Western Kentucky (@4.1) vs Louisville (@1.22)

Our Prediction:

Louisville will win

Western Kentucky – Louisville Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 16:00

If he cant go, I would expect to see up to three different quarterbacks. At 0-2, they dont have much to lose and they might as well get him legit game experience for the future. Eckels was injured on the last offensive play of the game for the Toppers and is listed as a game time decision for this weekend. Hes one of the highest rated recruits to ever sign with WKU and hes the only other quarterback they have that had a FBS offer coming out of high school. Personally, I think they should go with true freshman Kevaris Thomas.

Wideout Lucky Jackson had one of the better games of his career this past weekend though with four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Starting quarterback Drew Eckels, who has looked solid at times (when hes had time to throw) under center is questionable with an upper body injury after taking a beating against Maine. That injury is partially due to WKUs young offensive line still figuring things out. WKUs offense just needs to start putting together complete games. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are coming off a loss to FCS foe Maine which was one of the more depressing results for the program in recent history.

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That said, Diallo is one of the best athletes in the country, and Knox has the physical tools and craft to take on any shot-swatter. If they fly out of bounds, no harm. The key for Kentucky ball-handlers: be persistent. So what? Mahmoud with two fouls in the second half is a lot more dangerous than Mahmoud with four fouls in the second half. Mahmoud and Spalding will rack up some blocks. Keep attacking, and get those guys in foul trouble.

Western will come to Louisville hoping to find a way to get to the quarterback like they did against Wisconsin. A slight bright spot in that game was the defense who got a pick six and played pretty well outside of a handful of plays. Western Kentucky has struggled since Jeff Brohm left for Purdue and that was evident when they fell to Maine last week after being up 21 points. Unfortunately, those handful of plays all went for touchdowns.


The Cardinals have an over/under record of 1-1-0 and they are 0-2-0 against the spread. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travel to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to take on the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Hilltoppers have an ATS record of 1-1-0 while their over/under record is 1-1-0. The opening line for this game has Louisville as 20 point favorites.

Ben Holtis a captain of the defense and really makes a lot of plays at his middle linebacker spot. Both will be guys to keep an eye on when it comes to UofLs tight ends and running backs in the passing game. WKU runs a 4-2-5 set almost exclusively and they are very solid at the linebacker spot. Holt is a very good linebacker against the run but he leaves a lot to be desired in coverage. His battery mate, Masai Whyte, is more of a player that gets to play in space and make plays with his speed. Holt is the son of former defensive coordinator Nick Holt and he stuck around after Holt followed Jeff Brohm to Purdue.

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Key and Drell Greene are solid safeties but they both have had some issues with tackling in space and coverage. Unfortunately, thats where Wisconsin and Maine found success running the ball. A good illustration of how the Maine game went is Devon Key getting a pick six to give them a two score lead in the first quarter and then missing an open field tackle to give up a long touchdown catch and run in the second quarter. The coverage issues are a little less frequent but they have to play downhill in this defense and make plays on the edge. Greene has been a deep safety more often but they both really need to be able to do more in run support. Western will run a good amount of man coverage with Key covering a slot guy or a safety.

We wanna go up there and we know what we have at stake. We got a lot of belief in these players.

The offensive line for the Toppers played very well against Wisconsin but was the biggest weak point for the offense against Maine. This offensive line doesnt have great size but it fits what they want to do with stretch runs and screen throws. Maine was able to get to Eckels six times and forced a fumble that they returned for a touchdown. They can get out and block in space and they might see some success with that against an aggressive Louisville defense. How that happens is beyond me but the numbers and the video dont lie. They also held shut down the WKU running game which you just dont typically see from an FCS team. I also wouldnt be surprised to see them try to help the line by working in a good amount of short passes to the running backs and their very talented tight end, MikQuan Deane.

Marshall 34, Western Kentucky 24 (Oct. 26)

Pass and Malik Cunningham are both solid runners, so Masai Whyte and Ben Holt need to be prepared to chase them down when they get chased out of the pocket. On the flip side, WKUs defense more or less needs to do the same thing. Hopefully we some rapid improvement from the Tops offensive line to combat that so their offense can get going. Overall, we know Louisvilles defense is going to bring a lot of pressure on whoever plays quarterback for WKU.

DeAngelo Malone is another guy that flashed on the screen a lot in the first two games for the Toppers. Hes a tall and long defensive end that has been able to get around the edge and get to the quarterback a couple of times. Jones is a former linebacker that bulked up last year and still shows that athletic ability that you would hope he would hold onto after the position change. Both of these guys will provide a solid challenge for Louisvilles tackles. I think their best combination is Malone with Juwuan Jones on the other side. Hes also been used a couple of times in coverage and his athleticism jumps out at you.