Western Kentucky at Louisville College Football Picks and Predictions 9/15/2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travel to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to take on the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The opening line for this game has Louisville as 20 point favorites. The Hilltoppers have an ATS record of 1-1-0 while their over/under record is 1-1-0. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 1-1-0 and they are 0-2-0 against the spread.
Valuable Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Trends
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 1-1-0 against the over/under
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 1-1-0 against the spread
Important Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends
The Louisville Cardinals are 1-1-0 against the over/under
The Louisville Cardinals are 0-2-0 against the spread
Key Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Injuries
09/09/18 QB Steven Duncan Suspension is questionable Saturday vs Louisville
08/08/18 RB Jakairi Moses Knee is out indefinitely
Key Louisville Cardinals Injuries
09/03/18 LB Jonathan Greenard Wrist is out indefinitely
08/20/18 FB Tobias Little Knee is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 120th in Division 1 in points scored with 31. They have run 138 plays this season for 694 yards, which ranks them 48th in the nation in total offense. The Hilltoppers average 5 yards per play, which is 106th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 32 1st downs this year, placing them 114th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Western Kentucky has run for 166 yards as a team, which ranks 121st in the country. They've run 67 times, averaging 2.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Hilltoppers have been penalized on offense 10 times for 103 yards so far this season, which has them 93rd in the nation in penalties. Drew Eckels has thrown for 514 yards this season. He has completed 38 passes on 67 attempts for a completion percentage of 56.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 135.9. He averages 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 8.6 adjusted yards per throw.
Western Kentucky is 102nd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 65. They have surrendered a total of 817 yards on D, which is 91st in Division 1. The Hilltoppers are ranked 96th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opposing offenses have completed 29 passes on 60 attempts against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defense this season, placing them 35th and 63rd in the country. The Western Kentucky pass defense has also given up a total of 439 yards through the air, which is 71st overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 78 attempts for 378 yards this year, putting them in 97th place in D-1 against the run. The Hilltoppers have committed 14 penalties for 110 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 67th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Western Kentucky has returned 5 kicks for 120 yards on special teams, ranking 43rd in kick return yardage. The Hilltoppers average 24 yards per kick return and they are 96th in the country in all-purpose yards with 814. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have attempted 2 field goals this season and made 1, which is 108th in D-1. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 4 for 4 this year. Their punters have totaled 545 yards on 15 punts, averaging 36 yards per punt. That places them 114th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cardinals have run for 226 yards as a team, which ranks 108th in the nation. They've run 63 times, averaging 3.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Cardinals have been penalized on offense 18 times for 168 yards so far this year, which has them 15th in the country in penalties. They are 99th in Division 1 in points scored with 45. They have run 124 plays this year for 642 yards, which ranks them 77th in the nation in total offense. The Louisville Cardinals average 5.2 yards per play, which is 96th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 40 1st downs this season, ranking them 85th overall as an offensive unit. Jawon Pass has completed 28 throws while attempting 53 passes for a completion percentage of 52.8%. He has passed for 341 yards this year. He averages 4.6 adjusted yards per throw and 6.4 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 108.
The Louisville Cardinals rush defense has given up 92 attempts for 396 yards this season, putting them in 101st place in the country against the run. They have had 16 penalties for 156 yards on defense this year. That places them 109th in Division 1. Louisville is 95th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 58. They have given up a total of 730 yards on D, which is 68th in the nation. The Cardinals are 78th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Opponent offenses have completed 20 throws on 38 attempts against the Louisville defense this season, ranking them 11th and 12th in the country. The Louisville Cardinals pass defense has also surrendered a total of 334 yards in the air, which is 38th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
Louisville kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 6 for 6 this season. Their punters have accumulated 625 yards on 14 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That ranks them 26th in the NCAA in punting average. Louisville is 70th in the country in punt returns with 3. They've totaled 86 punt return yards and average 28.7 yards per return, which is 7th in D-1. They have returned 6 kicks for 124 yards on special teams, which puts them 41st in kick return yardage. The Cardinals average 21 yards per kick return and they are 87th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 852.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Cardinals college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Hilltoppers +20
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