UTSA at WKU: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

UTSA at WKU: 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

WKU Hilltoppers (1-3) vs UTSA Roadrunners (5-0)

Game Info: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Houchens-Smith Stadium)

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The UTSA Roadrunners will travel to Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium to take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday night in College Football action.

The UTSA Roadrunners improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 24-17, this past Saturday. UTSA led by a 17-10 margin at halftime and was able to pull away late in the 3rd quarter after a 31-yard TD reception by De’Corian Clark gave the Roadrunners a 24-10 lead. UTSA outgained UNLV by a 382-351 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Roadrunners was QB Frank Harris who completed 24 of 30 passes for 278 yards & 2 TD’s.

On the season, UTSA is averaging 34.6 ppg on 431.4 total yards per game (270.0 passing yds/g; 161.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UTSA is led by RB Sincere McCormick who has 541 rushing yards & 6 TD’s on 132 carries. QB Frank Harris has completed 68.8% of his passes for 1126 yards, 6 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Roadrunners have been Zakhari Franklin (29 rec, 397 yards, 4 TD), Joshua Cephus (34 rec, 374 yards, 2 TD), & De’Corian Clark (17 rec, 236 yards, 2 TD).

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Defensively, UTSA is holding their opponents to an average of 17.6 ppg on 298.2 total yards per game (227.0 passing yds/g; 71.2 rushing yds/g).

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-3 o the season after being defeated by the 17th ranked Michigan State Spartans, 48-31, this past Saturday. Western Kentucky had no answers defensively for the Spartans offense in the 1st half and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 42-16 margin. Western Kentucky outgained Michigan State by a 560-519 margin and committed 1 turnover sin the loss. Leading the way for the Hilltoppers was Bailey Zappe who completed 46 of 64 passes for 488 yards & 3 TD’s.

On the season, Western Kentucky is averaging 39.0 ppg on 520.5 total yards per game (441.5 passing yds/g; 79.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Western Kentucky has been led by QB Bailey Zappe who has completed 72.7% of his passes for 1712 yards, 16 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for Zappe and the Hilltoppers have been Jerreth Sterns (40 rec, 546 yards, 5 TD), Mitchell Tinsley (21 rec, 346 yards, 2 TD), Malachi Corley (27 rec, 253 yards, 2 TD), & Craig Burt Jr. (9 rec, 178 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Hilltoppers backfield has been the duo of Noah Whittington (21 att, 111 yards) & Adam Cofield (26 att, 97 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, Western Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 35.0 ppg on 459.5 total yards per game (243.0 passing yds/g; 216.5 rushing yds/g).

The Roadrunners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Hilltoppers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.

UTSA comes into this game with a defense that ranks 26th in scoring defense, however, they are going to have their hands full with the passing attack of Bailey Zappe and the Hilltoppers offense that comes into this game with a the top-ranked passing offense in College Football. UTSA has plenty of weapons on their own, led by Sincere McCormick & Frank Harris and should also have success offensively against a Hilltoppers defense that ranks just 120th in rushing defense. This should be a high scoring game and as I think both offenses will have no trouble going up and down the field against each other, I think the play here is to take the Over. Good Luck!

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