Hilltoppers visit Volunteers in Week 2 battle
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds
A key Week 2 battle has the visiting Hilltoppers travelling to Tennessee on Saturday to face the Volunteers.
The Volunteers currently sports a record of 1-0, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 0-1 ATS. The Hilltoppers are 1-0 and 1-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Volunteers post a 0-1 over under record this season, while the Hilltoppers have gone 1-0 against the number.
Betting Line: Those siding with the visitors in this one saw the Hilltoppers listed as 12.5-point underdogs earlier this week at Bovada. Meanwhile, the over under line was unavaiilable earlier in the week.
Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 32-rated Volunteers and the No. 96-rated Hilltoppers in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 72-36 win for the Volunteers on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tennessee's No. 20-ranked offense (45 PPG) against a Hilltoppers defense that ranks No. 60 at 26 PPG. The Volunteers passing attack has averaged 132 yards per game, less than the Hilltoppers give up through the air (203 YPG on average).
Western Kentucky was a 35-26 winner in its last match at home against Kentucky. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 61 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Hilltoppers grabbed a Week 1 victory over the Wildcats in their last game, winning 35-26 at L.T. Smith Stadium.
Tennessee was a 45-0 winner in its last match at home against Austin Peay. They failed to cover the 49-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 45 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Rajion Neal went over the 100-yard mark (141) in his team's latest effort as Tennessee defeated Austin Peay by a score of 45-0 on Saturday.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 4-6
Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 9-1
A few Hilltoppers at Volunteers trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games
Western Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tennessee's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tennessee's last 7 games at home
Tennessee is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Tennessee is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Western Kentucky at South Alabama, Saturday, September 14
Tennessee at Oregon, Saturday, September 14