Free Week 9 Prediction: Hilltoppers vs Owls Odds
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(5-3) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. FAU Owls (1-6)
Date: Saturday, October 29th
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana
NCAA Football Spread: Western Kentucky -21.5
NCAA Betting Total: 65.5
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An electric Western Kentucky offense will look to keep rolling against FAU who has suffered close defeats in four straight games.
The 1-6 Owls have been closely fighting for wins recently but haven’t found ways to get enough stops – losing their last 4 games by a combined 17 points.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Hilltoppers have scored 40+ points in four straight games – reaching at least 50 points in 3 of those.
They will hope to be able to continue that against a FAU team that is allowing 36 points and 476 yards per game.
Mike White holds a 20 to 5 touchdown to interception rate and has thrown for 340 plus yards in 3 straight games. He seems to have fit in perfectly to the position after replacing Brandon Doughty who now is a backup in the NFL.
Anthony Wales has contributed on the ground as well averaging 6.5 yards per carry for a total of 739 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns.
The offense has weapons all over the place and will need to avoid overlooking their inferior opponent in order to keep their offensive attack rolling.
They beat the Owls 35-19 at home last season after suffering from penalties and a turnover early on before running away with the victory.
The Hilltoppers have had some struggles on the road over the past few seasons so they will hope to get out to a hot start to avoid allowing FAU to get any ideas about a potential upset bid.
The Owls have had a difficult time getting stops late when they need them which has led them to this 1-6 start.
But, contributing to their defense inconsistency has been their offensive inconsistency.
FAU has the 106th ranked offense in the FBS and a big contributing factor has been their ability to convert on third down.
The Owls are 118th in the FBS in third down offense – converting just 32 percent of their 3rd down attempts.
That could get a bit easier this week against a Western Kentucky defense that is allowing opponents to convert 44 percent of their third down attempts – the 29th worst mark in the FBS.
However, the Owls are running into a buzzsaw in the Hilltopper offense that appears to be firing on all cylinders.
They will Gregory Howell, Jr to lead the way as he has been averaging 5.2 yards per carry so they will have to lean on him to eat up chunks of yards to help them control the clock.
They key is keeping White and the Hilltopper offense on the sideline as much as possible because if they get into rhythm, the game is over.
That is what the Hilltoppers did last week – scoring touchdowns on their first 5 possessions.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• FAU are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 home games.
• FAU are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
• Over is 7-1 in Western Kentucky’s last 8 October games.
• Over is 8-3 in Western Kentucky’s last 11 conference games.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
Western Kentucky may struggle on the road from time to time but they should be able to put up plenty of points against the Owls.
I think the Hilltoppers will win by a few touchdowns but the game will go over the total.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Game Total Over 65.5
The Hilltoppers haven’t been slowed down by anyone in the past several weeks and I don’t expect this to be the week. They should do most of the work in this game going over.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: WKU 52 – FAU 26
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