Saturday, September 10, 2016
Bryant Denny Stadium
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Bryant Denny Stadium. The opening line for this game has Alabama as 28.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 58. This season the Hilltoppers are 1-0-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 0-1-0. The Crimson Tide have an over/under record of 1-0-0 and they are 1-0-0 against the spread.
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Mike White finished with 517 yards through the air for Western Kentucky last week. He completed 25 passes out of 31 attempts for a 81% completion percentage. The Hilltoppers were led in rushing by Anthony Wales, who finished with 58 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Taywan Taylor was the team leader in receiving with a total of 165 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 33 yards per reception. As a team in that game Western Kentucky got a total of 23 first downs by way of 4 rushing, 17 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 65 total plays for 649 yards for the game. The Hilltoppers ran for 97 yards on 30 attempts.
Jalen Hurts finished with 118 yards through the air for Alabama last week. He completed 6 passes out of 11 attempts for a 55% completion percentage. The Crimson Tide were led in rushing by Damien Harris, who finished with 138 yards on 9 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 15 yards per carry. ArDarius Stewart was the team leader in receiving with a total of 113 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 28 yards per reception. Alabama got a total of 15 first downs by way of 9 rushing, 6 passing, and 0 by penalty. They ran 63 total plays for 465 yards for the game. The Crimson Tide ran for 242 yards on 45 attempts.
Western Kentucky scores 46 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 34th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 26 passes on 35 attempts for a 74.3 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 552 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 2nd in college football. The Hilltoppers run for an average of 97 yards per game on 30 attempts for an average of 3.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 102nd in the nation. They also run 65 plays per contest and average 10 yards per play for an average of 649 yards per game, ranking their offense 8th overall this season. The Hilltoppers average 23 first downs per game which ranks them 52nd in the country. They accumulate 77 penalty yards per game via 8 penalties, which ranks 24th in the nation.
Western Kentucky allows 183 passing yards per game, ranking 57th in D-1, and they allow 14 points per contest on defense, which ranks 49th. They give up 22 completions on 37 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 59.5. The Hilltoppers allow 105 rushing yards per game on 33 carries for an average of 3.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 49th in the country. Western Kentucky allows 288 total yards per game including 4.1 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 47th in terms of yards per game. They force 2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 10 penalties for 62 yards per game, ranking them 86th among D-1 teams.
Alabama averages 52 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 20th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 12 passes per game on 18 attempts for a 66.7 percent completion percentage. They throw for 223 yards through the air per game, ranking them 68th in Division 1. The Crimson Tide run for an average of 242 yards per game on 45 attempts for an average of 5.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 37th on the ground. They also run 63 plays per game and average 7.4 yards per play for a total of 465 yards per game, ranking them 48th in the country on offense. The Crimson Tide get an average of 15 first downs per game, which ranks 110th in the nation. They average 29 penalty yards per game via 4 penalties, ranking them 111th in college football.
Alabama allows an average of 130 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 25th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 6 points per contest, which has them ranked 11th in the nation. They give up 18 completions on 37 attempts for a completion percentage of 48.6 per game. The Crimson Tide allow 64 rushing yards per contest on 30 carries for a 2.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 19th in the country. Alabama allows 194 total yards per game for an average of 2.9 yards per play, which ranks 15th in D-1. They force 2 turnovers per contest and 6 penalties for 46 yards in each contest, ranking 54th in the nation.
Western Kentucky Betting Trends
Western Kentucky is 0-1-0 against the over/under this season
Western Kentucky has an ATS record of 1-0-0 this season
Alabama Betting Trends
Alabama is 1-0-0 against the over/under this season
Alabama has an ATS record of 1-0-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/04/16 DL Trae Jones Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Alabama
08/27/16 QB Nelson Fishback Pectoral out for season
09/05/16 WR Cam Sims Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
09/04/16 OL Alphonse Taylor Suspension Served probable Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
09/04/16 DL Raekwon Davis Eligibility "?" Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
Josh's Pick: Take Alabama
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