WKU at Florida Atlantic: 11/7/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

WKU at Florida Atlantic: 11/7/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Atlantic Owls (2-1) vs WKU Hilltoppers (2-5)

Game Info: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm (FAU Stadium)

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will travel to FAU Stadium to take on the FAU Owls this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers dropped to 2-4 (1-2 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the 11th ranked BYU Cougars, 41-10, this past Saturday. Western Kentucky was clearly overmatched on both ends of the field agianst the talented Cougars and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 35-3 margin. Western Kentucky was outgained by BYU by a 410-262 margin and committed a turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was QB Tyrrell Pigrome who completed 19 of 20 passes for 106 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 16.6 ppg on 275.0 total yards per game (158.1 passing yds/g; 116.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by QB Tyrrell Pigmore who has completed 58.7% of his passes for 738 yards & 8 TD. Pigmore is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Hilltoppers has he had 246 rushing yards on 60 carries. The top receiving threats for the Hilltoppers have been Mitchell Tinsley (26 rec, 231 yards, 3 TD), Xavier Lane (20 rec, 207 yards, 1 TD), and Joshua Simon (20 rec, 194 yards, 3 TD). Leading the way for the Hilltoppers backfield has been the duo of Gaej Walker (71 att, 274 yards, TD) and Jakairi Moses (31 att, 183 yards).

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Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 29.7 ppg on 375.6 total yards per game (190.0 passing yds/g; 185.6 rushing yds/g).

The FAU Owls improved to 2-1 (2-1 C-USA) on the season after defeating the UTSA Roadrunners, 24-3, this past Saturday. FAU was outstanding defensively agianst UTSA and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 17-3 lead into halftime. FAU outgained UTSA by a 332-230 margin and did not commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Owls was RB Malcolm Davidson who has 115 rushing yards on 14 carries.

On the season, FAU is averaging 18.0 ppg on 293.7 total yards per game (127.3 passing yds/g; 166.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, FAU has been led by the background duo of Malcolm Davidson (26 att, 195 yards, TD) and James Charles (23 att, 101 yards, TD). QB Nick Tronti has completed 56.3% of his passes for 382 yards, 3 TD, and 1 INT. Tronti also has done some damage with his legs as he has 81 yards & 2 TD’s on the ground. The top receivers for the Owls have been TJ Chase (9 rec, 120 yards, TD), Aaron Young (4 rec, 68 yards, TD), and Jordan Merrell (6 rec, 54 yards).

Defensively, FAU is holding their opponents to an average of 13.3 ppg on 337.0 total yards per game (230.3 passing yds/g; 106.7 rushing yds/g).

The Hilltoppers are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall, however, are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games on grass. The Owls are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in November and 2-1 ATS on the season.

FAU is not the same level of team that we have seen in the past few years, but this is start a very talented football team that is continuing to continue to get better under Willie Taggart. Western Kentucky has struggled this season with their only wins coming agianst MTSU and Chattanooga and as I think the Hilltoppers offense is going to have to trouble finding success against the Owls on the road, I’m taking FAU to cover here. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick FAU Owls -8.5

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