Western Kentucky vs Marshall NCAA Football Betting Tips 10/26/2019
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Ty Storey and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers go to Joan C. Edwards Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Marshall Thundering Herd. Marshall opens this game as 4-point favorites. The Hilltoppers are 5-2-0 ATS and 2-5-0 when betting on the total. The Thundering Herd are 5-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 2-5-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers played the Charlotte 49ers and earned the victory by a score of 30-14. Gaej Walker paced the team in rushing for the game. He had a long run of 17 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He ran for a total of 70 yards via 21 carries which meant he averaged 3.3 yards per tote. Lucky Jackson led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 141 yards on 5 catches. He earned an average of 28.2 yards per reception for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Hilltoppers was Ty Storey who went 21/30 with 283 yards through the air and threw 2 touchdowns. He finished this contest without throwing a pick. The Hilltoppers rushed the ball a total of 35 times and generated 60 yards earning them an average of 1.7 yards per run. For the game, they totaled 66 plays for a total of 351 yards. For the game, the Hilltoppers earned a total of 19 1st downs and they had 1 infraction for 15 yards which means they were extremely disciplined in this game. When it comes to their defensive performance, Western Kentucky allowed 15 catches on 29 attempts totaling 200 yards, and a completion percentage of 51.7%. Against the run, the Hilltoppers allowed 86 yards on 30 attempts which gave them an average of 2.9 yards per run allowed. For the game, they gave up a total of 286 yards and earned 1 takeaway.
The Hilltoppers head into this matchup 5-2 for the 2019 season. For total yardage, they rank 10th in the conference and 104th in the nation with 2,373 yards. In terms of scoring, they are one of the marginal teams in the country with an average of 22.3 points per game, ranking them 104th in the nation. As a unit, they have an average of 110 yards on the ground per game which is 13th in the conference. The Hilltoppers have one of the top tier defenses in D-1, giving up 17.9 points per game ranking them 2nd in Conference USA. When it comes to yards through the air, the Hilltoppers have allowed 1,603 yards. Teams are completing 52.5% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 7.6 yards per attempt. When talking about yards rushing, Western Kentucky is allowing 110.9 yards per game ranking them 2nd in Conference USA and 23rd in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3 yards per carry ranking them 2nd in Conference USA and 14th in the nation overall. Overall, they have conceded 776 rushing yards through 7 games.
In their last game, the Marshall Thundering Herd played the Florida Atlantic Owls and won 36-31. Brenden Knox paced the team on the ground during the game. He tore off a long run of 43 yards and he tallied 2 touchdowns during the game. He racked up a total of 220 yards via 23 carries which had him averaging 9.6 yards per carry. Armani Levias was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 70 yards on 4 receptions. He had an average of 17.5 yards per catch during the game. Leading the way at QB for the Thundering Herd was Isaiah Green who went 15/24 with 206 yards through the air and tossed 2 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 interception during the game. The Thundering Herd ran the ball a total of 43 times and added 255 yards which had them averaging 5.9 yards per carry. For the contest, the Thundering Herd racked up a total of 20 first downs and they had 6 infractions for 68 yards which tells us that they had an average outing in terms of discipline. In all, they ran 67 plays which gave them a total of 461 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Marshall allowed 21 completions on 39 attempts for a total of 362 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.8%. In the running game, the Thundering Herd allowed 57 yards on 36 tries which is an average of 1.6 yards per rushing attempt allowed. For the game, they allowed 419 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Thundering Herd head into this game 4-3. Marshall has made teams game plan around their running game by averaging 217 rushing yards per contest, ranking them 25th in the nation. As a team, they have a total of 1,519 yards rushing through 7 games, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The Thundering Herd average 434.6 yards per game overall ranking them 43rd in the nation and 4th in the conference. The Thundering Herd are conceding 26.6 points per contest which puts them at 5th in Conference USA and 59th in Division 1. Their passing defense is one of the mediocre units in D-1. They are giving up 248.4 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Thundering Herd are currently ranked 10th in Conference USA. In terms of points allowed, they have given up 186 points in total. In terms of yards on the ground, they are conceding 134.9 yards per game which puts them at 44th in Division 1 and 5th in Conference USA. For this year, they have given up a total of 944 yards rushing and 13.3 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Thundering Herd college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hilltoppers +4
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