Free Week 5 Prediction: Hilltoppers vs Blue Raiders Odds
Looking for Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders free picks? Week 5 betting sees the Hilltoppers taking on the Blue Raiders on Saturday, October 3rd at Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this WKU MTSU Week 5 free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(0-2) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-3)
Date: Saturday, October 3rd 2020
Time: 5:00 pm EST
Venue: Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
NCAA Football Spread: WKU -7
NCAA Betting Total: 52.5
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are both looking to come away from Saturday’s Conference USA battle with their first win of the season. Neither team has been sharp to start the year and only
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Western Kentucky lost their home opener to Liberty after coming back from a 17-3 deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. They need a win to turn around a disappointing start to reigning Conference USA coach of the year Tyson Helton’s 2nd year at the helm. The Hilltoppers had high expectations coming into the season after returning 17 seniors.
The biggest question coming into the year was who would be the starting signal caller for the Hilltopper offense. Maryland transfer Tyrrell Pigrome won the starting job and is responsible for most of Western Kentucky’s production on the offensive side of the ball. Pigrome has completed 58.3% of his passes for 310 yards while throwing for 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. He is also WKU’s leading rusher adding 142 yards on the ground. The Hilltoppers need to get more production out of running back Gaej Walker who led the team with 1208 yard and 8 touchdowns on the ground a year ago. They are only averaging 269.5 yards and 22.5 points per game.
Western Kentucky’s defense is giving up 32.5 points and 487 yards per game. It’s been a disappointing start for a defensive unit that ranked 22nd in points allowed per game a year ago. The Hilltoppers won games by relying on their defense contain opposing offenses.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Middle Tennessee’s offense showed sign of life in a 35-37 week 4 loss to Texas San Antonio. They put up 563 yards but were hampered by two Asher O’Hara interceptions. The Junior has played poorly and will need clean things up to give the Blue Raiders a chance to bounce back. He has already thrown 5 interceptions to only 3 touchdowns. MTSU has already turned the ball over 9 times.
The Blue Raider defense has not been much better. They are giving up a whopping 42 points per game while forcing two interceptions and one fumble recovery. They are not talented enough to win games as long as the offense continues to struggle.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Western Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on the road.
- Western Kentucky is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference.
- Western Kentucky is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games played in week 5.
- Middle Tennessee are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games.
- Middle Tennessee are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games played on a Saturday.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
Both of these teams have to improve certain areas if they don’t want It to be long season. MTSU is a perfect matchup for Western Kentucky to try to get the offense and ground game going. They returned 4 of 5 starting lineman from a year ago, which should allow them to control the line of scrimmage enough to get Pigrome and Walker going.
Middle Tennessee is allowing opponents to convert 3rd downs at an NCAA worst 64.71. The Hilltoppers are a sound enough football team to cover the spread if they take care of the football.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Western Kentucky -7
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