Saturday, October 29, 2016
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at FAU Stadium. The opening line for this game has Western Kentucky as 18 point favorites. This season the Hilltoppers are 2-6-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-4-0. The Owls have an over/under record of 4-3-0 and they are 1-6-0 against the spread.
Mike White finished with 378 yards through the air for Western Kentucky last week. He completed 28 passes out of 32 attempts for a 88% completion percentage. The Hilltoppers were led in rushing by Anthony Wales, who finished with 157 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 10 yards per carry. Taywan Taylor was the team leader in receiving with a total of 123 yards and 10 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. As a team in that game Western Kentucky got a total of 29 first downs. Of those first downs, 11 came on the ground while 17 came through the air. They ran 68 total plays for 624 yards for the game. The Hilltoppers ran for 246 yards on 35 attempts.
Jason Driskel finished with 151 yards passing for Florida Atlantic last week. He went 9 for 17, resulting in a 53% completion percentage. The Owls were led on the ground by Devin Singletary, who finished with 111 yards on 13 carries. He ended the game with an average of 9 yards per rush. Kalib Woods led the team in receiving with 100 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 20 yards per reception. Florida Atlantic had 24 first downs total. 16 came from running the ball and 7 came from a pass. They ran 65 total plays for 456 yards for the contest. The Owls ran for 281 yards on 45 carries as a team.
Western Kentucky scores 40.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 17th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 24.6 passes on 36.3 attempts for a 67.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 339.9 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 9th in college football. The Hilltoppers run for an average of 147 yards per game on 30.6 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry. That ranks them 97th in the nation. They also run 66.9 plays per contest and average 7.3 yards per play for an average of 486.9 yards per game, ranking their offense 22nd overall this season. The Hilltoppers average 23.4 first downs per game which ranks them 30th in the country. They accumulate 68.1 penalty yards per game via 6.5 penalties, which ranks 21st in the nation.
Western Kentucky allows 305.1 passing yards per game, ranking 124th in D-1, and they allow 29 points per contest on defense, which ranks 76th. They give up 24 completions on 39.4 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 61. The Hilltoppers allow 106.9 rushing yards per game on 35 carries for an average of 3.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 16th in the country. Western Kentucky allows 412 total yards per game including 5.5 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 69th in terms of yards per game. They force 1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7.4 penalties for 58.4 yards per game, ranking them 81st among D-1 teams.
Florida Atlantic averages 22.4 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 109th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 17.6 passes per game on 30.9 attempts for a 56.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 198 yards through the air per game, ranking them 97th in Division 1. The Owls run for an average of 158.7 yards per game on 39.1 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 84th on the ground. They also run 70 plays per game and average 5.1 yards per play for a total of 356.7 yards per game, ranking them 106th in the country on offense. The Owls get an average of 18.9 first downs per game, which ranks 108th in the nation. They average 46.9 penalty yards per game via 5 penalties, ranking them 101st in college football.
Florida Atlantic allows an average of 250.1 passing yards per game, which ranks 90th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 35.7 points per contest, which has them ranked 111th in the nation. They give up 21 completions on 32.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 65 per game. The Owls allow 225.6 rushing yards per contest on 43.9 carries for a 5.1 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 112th in the country. Florida Atlantic allows 475.7 total yards per game for an average of 6.2 yards per play, which ranks 115th in D-1. They force 1.4 turnovers per contest and 5.4 penalties for 51.1 yards in each contest, ranking 48th in the nation.
Western Kentucky Betting Trends
Western Kentucky is 4-4-0 against the over/under this season
Western Kentucky has an ATS record of 2-6-0 this season
Florida Atlantic Betting Trends
Florida Atlantic is 4-3-0 against the over/under this season
Florida Atlantic has an ATS record of 1-6-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/24/16 WR Nacarius Fant Ankle injured last game, doubtful Saturday vs. Florida Atlantic
10/18/16 WR John Brunner Personal left the team
10/01/16 RB D'Andre Ferby Shoulder out for season
10/01/16 DB Marcus Ward Knee out for season
09/06/16 RB Leon Allen Knee out indefinitely
08/27/16 QB Nelson Fishback Pectoral out for season
09/27/16 OL Tarrick Thomas Leg out for season
08/29/16 TE Dustin Bowens Chest out indefinitely
08/29/16 LB Jake Stewart Knee out indefinitely
08/28/16 OL Reggie Bain Undisclosed out for season
08/09/16 DT Ray Ellis Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Western Kentucky
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