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Cure Bowl Betting Preview: Georgia State Is an UNDER Machine

The 2017 edition of the Cure Bowl pits Georgia State against Western Kentucky in a battle for the right to be called champion at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

MyBookie opened Georgia State as 4.5-point underdogs with a total of 49.

Shark Bites
  • Western Kentucky is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games.
  • Georgia State is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games on a three-game SU losing streak.
  • Western Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last five games after losing as a favorite.

The Panthers made their debut in the Cure Bowl two years ago when they were beaten by San Jose State. Leading Georgia State on offense are quarterback Conner Manning and wide receiver Penny Hart, and they’ll be leaned on heavily if the Panthers want to reverse some recent troubling trends. Georgia State enters the contest after losing its past two games, but averaged 21.7 points while allowing 25.5 points per game.

Western Kentucky fell off a bit this season without Jeff Brohm at the helm after the head coach left for Purdue. The Hilltoppers were coming off back-to-back Conference USA titles but regressed in 2017 to a 6-6 SU mark. The good news for Western Kentucky is the program has made four straight bowl appearances after making its first-ever appearance in the Little Caesars Bowl in 2012.

As far as betting trends go, the UNDER will likely receive plenty of action in this one at sportsbooks. The Panthers have a habit of going below totals, as the UNDER has paid out in five of Georgia State’s last six tilts.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pointed to a potential 29-23 result in favor of the Hilltoppers early in the week. That outcome may change during the week, if injuries alter the models, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

WKU Hilltoppers vs Georgia State Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Georgia State Panthers sport a record of 5-6 and 4-7 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the WKU Hilltoppers sit at 6-6 and 3-9 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER totals records are 3-8 for the Panthers and 7-5 for the Hilltoppers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Georgia State vs WKU injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 95 and the Hilltoppers at No. 63 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Georgia State's No. 118-ranked offense, averaging 19.7 PPG, against a WKU defense that ranks No. 67 this week at 26.83 PPG. The Georgia State aerial game is averaging 260.5 yards per game, more than the Hilltoppers secondary allows through the air, 201.08 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Hilltoppers feature the league's No. 69-rated road run defense, allowing 177.33 yards per game. Georgia State, meanwhile, ranks No. 125 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Mike White led the way last time out for the Hilltoppers, connecting for 355 passing yards, but failing to earn the victory in a 41-17 loss to Florida International at FIU Stadium.

In their last game, the Panthers were Week 14 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 24-10 score against Idaho.

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