The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers face Arkansas this weekend to settle an SEC vs. Conference USA matchup. After a four-game win streak fueled by lockdown defense, WKU became overmatched during their current two-game losing streak. Once atop C-USA East’s standings at 4-0, the Hilltoppers 4-2 conference mark ranks third overall.
Likewise, sporting six consecutive losses, and an 0-6 SEC mark, Arkansas is trending downward. Still, due to competition faced, the homestanding Razorbacks open as -2.5 point favorites in this pick em affair.
Arkansas looks to end prolonged win droughtWinless in their past 14 conference tilts, the Razorbacks gladly welcome mid-major opposition Saturday. However, the slight lean in their favor isn’t convincing for a team jammed in the SEC West.
Last weekend, visiting Mississippi State (4-5) ended a four-game losing streak 54-24 at Arkansas’ expense. Ben Hicks’ 4 of 13, one interception outing typified the Razorbacks’ dry 9 of 24, 101 yards passing total.
Final from Fayetteville. pic.twitter.com/TM1bowif3T— Arkansas Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) November 2, 2019
Overall, Chad Morris’ men average 22.7 points, #105 FBS. To exploit the Razorbacks’ #119 defense, junior MSU tailback Kylie Hill added 234 ground yards and three touchdowns. Bulldogs quarterback Tommy Stevens made his 12 of 18 afternoon count as the senior lobbed two scoring strikes to highlight last Saturday’s division rout.
WKU defense needs rebound to secure bowl eligibilityOne win from bowl eligibility, it behooves the nation’s #27 defense to regain equilibrium. And, though WKU carries two straight losses into Fayetteville, their competitive drive is likely higher than Arkansas’ for Saturday’s encounter. Though, with distinct scheduling discrepancies between WKU and Arkansas, it’s tough to tell by numbers exactly how these teams match up. That stated, a holistic approach, or intangible-based factors, weigh heavily in today’s game. Bowl eligibility and the pride associated with downing SEC competition qualifies for Western Kentucky’s 2019 bucket list.
Although, last weekend Florida Atlantic threw two touchdowns, ran for two more, and secured a defensive touchdown to slide past the Hilltoppers 35-24. In that pivotal conference loss, senior quarterback Ty Storey threw three interceptions as his backfield gained just 63 yards.
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- Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Hilltoppers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf.
- Hilltoppers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Razorbacks are 2-9-2 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games.
- Razorbacks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
- Razorbacks are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.