Western Kentucky vs Southern Miss College Football Betting Tips and Predictions 11/23/2019
Game: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019
Location: M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, MS
Odds/Point Spread: Southern Miss -5
M. M. Roberts Stadium is the site where Jack Abraham and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles will play the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday. The odds on this contest have Southern Miss as 5-point favorites. The Hilltoppers are 7-3-0 ATS and 5-5-0 when betting on the total. The Golden Eagles are 4-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 6-4-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers went up against the Arkansas Razorbacks and won 45-19. Gaej Walker led the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 39 yards and he ran for 1 TD for the game. He scurried for 129 yards via 23 carries which had him averaging 5.6 yards per tote. Jahcour Pearson was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 120 yards on 10 receptions. He averaged 12.0 yards per reception for the game. Running the show from under center for the Hilltoppers was Ty Storey who went 22/32 with 213 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He walked away with no picks. The Hilltoppers rushed the ball a total of 47 times and generated 265 yards which earned them an average of 5.6 yards per rushing attempt. On the day, the Hilltoppers totaled 23 first downs and they had 3 penalties for 20 yards telling us that this team was extremely focused in this game. On the day, they finished with a total of 79 plays which added up to 478 yards. In terms of defense, Western Kentucky conceded 9 completions on 26 tries totaling 87 yards, and a completion percentage of 34.6%. On the day, they allowed 340 yards and forced 2 turnovers. In the running game, the Hilltoppers conceded 253 yards on 28 carries which gave them an average of 9.0 yards per carry allowed.
The Hilltoppers step onto the field holding a record of 6-4 for this year. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 24.8 points per game, which has them at 93rd in D-1. As a team, they have an average of 123.3 rushing yards per game which is 12th in C-USA. For total yardage, they sit in 9th in the conference and 92nd in D-1 with 3,721 yards. The Hilltoppers have one of the top tier defenses in D-1, giving up 20.5 points per contest ranking them 2nd in C-USA. When talking about yards rushing, Western Kentucky is giving up 138.9 yards per contest which has them at 4th in Conference USA and 42nd in D-1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.8 yards per carry ranking them 5th in the conference and 39th in the nation overall. In total, they have conceded 1,389 rushing yards through 10 games. When it comes to yards through the air, the Hilltoppers have allowed 2,488 yards. Teams are completing 53.2% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.2 yards per attempt.
In their last game, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles took on the UTSA Roadrunners and won 36-17. De'Michael Harris led the team on the ground during the game. He had a long run of 56 yards and he ran for 2 touchdowns for the game. He rushed for 121 yards by way of 16 carries which meant he averaged 7.6 yards per run. Quez Watkins led the team in receiving yardage by earning 137 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 19.6 yards per catch during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Golden Eagles was Jack Abraham who went 22/34 with 290 yards through the air and completed 2 TD's. He walked away with 1 pick on the day. The Golden Eagles ended up running the ball 37 times and generated 206 yards which had them averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. On the day, they ran 71 plays for 496 yards. Overall, the Golden Eagles earned a total of 19 first downs and they had a total of 5 penalties for 54 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. When discussing the defense, Southern Miss gave up 21 catches on 40 attempts for a total of 325 yards, and a completion percentage of 52.5%. For this contest, they allowed 422 yards and earned 3 turnovers. On the ground, the Golden Eagles gave up 97 yards on 37 attempts which is an average of 2.6 yards per attempt allowed.
The Golden Eagles come into this game with a record of 7-3. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Golden Eagles have one of the top tier offenses in the country. Southern Miss needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 131.5 rushing yards per game, which has them at 107th in Division 1. As a team, they have a total of 1,315 yards rushing through 10 games, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Golden Eagles average 429 yards per contest overall ranking them 48th in college football and 4th in C-USA. The Golden Eagles are giving up 24.9 points per contest which puts them at 6th in the conference and 48th in the country. Their passing defense is one of the middling units in the nation. They are giving up 247.5 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Golden Eagles currently sit at 10th in Conference USA. When talking about points given up, they have allowed 249 points in total. When talking about yards rushing, they are conceding 106.4 yards per contest which puts them at 14th in the nation and 2nd in the conference. For this season, they have allowed 1,064 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Golden Eagles college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Golden Eagles -5
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