Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. BYU Cougars – College Football, October 31, 2020
Those of you who want to stay up late on Halloween night to see a genuine Heisman Trophy candidate go to work on ESPN, this post sets the stage.
There’s not a lot to say about a Western Kentucky vs. BYU prediction – the writing is on the wall. However, locking in a betting pick will certainly add to the excitement.
Let’s see if there’s any value to be had on betting on this NCAAF game.
Western Kentucky vs. BYU Odds
I see no reason to beat around the bush and come up with storylines to get you excited about the Hilltoppers. Western Kentucky is a horrific 0-6 against the spread in 2020. It goes without saying, but that’s the worst mark in all of college football.
Conversely, BYU is 5-1 ATS and has been lighting up their opponents.
Assessing the Hilltoppers in 2020
Allow me to shine a light on Western Kentucky’s 2-4 record.
Three point-victories over Middle Tennessee and Chattanooga are all Tyson Helton has to show for his efforts. And saying the offense has been poor, well, that’d be an understatement.
Western Kentucky hasn’t topped 14 points in any of their previous three outings and is one of nine FBS teams converting fewer than 27% of their third downs. Four of those schools have only played one game, whereas the Hilltoppers have six games worth of data to fall back on.
166.8 passing yards per game is all WKU averages, as the moral here is this squad is capped on offense.
I’d love to be able to boast about all of their playmakers on defense, but searching for high-level defenders has me coming up empty-handed. Case in point – the Hilltoppers have accumulated a total of nine sacks and two interceptions (as a team) through six games.
That’s, umm, not very good.
Assessing the Cougars in 2020
Now for a team that’s thriving and sitting on the opposite end of the spectrum.
6-0 and absolutely cruising past their competition, the Cougars have their eyes set on an NY6 Bowl game. Kalani Sitake rolls out a menacing defense that has been relentless at every level. It’s no surprise that BYU has continually held their opposition to a significantly lower output than their season average.
16 sacks and 18 pass deflections tell part of the story, and know that the Cougars surrender fewer than 285 yards per game.
As great as the defense in Provo has been, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight the guy that some are nicknaming “Patrick Mahomes 2.0.”
BYU QB Zach Wilson on throws 20+ yards downfield— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 28, 2020
? 8 TDs (t-1st)
? 0 INTs
? 156.3 passer rating (1st) pic.twitter.com/0oW9jcxlyH
Zach Wilson has been nothing short of sensational and is showing zero signs of slowing down. Dax Milne has hauled in seven or more balls in four of the team’s six games, and Tyler Allgeier is chipping in with 82.0 rushing yards/game on an impressive 6.6 yards per carry.
Add everything up and the Cougars are as legit of a team as you’ll find west of the Mississippi.
Western Kentucky vs. BYU Pick
My Western Kentucky vs. BYU prediction is that the Cougars recognize the opportunity standing in front of them. This game is being nationally-televised on ESPN, it takes place at LaVell Edwards Stadium, and WKU is hurting.
Wanting to prove their worth to the NCAAF community, I see BYU leaving no stone unturned.
That means putting a merciless beating on the Hilltoppers Saturday night in Provo.
More NCAAF Picks on Halloween
Once you book your Western Kentucky vs. BYU pick, you’re almost ready to take the kiddos trick-or-treating. While the Cougars covering the spread made it to my list of best college football bets for October 31, it’s not the only matchup I have my eye on.
There’s a game in the Big Ten and one in the Big 12 that I’ll be keeping close tabs on.