Bahamas Bowl Prediction

WKU vs Old Dominion Bahamas Bowl Prediction 12/18/2023

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-5) face off against the Old Dominion Monarchs (6-6) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte and televised on ESPN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Kickoff is set for 2:30 ET.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Old Dominion Monarchs

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Are Coming Off A Win

Heading into their matchup with Old Dominion, the Hilltoppers are looking to build on their most recent 41-28 win over Florida International. In the win against Florida International, quarterback Austin Reed wrapped up the game with a QB rating of 135.42 after completing 26 of 35 passes for 280 yards. He also added four touchdowns to his performance.

Heading into the game Western Kentucky was the betting favorite at 10.5 and picked up an ATS win. Together, the teams scored 69 points, resulting in a hit for the over.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on the Old Dominion with a 7-5 record, including 3-2 on the road and 2-2 at home.

Heading into this week’s matchup with Old Dominion, the Hilltoppers have been favored in six games and the underdog in three. Their ATS mark coming into the game is 5-4. So far in this season, Western Kentucky has posted an over/under record of 5-4. On average, their matchups have yielded a combined score of 58 points, with the typical over/under line set at 59.7 points.

The Old Dominion Monarchs Are Coming Off A Win

Old Dominion most recently faced off against Georgia State and came away with a 25-24 win. The Monarchs were able to pull out the win, despite falling behind early and trailing 7-0 after the first quarter. Grant Wilson found the endzone in multiple ways against Georgia State, throwing for 208 yards and one touchdown in addition to rushing for one touchdown.

The over/under betting line going into the game was 50.5 points, which the teams did not surpass. Even though they lost straight-up, Georgia State covered the spread as 1 point underdogs.

This season, the Old Dominion Monarchs are currently 6-6. So far this season, they have played six road games and six at home.

Heading into this week’s matchup with Western Kentucky, the Monarchs have been favored in three games and the underdog in nine. Their ATS mark coming into the game is 7-4-1. So far in this season, Old Dominion has posted an over/under record of 5-7. On average, their matchups have yielded a combined score of 49.2 points, with the typical over/under line set at 53.4 points.

Western Kentucky Offense Breakdown

The Hilltoppers’ heads into the game, averaging 110.2 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt. Overall, they’re 113th in rushing yards and 113th in passing yards at 286.6 yards per contest. Western Kentucky is averaging 29.8 points per game, which is 47th in the nation.

This season, Austin Reed has been responsible for 3324 passing yards, maintaining an average of 11.5 per completion. He has a completion rate of 61.5%, having thrown 31 touchdowns.

Old Dominion Offense Breakdown

Old Dominion’s offense has put up an average of 22.9 points per game, placing them 79th in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they’ve gained 200.8 passing yards on average, ranking 95th in the nation. On the ground, they’re holding the 76th position in rushing yards, with 442 rushing attempts per game this season.

Grant Wilson has thrown for 2026 yards this season, with an average of 12.3 per completion. His completion percentage is 56.9%, and he’s recorded 16 touchdowns.

Western Kentucky Team Defense

This season, the Hilltoppers’ defense has allowed 191.5 rushing yards per game, ranking 66th. Opponents average 238.6 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks have put together a passer rating of 85.9 against Western Kentucky. They hold the 37th position in NCAA points allowed.

Old Dominion Team Defense

Old Dominion’s defense sits at 99th for points allowed, allowing 26.2 points per game. So far, teams have been averaging 238.2 passing yards per game against them (115th nationally). On the ground, they’re yielding 147.9 rushing yards, ranking them 78th in college football.

Western Kentucky vs Old Dominion Trends

  • Looking at Western Kentucky’s five most recent road games, they have put together a record vs. the spread of 3-2.
  • Old Dominion is 7-3 in their last ten home games.
  • Old Dominion’s ATS record in their three most recent games as an underdog is 2-1.
  • Western Kentucky’s record vs. the spread in their five most recent games as the favorite is 1-4.

Western Kentucky vs Old Dominion Prediction

Old Dominion’s offense hasn’t been performing well on third down so far this season. I don’t see them suddenly resolving this issue, and like Western Kentucky +1.5.

So far this season, Western Kentucky’s games have combined for 58 points. With the over/under line sitting at 55, I’m taking the over.

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