Week 5 College Football Matchup: Navy Midshipmen at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Odds courtesy of 5dimes
The Navy Midshipmen are a perfect 2-0 on the season on the strength of a rush which ranks No. 1 in the nation with 398 yards per game. The Midshipmen will take that power into Western Kentucky where college football oddsmakers at 5dimes find the Midshipmen to be 3.5 point favorites.
The team had a bye last week, but defeated Delaware 51-7 on Sept 14 and Indiana 41-35 on Sept 7. Keenan Reynolds has been accurate on the pass plays the Midshipmen have run and has thrown 12-of-17, but it is his rushing that has made the difference. The QB has ran 47 times for 236 yards, amounting for a full one-third of the team’s rushes. Backs Darius Staten and Geoffrey Whiteside each have rushed for over 100 yards, and Whiteside also has three receptions for 89 yards. It’s a potent offense for the Hilltoppers to combat in this matchup.
Western Kentucky is 2-2 on the season with victories over Kentucky and Morgan State. The Hilltoppers lost badly 20-52 to Tennessee and South Alabama was victorious by a touchdown on Sept 14. The rush has been effective, ranking 27th in the nation with 226.8 yards per game.
Antonio Andrews accounts for well over half that yardage with 65 carries on the season for an average of 8.4 yards per carry. Leon Allen contributes 5.9 yards per carry on 31 rushes. And the Hitlltoppers have an accurate arm in Brandon Doughty, who’s thrown 78-of-122, but has 8 INTs.
0-4 ATS in last 4 after allowing less than 20 pts previous wk; UNDER 4-0 in last 4 after scoring 40-plus previous week; UNDER 4-0 in last 4 following an SU win of 20 or more
OVER 4-0-1 in last 5 vs teams with winning records; UNDER 4-0 in last 4 following SU win of 20-plus; 5-0 ATS in last 5 after scoring 40-plus previous week.