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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-1) Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 16th
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Houchens Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky
NCAA Football Spread: Western Kentucky -7.0
NCAA Betting Total: 61.0
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Two of Conference USA’s most explosive offenses from last season face off in their first conference game of the year after both splitting their first two non-conference games.
Louisiana Tech has showed their explosiveness a bit early on but Western Kentucky hasn’t exactly played the part.
They’ll be 7 point favorites at home after dropping their Week 2 game 20-7 at Illinois.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech was beaten badly last week at the hands of Mississippi State and they were part of one of the most bizarres plays you will ever see.
That highlight was like many of the highlights for the night for the Bulldogs – ones that they certainly don’t want to see again.
Their defense was dominated by Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and could be facing some more issues this week against Hilltopper quarterback Mike White.
Fitzgerald threw for 3 touchdowns while running for 111 yards and two more leading the onslaught.
Louisiana Tech fared well in conference play last season – going 6-2 and getting a berth in the conference championship game.
They beat Western Kentucky 55-52 at home earlier in the season but fell to them 58-44 in that conference championship game.
Ryan Higgins was quarterback then but now the Bulldogs are leaning on J’Mar Smith and he has struggled mightily.
Smith will be in big trouble if he finds himself having to match White and the Hilltoppers drive for drive.
Louisiana Tech is going to need their defense to be solid in this one – something that has been a struggle for Bulldog football for a number of years.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
White and the Hilltopper offense have gotten off to a slow start thus far.
The Hilltopper run game has been virtually non-existent and the offense was stung by their woes on third down last week when they converted only 2 of 12 attempts.
They will be relieved to be facing a Louisiana Tech defense that gave up 57 points last week and a total of 110 to the Hilltoppers in their two meetings last season.
But for the offense to pick up a bit, the run game is going to have to be more productive. White is a special passer when he is in the pocket but the Hilltoppers managed just 6 total rushing yards last week against Illinois.
Western Kentucky was so dominant both at home and in conference play last season so this could be the start of them getting rolling again.
The Hilltoppers went 6-1 at home last season with their lone loss being a 1 point overtime loss to Vanderbilt.
They went 7-1 in Conference USA as well – losing just that one 55-52 game at Louisiana Tech.
This game could be an important one for the Hilltoppers to see what they are made of after their offense was manhandled last week – something they are not used to.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Western Kentucky is 9-5 ATS in their last 14 games at home.
- Western Kentucky is 12-6 ATS i n their last 18 conference games.
- Over is 10-4 in Louisiana Tech’s last 14 games after a loss.
- Over is 15-7 in Louisiana Tech’s last 22 road games.
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After watching these two teams face off last year, this would’ve been a fair total for just the first half. But with both offenses struggling to get going so far, it might be in a fair territory.
I think this is the game Mike White and the Hilltopper start to take form closer to last season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Western Kentucky -7
I definitely could see this game going over the total because both teams have explosive capability so points could come in bunches.
But the better play is the Hilltoppers as their offense is much more reliable and poised to have a big game.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 48 – Louisiana Tech 31
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