating enough points.
Where the Hilltoppers struggle the most is running the football. They average 97 yards per game. This is 126th in the country. Against Old Dominion, they ran for 127 yards but on 37 carries. This averages out to 3.4 yards per carry, so not the worst but also not great.
Even their passing offense ranks 76th in the country, so they do not really have one area that they excel in.
The defense for the Hilltoppers was great in this game, holding the Monarchs to 160 total yards. They now allow an average of 302.8 yards per game. This is 24th in the country. Both their pass and run defense rank in the top 35 and they also only allow an average of 20.6 points per game.
The focus in this game will be stopping the run. The Hilltoppers have done that effectively so far this season and if they force Army to beat them through the air then they will have an opportunity to win this game outright.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Army are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.
- Army are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Pick
This game could really go either way, but I like the Black Knights running game to be the difference and for Army to get the road win.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Army -5
Army will try to shorten this game by running the entire time and I think Western Kentucky will tire out and it will give Army the opportunity to cover the spread.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: Army 24 – Western Kentucky 17
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