Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Charlotte 49ers Prediction, 11/5/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Charlotte 49ers
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022
Location: Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, NC
Odds/Point Spread: 49ers (+16)
The Charlotte 49ers (2-7) will try to defeat the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (5-4) at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Saturday. Charlotte opens this game as 16-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 70.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come into this matchup with a record of 5-4 for this year. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Hilltoppers played the North Texas Mean Green and took a loss by a final of 40-13. L.T. Sanders was the leader on the ground for the Hilltoppers with 13 attempts for 76 yds (5.8 yards per carry). Austin Reed connected on 29/49 with 320 yds passing and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rate of 116.7 and finished the contest with 1 interception. Against the run, the Hilltoppers conceded 196 yards on 36 attempts, which is an average of 5.4 yds per rush allowed. Western Kentucky allowed 22 completions on 30 tries for 345 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.3%. When the final whistle blew, they had 79 plays which totaled 466 yds. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ran the ball 30 times and tallied 146 yds, earning them an average of 4.9 yds per attempt.
When it comes to scoring, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hold an average of 34.8 PPG. As a team they have an average of 153.4 yards on the ground which ranks them 65th in the country. The Hilltoppers have earned 4,242 total yards this year. In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, Western Kentucky has compiled 23 touchdowns through the air and 13 rushing touchdowns. Western Kentucky has 219 first downs, and they have been called for 69 infractions for 638 yards. They have surrendered the ball 15 different times.
The Hilltoppers are sitting in 51st in the nation regarding team defense, conceding 24.0 points per contest. They are allowing 3.8 yards per rush and 141.1 yards on the ground per contest for the year. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 1,270 running yards through 9 contests. When it comes to passing yardage, the Hilltoppers have given up 2,138 yds which has them sitting in 102nd in college football. They are allowing 237.6 yards per game via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 62.1%. Over the course of this year, they have surrendered 378.7 yards/game which ranks them 68th in Division 1. They have yielded 14 touchdowns via the pass as well as 11 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The 49ers come into this matchup with a record of 2-7 for this season. The last time they took the field, the 49ers got the win with a final of 56-23 against the Rice Owls. Shadrick Byrd ran the football 13 times for 83 yards, walking away from the game with 6.4 yards per attempt for Charlotte. Chris Reynolds (5 TDs) ended the game with 254 yds on 16/19 through the air while his quarterback rate was 283.3. He didn't toss any interceptions and his Y/A was 13.4. Charlotte conceded 30 rushing attempts for 152 yards (5.1 yds per rush). The 49ers secondary gave up a completion rate of 54.5%, surrendering 218 yards on 18 out of 33 passing. The 49ers finished the game with 514 yds while running 63 plays (8.2 yards per play). Charlotte ended up running for 5.6 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 239 yards on 43 carries.
Concerning this team's ability to score points, the 49ers rank 76th in D-1 by tallying 27.3 points per outing. During the season so far, the 49ers have compiled 2,484 yards via the pass together with an average of 276.0 throwing yards per outing, ranking them 33rd in D-1. The Charlotte 49ers are averaging 384.9 yards per outing, which is good for 76th in Division 1. The Charlotte offense has accrued 538 yards of penalties on 60 infractions, which ranks them 22nd in D-1 in terms of making mistakes.
Charlotte has conceded a total of 2,098 yards rushing (233.1 yards per game) as well as 24 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the year. They have conceded 21 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 273.9 yards/contest, which puts them in 117th in the nation. The 49ers defense has been on the field for 632 plays, which has them ranked 125th in D-1. The 49ers are surrendering 41.0 points per game, which has them ranked 131st in Division 1. This season, they have surrendered 369 pts.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/49ers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Hilltoppers -16
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