College Football Odds – Western Kentucky to Bark as Ugly Dogs at MTSU
Written by North Shore Sports, INC
Sun Belt college football odds action heats up Thursday night at Bookmaker Sportsbook when the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers battle the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders.
The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (1-3, 2-2 ATS) will look to tally a college football odds victory on Thursday, October 6th from the friendly confines of Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium where they’ll welcome in the winless Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-4, 2-2 ATS) for a Sun Belt clash; kick-off is set for 7:30 ET on ESPNU.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Western Kentucky (+9.5) -110
Mid Tennessee State (-9.5) -110
It’s been extremely tough sledding for head coach Willie Taggart’s Hilltoppers to start the year. After opening up their 2011 campaign with a hard fought 14-3 loss to SEC representative Kentucky (covered as 17-point underdogs), Western Kentucky went on to get blown apart by Navy and Indiana State in successive weeks. After having two weeks to prepare, the Hilltoppers put forth another good effort last week at home against the Arkansas State Red Wolves in conference play falling 26-22 as 12-point home underdogs.
As has been the case for a number of years in Bowling Green, the Hilltoppers have had problems putting points on the board. The squad currently ranks amongst the worst in the league in total yards (#112), passing yards (#107) and points scored (#117); that’s out of 120 FBS schools folks! RB Bobby Rainey is the lone good story on this unit as he’s accounted for 427 yards (4.3 YPC) and 2 TDs to date. For the Hilltoppers to have any shot in this Sun Belt college football odds clash, the defense will have to put its best foot forward against MTSU’s balanced offensive attack.
The Blue Raiders secured their first win of the season last week on the University’s Homecoming outlasting what turned out to be a determined Memphis outfit by a 38-31 final tally. The seven-point win came up grossly short of covering the 24-point closing spread. Still, head coach Kevin Stockstill will take a win any way his kids can serve one up especially after failing to live up to expectations a year ago. MTSU opened its season up with a tough 27-24 defeat against Purdue before getting trounced by Georgia Tech 49-21. It’s also 0-1 in Sun Belt action after dropping its opener 38-35 to conference favorite Troy.
QB Logan Kilgore had himself one heck of a game last week against the Tigers completing 27-of-41 passes for 277 yards and three TDs, but in tonight’s college football betting odds contest, he’ll be throwing into a Hilltoppers stop unit whose best attribute is defending the pass (#47) – So, that means the Blue Raiders ground attack will have to step. It’s averaged 162 YPG (#50) and could go off for a huge tally provided it makes WKY pay for the fact that it’s allowed opponents to pick them apart to the tune of 184.2 rushing YPG (#94).
College Football Odds Prediction – Western Kentucky dropped a heartbreaker to the Blue Raiders last season giving up 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to fall by a single point, 27-26. Though Mid Tenn State won its third straight in the recent series, the Hilltoppers earned the pointspread cover as 5.5-point home underdogs. The Blue Raiders do hold a distinct advantage offensively, but their defense is flat out atrocious. It just allowed a Memphis team that scored a combined 44 points through its first four games to go off for 31 last week! WKY certainly boasts the better stop unit and stands 8-2 ATS its L/10 when dogged and 5-1 ATS its L/6 away games. Look for them to hang within the number in this Thursday night spot!
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