Free Week 1 Prediction: Bears vs. Hilltoppers Odds
Looking for Central Arkansas Bears vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Bears taking on the Hilltoppers Thursday, August 29th at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Bears Hilltoppers Week 1 free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Central Arkansas Bears vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 29th 2019
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky
NCAA Football Spread: Western Kentucky -9.5
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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The Central Arkansas Bears and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers clash on Thursday night to open the season.
Both teams have higher expectations heading into 2019 as they both stumbled a bit in their 2018 campaigns.
Central Arkansas Bears
While the Bears had a winning 6-5 season in 2018, the expectations are a bit higher for them entering the 2019 season.
They finished 5-4 in the conference, which was good enough for 4th place as they certainly want to be considered contenders this season.
Central Arkansas’s key to success will be their defensive front again. They ranked 12th amongst FCS teams against the run last season and return every starter.
They were able to control the line of scrimmage against most teams and should be able to get a lot of pressure in the backfield here on Thursday.
Where this team lacks in the secondary. They have struggled to have any sort of stability there and that will likely be the case here in 2019 too. Expect Western Kentucky to have a field day down field, which will end up forcing this Bears team to really blitz more to try to get in the backfield quicker.
Central Arkansas allowed 24 points per game to the 31 they scored in 2018.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers program has been a rollercoaster the past few years.
They come in on a low after what was a very disappointing 3-9 season in 2018. They finished near the bottom in the C-USA standings as this typically high powered offense needs to get themselves back in rhythm.
Last season, they averaged just 21 points per game, which was one of their worst marks in many years.
Look for this offense to get themselves back in their air raid type, where they have the ability to whip the ball anywhere on the field. They have been at their best in the past when their taking shots deep down field, no matter what the down.
Steve Duncan and Davis Shanley figure to get the load once again at QB here in 2019.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
First and foremost, this probably is a game you should stay away from given the unknowns on both sides.
However, if you’re getting some action down on this one the points have the value here.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Central Arkansas +9.5
With Western Kentucky still having so many question marks, the points will come into play with Central Arkansas maybe even stealing this one outright.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 24- Central Arkansas 23
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