The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (+8) are making a trip south to face their conference counterpart FIU Golden Panthers at Riccardo Silva Stadium. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and fans can catch it live by tuning in to ESPN+.
Western Kentucky vs. FIU Betting Odds
FIU is favored by 8 points in this CUSA matchup. The Hilltoppers are currently getting +250 moneyline odds while the Golden Panthers are -330. The over/under has been set at 59.5 points. It appears that there will likely be some good live betting opportunities during the contest.
The line initially opened at -9 and the O/U was set originally at 57.5, so early action has leaned toward both the Hilltoppers and the over.
The Hilltoppers are 0-1 straight up (SU) and they haven’t faced any CUSA competition yet. The Golden Panthers are 0-1 SU overall and are also 0-0 SU in conference play. The less-than-stellar Hilltoppers are down 4.0 units so far in 2019 and 0-1 against the spread (ATS). The team has posted an Over-Under record of 1-0.
The Golden Panthers are down 1.0 unit this season. The team is 0-1 ATS and has an O/U record of 0-1.
The Hilltoppers are still in search of their first win after a 35-28 loss to Central Arkansas last week. The passing game the big culprit Steven Duncan completed 26 passes for 304 yards, one score and two interceptions. Gaej Walker (152 yards on 19 rush attempts, two TDs) led the running attack. Jahcour Pearson (seven receptions, 68 yards) and Jacquez Sloan (five catches, 74 yards) handled the receiving duties in the defeat.
A week ago, Tulane knocked off this FIU crew by a score of 42-14. The Golden Panthers defense allowed the Green Wave to rush for 350 yards on 49 attempts, including four rush TDs. Darius Bradwell had a productive showing in the win for Tulane, recording 90 rushing yards on 13 attempts. For FIU, James Morgan completed 19-of-34 passes for 208 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Anthony Jones (48 rushing yards on 14 attempts, one TD) mounted the running game while Maurice Alexander (five receptions, 30 yards) and Shemar Thornton (four catches, 40 yards, one TD) led the receiving attack in the loss.
When these two schools faced each other last year, FIU knocked off Western Kentucky by three touchdowns 38-17.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. FIU Golden Panthers NCAA Prediction
SU Winner – FIU, ATS Winner – FIU, O/U – Over
Team Betting Trends
The Hilltoppers created 15 rushing touchdowns last season.
The Golden Panthers put up 27 rushing touchdowns last season.
The Hilltoppers registered 3.7 yards per carry last season while allowing a YPC of 4.5 to opponents.
The Golden Panthers rushed for 4.8 yards per carry last season and allowed 4.9 yards per rush attempt to opponents.
The Hilltoppers O-line yielded 32 sacks last season. Their defense created 28 sacks.
The Golden Panthers O-line gave up eight sacks last year. Their defense created 21 sacks
The Hilltoppers produced 15 passing touchdowns last season.
The Golden Panthers put up 27 passing touchdowns last season.
The Western Kentucky defense has sacked opposing QBs three times this year. FIU has recorded one sack.
The Over/Under for Western Kentucky’s previous game going into it was 54.5. The over cashed in the team’s 35-28 defeat to Central Arkansas.
The Over/Under for FIU’s last matchup was set at 57.5. The under cashed in the team’s 42-14 defeat to Tulane.