MTSU at Western Kentucky College Football Picks & Predictions 11/17/2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers host the MTSU Blue Raiders at Houchens-Smith Stadium on Friday, November 17, 2017. The opening line for this game has MTSU as 2 point favorites. The Hilltoppers have an over/under record of 4-6-0 and they are 2-8-0 against the spread. The Blue Raiders have an ATS record of 4-6-0 while their over/under record is 1-8-1.
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Valuable MTSU Blue Raiders Betting Trends
The MTSU Blue Raiders are 1-8-1 against the over/under
The MTSU Blue Raiders are 4-6-0 against the spread
Important Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Trends
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 4-6-0 against the over/under
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 2-8-0 against the spread
Key MTSU Blue Raiders Injuries
11/01/17 QB John Urzua Concussion is out for season
11/01/17 WR Richie James Shoulder is out for season
Key Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Injuries
11/12/17 WR Kylen Towner Undisclosed is "?" Friday vs. Middle Tenn St
11/07/17 LB Demetrius Cain Lower Body is out for season
11/07/17 RB Quinton Baker Upper Body is out for season
10/28/17 DL Carson Jordan Undisclosed is out indefinitely
10/28/17 DL Evan Sayner Leg is out for season
10/03/17 DL Jalen Madden Knee out for season
08/05/17 DB De'Andre Simmons ACL out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The MTSU Blue Raiders have run for 1,298 yards as a team, which ranks 103rd in college football. They've run 315 times, averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Blue Raiders have been penalized on offense 66 times for 619 yards so far this season, which has them 42nd in the country in penalties. They are 107th in the nation in points scored with 218. They have run 677 plays this season for 3,770 yards, which ranks them 48th in Division 1 in total offense. The Blue Raiders average 5.6 yards per play, which is 69th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 202 1st downs this year, placing them 71st overall as an offensive unit. Brent Stockstill averages 6.9 yards per pass attempt and 7.4 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 71 passes on 128 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.5%. His quarterback rating this year is 134.3. He has thrown for 880 yards this season.
The Blue Raiders rush defense has allowed 397 attempts for 1,410 yards this year, putting them in 40th place in D-1 against the run. MTSU has committed 55 penalties for 527 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 65th in college football. They are 47th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 240. They have surrendered a total of 3,349 yards on D, which is 32nd in the country. The Blue Raiders are ranked 17th in yards per play allowed with 4.8. Opposing offenses have completed 183 passes on 296 attempts against the MTSU Blue Raiders defense this season, placing them 66th and 47th in Division 1. The MTSU pass defense has also given up a total of 1,939 yards through the air, which is 38th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The MTSU Blue Raiders have attempted 14 field goals this season and made 12, which is 54th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 86%. MTSU Blue Raiders kickers have made 92% of their extra points, going 24 for 26 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,977 yards on 50 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That places them 106th in Division 1 in punting average. MTSU is ranked 34th in the nation in punt returns with 18. They've accumulated 130 punt return yards and average 7.2 yards per return, which is 66th in college football. They have returned 19 kicks for 345 yards on special teams, ranking 119th in kick return yardage. The Blue Raiders average 18 yards per kick return and they are 105th in the country in all-purpose yards with 4,245.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Hilltoppers are 85th in the country in points scored with 256. They have run 743 plays this year for 3,868 yards, which ranks them 12th in Division 1 in total offense. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers average 5.2 yards per play, which is 104th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 229 1st downs this season, ranking them 26th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Western Kentucky has run for 704 yards as a unit, which ranks 129th in college football. They've run 309 times, averaging 2.3 yards per rush as a unit. Western Kentucky has been penalized on offense 53 times for 443 yards so far this year, which has them 94th in the country in penalties. Mike White has passed for 2,986 yards this year. He's completed 273 throws while attempting 418 passes for a completion percentage of 65.3%. His quarterback rating this season is 135.4. He averages 7.2 adjusted yards per throw and 7.1 yards per pass attempt.
Western Kentucky is 50th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 243. They have given up a total of 3,680 yards on D, which is 47th in D-1. The Hilltoppers are 53rd in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Opponent offenses have completed 162 throws on 287 attempts against the Western Kentucky defense this season, ranking them 33rd and 35th in the nation. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,868 yards in the air, which is 28th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 390 attempts for 1,812 yards this season, putting them in 86th place in the country against the run. The Hilltoppers have had 65 penalties for 650 yards on defense this year. That places them 111th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Western Kentucky is 69th in the country in punt returns with 14. They've totaled 39 punt return yards and average 2.8 yards per return, which is 125th in D-1. They have returned 37 kicks for 674 yards on special teams, which puts them 38th in kick return yardage. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers average 18 yards per kick return and they are 80th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 4,581. The Hilltoppers have tried 10 field goals this year and made 6, which is 120th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 60%. Western Kentucky kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 30 for 31 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,778 yards on 45 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranks them 107th in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Blue Raiders/Hilltoppers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Raiders -2
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