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Western Kentucky hopes to defend its Conference USA Title

Western Kentucky Anthony Wales

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS over their last six games against Conference USA opponents. The Hilltoppers will attempt to defend their C-USA championship at home against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Western Kentucky's last seven games.
  • Western Kentucky is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • Louisiana Tech is 1-5 SU in its last six games on the road against teams with winning records.

Mike White did an admirable job of replacing Brandon Doughty in Western Kentucky's pass-heavy offense this season. The junior finished the regular season ranked seventh in the nation with 3,606 passing yards, ninth in passing touchdowns with 31 and fifth with a passer rating of 178.7. White has thrown only five interceptions in 355 pass attempts this season.

The Bulldogs had a 6-0 SU and ATS streak snapped last week in a surprising 39-24 road loss to Southern Miss as a 15-point road favorite. Louisiana Tech is 9-0 ATS in its last nine games coming off of an outright loss as a favorite. All four of the Bulldogs' losses this season have come on the road.

Louisiana Tech hosted Western Kentucky earlier this season and won the game in a 55-52 shootout.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Several shops tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada) set the point spread at -7.5 for the WKU Hilltoppers . NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

Odds Shark prediction models picked the Hilltoppers to win this game on Saturday 46-35. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

LA Tech Bulldogs vs WKU Hilltoppers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the WKU Hilltoppers have seen them go 9-3 and 5-7 ATS so far this season, while the LA Tech Bulldogs are at 8-4 and 7-4-1 ATS. In over under totals betting, the LA Tech Bulldogs are 9-3, while the WKU Hilltoppers are 6-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and WKU vs LA Tech injuries news.

The game pits the WKU Hilltoppers, currently No. 6 in our Odds Shark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the LA Tech Bulldogs, who rate No. 20 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the WKU Hilltoppers No. 6-ranked offense (44 PPG) against a LA Tech Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 82 at 30.58 PPG. The WKU Hilltoppers passing attack has averaged 329.83 yards per game, more than the LA Tech Bulldogs give up through the air (272.17 YPG on average).

Defensively, the LA Tech Bulldogs feature the league's No. 18-rated road run defense, allowing 124 yards per game. WKU, meanwhile, ranks No. 50 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last gridiron battle, Trent Taylor did much of the damage, producing 119 receiving yards but Southern Miss managed to defeat the Bulldogs 39-24 at MM Roberts Stadium.

Anthony Wales ran through the Marshall defense for 110 yards in WKU's last game, handing the Thundering Herd a 60-6 setback on Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Louisiana Tech is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Louisiana Tech is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Louisiana Tech's last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana Tech's last 6 games on the road
  • Western Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games
  • Western Kentucky is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games at home

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