Old Dominion vs. WKU - 10/5/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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WKU Hilltoppers (2-2) at Old Dominion Monarchs (1-3)
College Football: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm (Foreman Field)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs +3.5 -- Over/Under: 45 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Old Dominion Monarchs meet Saturday in college football action at S.B. Ballard Stadium.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers look for their second road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have split their last six road games. Steven Duncan is completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 790 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Duncan and Ty Storey have combined for seven touchdown passes and four interceptions. Jahcour Pearson and Lucky Jackson have combined for 422 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Joshua Simon has seven receptions. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers ground game is averaging 89.5 yards per contest, and Gaej Walker leads the way with 312 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing 25 points and 338.5 yards per game. DeAngelo Malone leads the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers with 37 tackles, Juwuan Jones has 3.5 sacks and Kyle Bailey has two interceptions.
The Old Dominion Monarchs need a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Old Dominion Monarchs have split their last eight home games. Stone Smartt is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 689 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Smartt has one touchdown pass in 109 pass attempts this season. Kesean Strong and Eric Kumah have combined for 198 receiving yards on 23 catches while Marcus Joyner has six receptions. The Old Dominion Monarchs ground game is averaging 122.5 yards per contest, and Smartt leads the way with 163 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Old Dominion is allowing 26 points and 306 yards per game. Lawrence Garner leads the Old Dominion Monarchs with 35 tackles, Juwan Ross has 2.5 sacks and Lance Boykin has one interception.
The Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Monarchs are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games on fieldturf, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Monarchs last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Hilltoppers last 4 road games.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have failed to cover eight of their last 10 games as a road favorite. The Old Dominion Monarchs have failed to cover five of their last eight games as a home underdog. Both of these teams have had issues for different reasons, but it's ODU that's played the tougher schedule, which could help the Monarchs in this game. After playing Virginia Tech and Virginia on the road, Old Dominion could be much better prepared for this contest. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers usually win ugly. I'll take my chances with the free field goal and the home team.
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Randy’s Pick Old Dominion Monarchs +3.5
AUTHOR: Randy Chambers
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