Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Old Dominion Monarchs Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Old Dominion Monarchs
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Monarchs (+12.5)
S.B. Ballard Stadium is the site where the Old Dominion Monarchs (1-5) will try to beat the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-4) on Saturday. Western Kentucky opens this matchup as 12.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 67.5.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers step onto the field holding a record of 1-4 this season. In their last matchup, the Hilltoppers played against the UTSA Roadrunners and took a loss by a final of 52-46. Adam Cofield was the best rusher for the Hilltoppers with 9 attempts for 65 yards (7.2 yards per attempt). Bailey Zappe finished 38/60 with 523 yds passing and 5 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 160.7 and finished the game with 1 interception. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Hilltoppers conceded 192 yards on 37 tries, which is 5.2 yds per rush allowed. Western Kentucky relinquished 29 completions on 39 tries for 372 yds, and a completion rate of 74.4%. Overall, they had 89 plays which converted into 670 yards. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ran the ball 29 times and tallied 147 yds, which is an average of 5.1 yds per carry.
The Hilltoppers have racked up 2,752 yards in total for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Western Kentucky has earned 22 touchdowns via the pass and 4 touchdowns via the ground. They have given the ball to the opposition 5 times. Western Kentucky has amassed 137 1st downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 38 infractions for 300 yds. As a team they maintain an average of 92.6 yards in the run game which has them sitting 120th in Division 1. When talking about getting in the endzone, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have an average of 40.4 points per game.
Concerning passing yards, the Hilltoppers are conceding 1,344 yds which has them ranked 90th in the country. They are giving up 268.8 yards per contest through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 63.7%. Over the course of this season, they are surrendering 480.4 yards/outing putting them 136th in Division 1. They have surrendered 10 touchdowns via the pass as well as 13 touchdowns pounding the rock. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.8 yards per run and 211.6 rushing yards per game so far this year. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 1,058 running yards through 5 contests. The Hilltoppers are ranked 136th in the nation in terms of the opposition scoring, conceding 38.4 points per game.
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The Monarchs head into this matchup 1-5 for this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Monarchs walked away with a loss by a score of 20-13 against the Marshall Thundering Herd. Darriel Mack Jr. (1 TD) ended the game with 106 yards on 9/22 passing while his QB rating was 78.2. He threw 2 picks and his Y/A was 4.8. Blake Watson carried the ball 26 times for 168 yards, walking away from the game with 6.5 yards per carry for Old Dominion. Old Dominion ran the ball for 4.3 yards per tote, totaling 209 yards on 49 carries. The Monarchs finished the contest with 315 yds while running 72 plays (4.4 yds per play). The Monarchs passing defense allowed a completion rate of 65.2%, surrendering 299 yards on 30 for 46 through the air. Old Dominion surrendered 32 attempts on the ground for 91 yards (2.8 yds per carry).
When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Monarchs sit 101st in the nation with 23.7 points per contest. For the year thus far, the Monarchs have compiled 999 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 166.5 passing yards per game, which is ranked 117th in the country. The Old Dominion Monarchs have an average of 345.8 yards per outing, which is good for 105th in D-1. The Old Dominion offense has accrued 393 yds of penalties on 44 violations, which is good for 25th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards.
Old Dominion has allowed the opposition a total of 789 yards rushing (131.5 yards per game) in addition to 7 touchdowns on the ground on the year. They have allowed 13 touchdowns via the pass and 199.0 yards/game, which has them sitting 49th in college football. The Monarchs defense has been on the field for 404 plays, which is good for 90th in the nation. The Monarchs are surrendering 29.5 points per contest, which has them 109th in Division 1. Overall, they have conceded 177 points.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Monarchs college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Monarchs +12.5
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