Memphis Tigers Vs Western Kentucky Boca Raton Odds & PickNoah Williams
The only college football bowl game on Tuesday features the Memphis Tigers and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in what should be a high-scoring affair at the Boca Raton Bowl. The college football Boca Raton bowl odds favor Western Kentucky by 5-points. Kick-off is this Tuesday, December 20 at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN from the FAU Football Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.
Memphis Tigers ay Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Boca Raton Odds & Pick
What: Boca Raton Bowl
Who: Memphis Tigers (8-4) vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-3)
When: Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Boca Raton, FL
Stadium: FAU Football Stadium
Spread: Western Kentucky -5
Moneyline: Memphis +180 vs Western Kentucky -220
Game Total: 79
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Memphis vs Western Kentucky
Why Bet The Memphis Tigers To Beat Western Kentucky
Memphis enters this meeting with an 8-4 SU and 5-7 ATS this season. They average 39.5 points per game (17th) and allow 27.0 points per game (65th).
"One of the great things about this game is you see two explosive football teams," first-year Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. "Obviously, a lot of attention goes to the offensive side of the ball, but defensively you see two teams that love to attack, very multiple. … These are two teams that put points on the board in a variety of ways."
The Tigers average 294.9 passing yards per game (20 th ). QB Riley Ferguson (3326 yards, 28 TDs & 9 INTs) threw four touchdowns passes in their latest 48-44 win over Houston. WR Anthony Miller (84 rec, 1283 yards, 11 TDs) is the best receiver on the team. He averages 15.3 yards per catch. He has seven more touchdowns receptions than any other Tiger. Memphis averages 166.5 rushing yards per game (78th). RB Doroland Dorceus (127 car, 783 yards, 9 TDs) is a capable back.
Memphis has the 88th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 242.5 passing yards per game (82nd) and 200.2 rushing yards per game (85th).
Why Bet The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers To Beat Memphis
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 10-3 SU and 6-7 ATS this season. They average 44.9 points per game (2nd) and allow 14.0 points per game (15th).
"We are an attacking defense," said Nick Holt, who got the job of interim coach for the Hilltoppers when Jeff Brohm moved on to Purdue. "We like to get after people.
"In fact, our style as a football program, as a football team, we want to have fun, we want to be entertaining. We want to have people in their seats go, ‘Wow, these guys play hard and they’re fun to watch.’
"I think that’s the kind of product we put out on the field."
The Hilltoppers average 336.8 passing yards per game (5th). QB Mike White (4027 yards, 34 TDs & 6 INTs) has been flawless this season. White has thrown one interception in the last five games while tossing 14 touchdowns. WRs Taywan Taylor (89 rec, 1586 yards, 16 TDs) and Nicholas Norris (1253 yards, 13 TDs) have been unstoppable this season. RB Anthony Wales (202 car, 1376 yards, 24 TDs) averages 6.8 yards per carry this season.
“They have a lot of playmakers on offense,” said senior Memphis defensive back Arthur Maulet. “It’ll be a tough challenge, but we just gotta play technique-sound.”
Western Kentucky has the 57th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 268.7 passing yards per game (110th) and 99.1 rushing yards per game (4th).
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Western Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Memphis is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
- Memphis is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Western Kentucky did have the benefit of playing in the easier conference and the Hilltoppers have the nation’s 10th-best offense. Two of their three losses were by a field goal or less, and two were to SEC teams. In fact, losing by only 28 in Tuscaloosa is not awful, in hindsight.
Memphis, is averaging 44 points per game in its last four games of the season and is facing a defense led by defensive coordinator Nick Holt.
My final score prediction is Memphis 30, Western Kentucky 38.