Florida Atlantic Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds
Western Kentucky looks to cover the Hilltoppers-Owls point spread this week and improve its overall 6-3 mark when they host Florida Atlantic in Week 11 action.
They bring a 6-3 record (7-2 ATS) to the Week 11 battle against the 2-7 Owls, who are 7-2 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Western Kentucky go 5-3 so far and the Owls go 3-5.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Owls in this one found them as 15.5-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hilltoppers rated this week at No. 19 and the Owls sitting at No. 97. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 31-13 result in favor of the Hilltoppers this week.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Kentucky's No. 58-ranked offense, averaging 29.4 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 86 this week at 30.3 PPG. The Hilltoppers aerial game is averaging 219.7 yards per game, more than the Owls secondary allows through the air, 205.2 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Owls own the league's No. 111-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 251 yards per game when on the road. Western Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 25 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
In their last action, Florida Atlantic was a 24-17 loser on the road against Navy. They covered the 17-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (41) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jonathan Wallace ran through the Navy defense for 111 yards in Florida Atlantic's last game, but the Owls still lost a 24-17 decision at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Western Kentucky lost its last outing, a 34-29 result against Middle Tennessee on November 1. Western Kentucky failed to cover in that game as a 9-point favorite, while the 63 combined points took the game OVER the total. Antonio Andrews ran through the Middle Tennessee defense for 136 yards in Western Kentucky's last game, but the Hilltoppers still lost a 34-29 decision at L.T. Smith Stadium.
Florida Atlantic Owls Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on turf are 1-9
After being outgained are 1-9
When playing within the conference are 1-9
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 8-2
A few Owls at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida Atlantic's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games
Florida Atlantic is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Florida Atlantic is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games
Western Kentucky is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Western Kentucky is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games at home
Florida Atlantic home to Florida International, Friday, November 16
Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, November 17