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Trojans vs Hilltoppers Game Preview

Troy TrojansWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
4-3October 26, 2013, 03:33 | L.T. Smith Stadium4-3

L.T. Smith Stadium will feature Hilltoppers vs. Trojans on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in Week 9 action.

They bring a 4-3 record (4-3 ATS) to the Week 9 battle against the 4-3 Trojans, who are 2-5 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Western Kentucky go 3-4 so far and the Trojans go 7-0.

View Troy Trojans vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Trojans in this one found them as 7.5-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.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 79-rated Trojans taking on the No. 70-rated Hilltoppers in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 32-29 win for the Hilltoppers on Saturday.

Last time out for Troy, they were a 35-28 winner as they battled Georgia State on the road. Troy failed to cover in the match as a 15-point favorite, while 63 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Corey Robinson's 350-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Troy earned a 35-28 win over Georgia State on Saturday at Georgia Dome. Antonio Andrews went over the 100-yard mark (154) in his team's latest effort, but Louisiana-Lafayette still defeated Western Kentucky by a score of 37-20.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Kentucky's No. 69-ranked offense (29.57 PPG) against a Trojans defense that ranks No. 103 at 33.71 PPG. The Hilltoppers passing attack has averaged 270.57 yards per game, less than the Trojans give up through the air (323.43 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Trojans feature the league's No. 68-rated road run defense, allowing 176.25 yards per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, ranks No. 29 in rushing offense at home.

A few Trojans at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Troy is 5-10-1 SU in its last 16 games
Troy is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Troy is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Troy's last 7 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
Western Kentucky is 5-10-1 SU in its last 16 games
Western Kentucky is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Western Kentucky is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Troy at Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday, October 31st
Western Kentucky at Georgia State, Saturday, November 2nd