WKU vs Jacksonville State Prediction - College Football Picks 10/17/23

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (5-2) vs WKU Hilltoppers (4-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium)

Betting Odds: Jacksonville State Gamecocks +7 -- Over/Under: 61 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Jacksonville State Gamecocks face off on Tuesday in a college football showdown at Burgess-Snow Field. 

Hilltoppers Look for Third Straight Win 

Western  Kentucky comes into this game with a 4-2 record overall and they have won two games in a row. In the last game against Louisiana Tech, the Hilltoppers scored 35 points and they ended up winning by seven. Austin Reed had a strong game completing 19 of his 34 passes for 297 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Western Kentucky is averaging 32.2 points while their defense is giving up 29 points per game. The offense is ranked 44th and is going to need to be strong here. 

Western Kentucky Betting Trends

  • Western Kentucky has won each of its last five games against conference opponents.
  • Western Kentucky has covered the spread in five of its last six games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Western Kentucky has won the first half in three of its last four road games against conference opponents.
  • Five of Western Kentucky's last six October games as a road favorite have gone UNDER the total points line.

How Does Jacksonville State Bounce Back?

Jacksonville State sits with a 5-2 record overall but they have lost two games in a row. In the last game against Liberty the offense only scored 13 points and that led to the blowout defeat. Logan Smothers completed 8 of his 18 passes for 115 yards, one interception and zero touchdowns. The defense was good to start the season, but they can’t struggle like they did in the last game or this will be a long game. Jacksonville State is averaging 28 points while their defense is giving up 19.4 points per game. If the defense stepus up here and Smothers has a big game, they will have a chance to get the job done. 

Jacksonville State Betting Trends

  • Jacksonville State has won three of its last four games.
  • Jacksonville State has covered the spread in three of its last four October games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Six of Jacksonville State's last eight games as an underdog against non-AP-ranked teams have gone UNDER the total points line.

Shane’s Free Pick

Western Kentucky is going to find success in this game. Jacksonville State has really struggled the last couple of games and at this point it kind of looks like it’s all a fluke. Jacksonville State’s defense is going to really struggle again here, and that will be the difference as Western Kentucky is going to get the job done here. Back Western Kentucky against the spread to cash here. 

Shane’s Pick Western Kentucky -7

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