Free Week 8 Prediction: 49ers vs Hilltoppers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(2-4) Charlotte 49ers vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (4-2)
Date: Saturday, October 19th 2019
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Kentucky
NCAA Football Spread: Hilltoppers -8.5
NCAA Betting Total: 48.5
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The 49ers have been awful as of late losing their last three in a row and looking really bad in all those games. No one expected them to do anything against Clemson three games ago, but most expected a way better game when they played FAU as they were blown out when they were 2 point favorites.
If this team has what it takes to turn the season around it has to start on Saturday with a win against Western Kentucky.
Western Kentucky, on the other hand, are riding a three game winning streak and are certainly trending in the right direction. Their rushing attack was excellent in that last game against Army as they put up over 200 total rushing yards on the day with 132 of them coming from RB Gaej Walker who should also have a big impact once again come Saturday.
The Charlotte 49ers looked hopeless against FIU in that last game and considering they were only a 6 point underdog in that one it is pretty amazing just how big of a mismatch it seemed like at times. If they are to have a chance in this game against Western Kentucky they will need to try and slow the game down and lean on the running game.
Benny LeMay is just about the only guy who could leave the field last week for the 49ers with his head held high. He gashed the FIU front 7 for 144 yards and a touchdown while averaging nearly 7.
I believe the 49ers offense can put it together and have a nice performance come Saturday, but I do not believe in this defense at all. This 49ers defensive unit gave up over 500 total yards against FIU and 557 against FAU and I am not sure how they fully turn this thing around.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Western Kentucky is riding the momentum of their third win in a row and now get the 49ers at home at a perfect time. The WKU defense flexed it’s muscle in that last game allowing only 208 total yards in what was a hard fought win.
They likely won’t hold the 49ers offense down that much come Saturday, but this team has the defensive pieces necessary to keep the 49ers to about 20 which should be a win and cover for WKU. That last performance wasn’t a fluke either as two games back against Old Dominion this defense held the Monarchs to just a field goal.
Senior QB Ty Storey leads this team under center and he has been pretty clean in his last 3 games. He tends to keep things short to intermediate and not take too many risks downfield. In my opinion he is the perfect contrast to the explosive running attack that the Hilltoppers possess.
I don’t think he has a big game this Saturday, though, as I think Western Kentucky will win this one easily and the coaching staff will choose to run the ball a lot more then throwing it.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- 49ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- 49ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Hilltoppers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Hilltoppers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Hilltoppers are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
I think Western Kentucky rolls in this spot as their strength matches up with their opponents weakness in this spot. WKU wants to run the ball and I can’t see the 49ers stopping the run based on their form the last couple of weeks. I fully expect WKU to cover this spread and it is also likely that Gaej goes for 150+.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: WKU ATS -8.5
Bet the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday and cash in on this blowout win for the home side.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 49ers 21 – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 38
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