The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will take on the UTSA Roadrunners for the Conference-USA Championship.
The Roadrunners lost their first game of the season on the road against North Texas, 45-23. While the Roadrunners put together a quality season, they will not be able to complete a perfect season. Still, the season was good enough to compete for a conference championship.
Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers went streaking, winning seven straight games after losing to UTSA, 52-46 back on October 9. Western Kentucky would like to think it’s a better team since that game. Here are our picks and predictions for the Conference-USA Championship game for Friday, December 3.
Western Kentucky vs UTSA odds
Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
Western Kentucky opened as an underdog but is currently a favorite against UTSA despite losing to UTSA earlier this season. Meanwhile, the total has shifted from 73.5 at open to 72.5 and as low as 71.5 at a couple of outlets.
Western Kentucky vs UTSA predictions
- Prediction: Western Kentucky -2.5 (-110)
- Prediction: Over 71.5 (-110)
- Best bet: Western Kentucky -2.5 (-110)
Predictions made on 11/30/2021 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
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Western Kentucky vs UTSA game info
• Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
• Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
• Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
• TV: CBSSN
Western Kentucky vs UTSA betting preview
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Western Kentucky: Joshua Simon TE (Out).
UTSA: No injuries to report.
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Betting trend to know
Hilltoppers are 5-0 ATS in their last five conference games. Find more NCAA betting trends for Western Kentucky vs. UTSA.
Western Kentucky vs UTSA picks and predictions
Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the play that we like the most for this game, which we would actually put some of our bankroll behind.
It’s hard to argue against Western Kentucky in this spot. Since losing to UTSA, the Hilltoppers are undefeated and have been one of the best offenses in the nation.
Western Kentucky scored 105 points in their last two games and have scored at least 42 points in their last five games, which all resulted in wins.
On the season, the Hilltoppers are averaging 42.3 points per game while allowing 27 points per game. Western Kentucky is literally averaging 525.1 points per game with quarterback Bailey Zappe leading the league in both passing yards and touchdowns. Zappe has thrown for 4,968 yards with 52 touchdowns on the season. The senior quarterback is one of a kind.
He’s also been given solid protection in the passing game and has plenty of weapons in the passing game including Jerreth Sterns, who has 12 touchdowns on 127 receptions.
Meanwhile, the defense has struggled to stop the run, giving up 149.4 yards per game. The tackling hasn’t been great either, but UTSA has struggled even more with tackling. Still, the coverage has been fantastic, as Western Kentucky is holding teams to just 261.9 yards per game using a pass rush that has also added plenty of pressure onto opposing quarterback.
UTSA, on the other hand, is scoring 36.9 points per game while allowing 22.2 points per game. The Roadrunners can score points in a hurry but have struggled to protect quarterback Frank Harris, who still has 23 touchdowns on the season with just five interceptions.
Defensively, the Roadrunners have excelled at stopping the run, allowing 121.6 yards per game. The pass rush has also been very effective; however, the coverage has been a bit of an issue, despite allowing just 225.2 points per game.
With a secondary that is going to struggle against Western Kentucky, it’s hard to believe that UTSA will win this game with the momentum that the Hilltoppers have offensively.
Prediction: Western Kentucky -2.5 (-110)
In the first meeting between these two teams, UTSA won 52-46. In conference championship games, the defense might step up a bit, but even a scoreline of 41-38 would bring this game Over the total.
Western Kentucky is averaging 43.3 points per game while UTSA is averaging 36.9 points per game. Western Kentucky should have no problems in the passing game and UTSA should be able to use the running game to their advantage in this one too.
I’ll still grab the Over, even at 71.5.
Prediction: Over 71.5 (-110)
Western Kentucky started off shaky. But after that UTSA loss, the Hilltoppers figured it all out. In the last seven weeks, despite UTSA staying undefeated for most of it, Western Kentucky simply looked like the best Conference USA team.
I’ll side with Western Kentucky. UTSA is about to lose two straight after starting the season 11-0.
Pick: Western Kentucky -2.5 (-110)
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