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Game Preview - Warhawks underdogs vs Hilltoppers at Louisiana-Monroe

Western Kentucky HilltoppersLouisiana-Monroe Warhawks
3-2October 03, 2013, 07:30 | Malone Stadium2-3


The Warhawks will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Hilltoppers at Malone Stadium in Week 6 action.

The Warhawks sit at 2-3 (1-4 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Hilltoppers are currently 3-2 (3-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Louisiana-Monroe is 2-3 OU, and Western Kentucky is 3-2 OU.

View Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as 3-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

The Warhawks sit at No. 106 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Hilltoppers are at No. 76 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Hilltoppers will win this game 29-11.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 19-7 winner as they battled Navy at home. Western Kentucky covered in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 26 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Warhawks were Week 5 losers coming out on the wrong end of 31-14 score against Tulane.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisiana-Monroe's No. 110-ranked offense (18 PPG) against a Hilltoppers defense that ranks No. 72 at 26.6 PPG. The Warhawks passing attack has averaged 226.8 yards per game, more than the Hilltoppers give up through the air (165.2 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Hilltoppers own the league's No. 86-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 210.33 yards per game when on the road. Louisiana-Monroe, on the other hand, rates No. 64 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Hilltoppers at Warhawks trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 18-7 ATS in its last 25 games
Western Kentucky is 11-2 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Lafayette, Tuesday, October 15th
Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State, Saturday, October 12th