Western Kentucky travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU in a battle that could go a long way in putting Western Kentucky on the map. For LSU, Western Kentucky presents a unique opponent. The college football week 8 betting odds have home-town LSU Tigers as gargantuan 16.5-point favorites to beat Western Kentucky.
LSU must be careful of not getting caught up in a trap game on Saturday. Western Kentucky boasts one of the top offenses in all of college football. After Western Kentucky, LSU has a bye week before taking on Alabama, their biggest rival for supremacy in the SEC. LSU cannot look ahead or the Hilltoppers might provide the fifth ranked team in the nation their first loss of the season.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Vs #5 LSU Tigers College Football Week 8 Spread
What: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6-1) at No. 5 LSU Tigers (6-0)
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Baton Rouge, LA
Stadium: Tiger Stadium
Weather: 81° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: LSU -16.5
Moneyline: Western Kentucky +550 vs LSU -800
Game Total: 65.5
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Why Bet On Western Kentucky to Beat #5 LSU (-16.5)
WKU senior Brandon Doughty is third in the nation with 39 completions of 20-plus yards, the Tigers secondary has surrendered 11 such plays in the past three games.
LSU has the runaway front runner for the Heisman Trophy in RB Leonard Fournette. That’s too bad because if Heisman voters took a look at Western Kentucky’s Brad Doughty, they’d see a QB that should be giving Fournette a run for his money.
Doughty has been the most impressive pure quarterback in college football this season. While Seth Russell at Baylor and Trevone Boykin at TCU use their legs almost as much as their arm to make plays for their teams, Doughty is a drop back passer that dominates from the pocket. Yes, Doughty has been playing against suspect competition, but his numbers are, in the words of Donald Trump, “Huge!”
Doughty has passed for 2709 yards. He’s completing 74% of his passes. He’s thrown 24 touchdowns to only 4 picks. What’s even more impressive is that in most games he’s completing between 10 to 12 yards per pass play on average. Doughty could make life awful for LSU’s secondary this Saturday.
Why Bet On #5 LSU (-16.5) to Beat Western Kentucky
LSU has won an FBS-record 51 straight regular-season non-conference games, including a 41-0 mark under Les Miles (since 2005).
Western Kentucky’s offense is fantastic because of Brad Doughty. The Hilltoppers average 536.1 yards of total offense. Doughty accounts for 407.1 yards of that. Western Kentucky scores 44 points a game.
But, the Hilltoppers’ defense isn’t very good. Western Kentucky allows 439.3 yards per game of offense. North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football, rushed for 203 yards against Western Kentucky. North Texas averaged 5.8 rushing yards against the Hilltoppers.
Western Kentucky will score points in this game, but they might not score enough to keep pace with Leonard Fournette and the LSU offense. Fournette rushed for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns against Florida’s defense last week in LSU’s terrific 35 to 28 win over the then eighth ranked Gators.
If Florida gave up that many yards to Fournette, what will Western Kentucky give up to the Heisman Trophy candidate? Leonard Fournette should have is way with the Hilltoppers defense. Western Kentucky will score in this game, but it won’t be enough to overtake the Tigers. My final score prediction is LSU 45, Western Kentucky 33.