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#149 Western Kentucky 45 vs.
#150 Marshall -4.5
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:30pm EDT
Joan C.Edwards Stadium, Huntington
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd

Where: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

When: Saturday, October 26, 2:30 PM. ET.

The Marshall Thundering Herd will be going for their third consecutive win when they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday afternoon.

Hilltoppers Going For Fifth Consecutive Win

The Hilltoppers have played well this season and currently sit on top of the Conference USA East standings. They will be trying to increase their division lead with a win over the Thundering Herd, which will give them their fifth win in a row and sixth win in their last seven games.

Western Kentucky has played well on the defensive end this season, holding opponents to 17.9 points per game. They have played particularly well over their last three games and held their opponents to 8.33 points per game. Even though the Thundering Herd has the 24th best ground game in the country, the Hilltoppers, who are giving up 110.3 rushing yards per game, should be able to keep the Thundering Herd’s running backs in check.

Offensively, the Hilltoppers are averaging 22.3 points per game, led by the 73rd-ranked passing game in the country. They will be able to move the ball through the air against the Thundering Herd, who are giving up 248.4 passing yards per game.

In their last game, Ty Storey completed 21 of 30 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, to lead the team past the Charlotte 49ers. The team will need another solid performance from him to snap their losing streak against the Thundering Herd.

Thundering Herd Going For Third Consecutive Win Over Hilltoppers

The Thundering Herd have had Western Kentucky’s number over the last two seasons and will try to pick up their third straight win over the rivals when they play on Saturday. However, the Hilltoppers are playing well at the moment and have a very good defense, which makes them a tougher challenge this year.

Marshall has played well on the offensive end, averaging 27.4 points per game. The team’s ground game has been the key to their success with the team averaging 216.9 rushing yards per game. Brenden Knox leads the way for the Thundering Herd with 719 yards and five touchdowns, but he will face some resistance from the Hilltoppers, who are giving up 110.3 rushing yards per game.

Defensively, the Thundering Herd haven’t played very well this season and are giving up 26.6 points per game. They struggled against the pass in their last game and gave up 362 yards to Florida Atlantic, who scored 31 points in the loss. They will need to do a better job against the pass if they want to pick up the win on Saturday.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Thundering Herd are playing well but they have struggled against the spread, especially at home. Even though they have a good offense that is averaging 27.4 points per game, they will have a hard time hitting their season average against the Hilltoppers, who are holding opponents to 17.9 points per game. The Thundering Herd have also struggled defensively and are giving up 26.6 points per game, which means the Hilltoppers, who have the 73rd best passing offense in the country, will be able to keep the score close against a Marshall team that has struggled against the pass and is giving up 248.8 passing yards per game. With the Hilltoppers playing well defensively over their last three games, holding opponents to 8.33 points per game, expect them to cover the spread in this game.

Prediction: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +5.5

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Thundering Herd are averaging 27.4 points per game, but they will struggle to hit their season average against a Western Kentucky team that is holding opponents to 8.33 points per game in their last three games. The Hilltoppers, who are averaging 22.3 points per game this season, should be able to score more than their season average in this game, but it won’t be enough to go over the total.

Prediction: Under 44.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Thundering Herd will cover the spread in the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Hilltoppers in the first half of their last three games, averaging 15.7 points per game while the Hilltoppers average 11.3 points per game.

Prediction: Marshall Thundering Herd -3.5

Half-Time Total Bet

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The Hilltoppers and Thundering Herd are averaging 27 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 22.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.