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(4-2) Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (4-3)
Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, KY
NCAA Football Spread: WKU -14.0
NCAA Betting Total: 66.0
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A thrilling double overtime victory last week at Middle Tennessee has the Hilltoppers back on the winning ways while Old Dominion looks to pick up their fourth straight victory.
This conference matchup features two CUSA teams off to good starts and look to continue building towards a potential bowl bid.
Old Dominion Monarchs
3 straight victories has the Monarchs one win away from matching their 2015 season win total and they will be eager to avenge their 55-30 loss to the Hilltoppers that they took at home last season.
Old Dominion has been led by quarterback David Washington who has easily been their most valuable player thus far.
Washington has thrown for 1250 yards with a 12 to 2 touchdown to interception rate while rushing for 158 yards and a touchdown as well.
A very important contributor though has been Jeremy Cox who has 9 rushing touchdowns on the season despite only averaging 70 rushing yards per game.
The Monarchs dominated Charlotte and UMass in consecutive weeks before an off week last week. So, they will need to shake off the bye week rust and also step up from their previous two opponents to a very high powered Hilltopper attack.
They struggled against the Hilltoppers last season but haven’t faced an offense quite like that this season.
So, even with two weeks of practice to prepare, it could be challenging to figure out the dynamic offense that Western Kentucky has without seeing anything similar in the 2016 season.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Quarterback Matt White has continued his excellent season and is certainly doing his part in helping the Hilltoppers win games.
The Hilltopper defense has struggled though and has given up 41 points per game in Western Kentucky’s three losses.
However, Western Kentucky’s defensive performance and overall performance has been much different over the years on the road.
They historically struggle on the road and possess a significant home field advantage welcoming teams to their stadium.
They are 2-1 at home this season with their lone loss in their stadium being to Vanderbilt by 1 in overtime.
White has thrown for 7 touchdowns to just 1 interception in their home games. In addition to White, running back Anthony Wales has had a fine season with 582 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns thus far.
It will be up to Wales and White to lead the way yet again because this defense hasn’t been very good of late. I would expect them to be better though at home and to an opponent that isn’t particularly powerful.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• WKU are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 conference games.
• Old Dominion are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games.
• Over is 9-3-1 in Old Dominion’s last 13 games overall.
• Over is 23-11-1 in WKU’s last 35 games overall.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Prediction
I think the Hilltoppers will be riding high off of their double overtime road victory last week and will be comfortable as always at home. They should roll in this one as Old Dominion has not beaten a good team yet.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: WKU -14.0
White and Wales should lead the way in helping the Hilltoppers put another bunch of points on the board. I also like the Hilltoppers to get off to a hot start and cover the first half.
BONUS Pick: WKU First Half -7.0
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 43 – Old Dominion 21
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