WKU with rare home advantage vs La Tech in C-USA battle
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have the NCAAF betting as well as the home advantage in the Conference USA championship game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday, December 3rd at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, KY. Here is the college football sportsbook match-up:
Louisiana Tech +10½ (-120) 80½ (-110) +305
The Bulldogs (8-4) fell 24-39 to the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in their last regular season game on Friday. Ryan Higgins finished 22 of 39 for 246 yards with three interceptions. Jarred Craft ran for 10 yards and two TDs on nine carries. Trent Taylor had 119 yards on 10 receptions. Xavier ‘New Day’ Woods had 12 tackles. Jaylon Ferguson had 2 ½ sacks. Jonathan Barnes kicked 1 of 2 field goals. The Bulldogs saw a seven-game winning streak come to an end. The Bulldogs had clinched the West Division title for the second time in school history on November 12th by defeating the UTSA Roadrunners.
The Hilltoppers (9-3) blew out the Marshall Thundering Herd 60-6 on Saturday. Mike White went 16 of 27 for 233 yards with three TDs. Anthony Wales ran for 110 yards and two TDs on 13 carries. Nicholas Norris had 79 yards and one TD on three receptions. Keith Brown had 14 tackles and one sack. Joe Brown returned an interception 52 yards. Skyler Simcox made 3 of 3 field goals. WKU has won six games in a row. The Hilltoppers gained hosting rights for the second straight season by the combination of their at Marshall and Louisiana Tech’s defeat to Southern Miss on November 26th.
La. Tech is averaging 517.1 total yards (348.0 passing and 169.1 rushing) and allowing 398.2 total yards (272.2 passing and 126.0 rushing) per game. Higgins is 265 of 399 (66.4%) for 3706 yards with 34 TDs and seven picks. Craft has run for 997 yards and nine TDs on 169 carries. Taylor has 1462 yards and 10 TDs on 113 catches. Jordan Harris has 94 combined tackles. Ferguson has 14½ sacks. Woods has intercepted five passes.
WKU is averaging 505.8 total yards (329.8 passing and 176.0 rushing) and allowing 355.9 total yards (249.0 passing and 106.9 rushing) per game. White is 239 of 356 (67.1%) for 3606 yards with 31 TDs and five picks. Wales has run for 1167 yards and 20 TDs on 166 carries. Norris has 1103 yards and 13 TDs on 67 catches. Brown has 115 combined tackles and four sacks.
NCAAF betting trends for WKU: the Hilltoppers are 4-1 against the spread and 5-0 straight-up in the last five games, 8-4 against the spread in the last 12 home games, and 16-1 straight-up in the last 17 home games. The total has gone over in five of Western Kentucky’s last seven games.