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College Football Betting Preview: Liberty Flames vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
October 24, 2023
A pair of Conference USA teams will square off on Tuesday evening in week 9 of the college football season on ESPNU when the Liberty Flames travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky to face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium with the game starting at 7:30 PM ET.
The Liberty Flames enter this game with a record of 7-0 following a 42-35 win at home against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders while failing to cover the 16-point spread as a home favorite in week 8 of the college football season. Liberty scored 42 points while compiling a total of 541 yards offensively which included 140 passing yards and 401 rushing yards while allowing 35 points and 428 total yards defensively which included 332 passing yards and 96 rushing yards. Kaidon Salter led the team in passing, completing 12 of 20 attempts for 140 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while also leading the team in rushing with 160 yards on 16 attempts. CJ Daniels led the team in receiving, catching six of seven targets for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Western Kentucky enters this game with a record of 4-3 following a 17-20 loss on the road against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks while failing to cover the 7.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 8 of the college football season. The Hilltoppers scored 17 points while compiling a total of 339 yards offensively which included 250 passing yards and 89 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 487 total yards defensively which included 222 passing yards and 265 rushing yards. Austin Reed led the team in passing, completing 24 of 48 attempts for 250 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while adding 18 rushing yards. Elijah Young led the team in rushing with ten carries for 39 yards. K.D. Hutchinson led the team in receiving, catching all four targets for 52 yards.
BookMaker has the Liberty Flames listed as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Tuesday night in week 9 of the college football season. These teams have only played one other time resulting in a 30-24 win for the Liberty Flames while covering the 14.5-point spread as an underdog. Liberty is 5-2 ATS overall, 3-0 ATS on the road, 5-2 ATS as a favorite, and 3-2 ATS in conference games this season while the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 4-3 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS at home, 1-1 ATS as an underdog, and 2-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
Liberty is the best team in Conference USA this season and has also been one of the best teams at covering the spread in the conference going 5-2 ATS overall. The Flames have covered the spread in all of their road games this season going 3-0 ATS on the road. Buy the .5 point and lay the points when the Liberty Flames travel to face the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in week 9 of the college football season on Tuesday night.
Spooky Express Pick: Liberty Flames -3
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