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    At 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-1) play at the Troy Trojans (1-2).

    The Trojans are favored, but by less than a touchdown (-3.5), versus the Hilltoppers. The over/under for this game is 58.5 points.

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    Game Info for Troy vs. Western Kentucky

    • Game Day: Saturday, September 23, 2023
    • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPNU
    • Location: Troy, Alabama
    • Stadium: Veterans Memorial Stadium
    Troy vs Western Kentucky Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Troy -3.5 -110 -110 58.5 -111 -109 -175 +146

    Troy Pick Insights

    • Troy has compiled a 0-2-0 record against the spread this season.
    • One of Troy’s two games with a set total has hit the over (50%).

    Troy Stats & Insights

    • Troy is compiling 382 yards per game on offense (74th in the FBS), and rank 47th on the other side of the ball, yielding 309 yards allowed per game.
    • Offensively, Troy ranks 88th in the FBS with 25 points per game. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 99th in points allowed (309 points allowed per contest).
    • Troy is compiling 248.7 passing yards per game on offense, which ranks them 57th in the FBS. The defense ranks 42nd, allowing 195.3 passing yards per contest.
    • Troy is averaging 133.3 rushing yards per game offensively this season (92nd in the FBS), and is surrendering 113.7 rushing yards per game (50th) on defense.
    • On offense, Troy ranks 100th in the FBS with a 35.6% third-down conversion rate. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 70th in third-down conversion rate allowed (113.7).
    • Troy has the 10th-worst turnover margin in college football at -5, forcing two turnovers (107th in the FBS) while turning it over seven times (115th in the FBS).

    Troy’s Best Players

    • Gunnar Watson has thrown for 697 yards (232.3 ypg) to lead Troy, completing 56% of his passes and tossing seven touchdown passes compared to three interceptions this season.
    • Kimani Vidal has carried the ball 53 times for a team-high 358 yards on the ground. He’s also tacked on three catches for 59 yards (19.7 per game).
    • Jarris Williams has racked up 46 yards on eight attempts, scoring one time.
    • Jabre Barber’s 156 yards as a receiver lead the team. He’s been targeted 20 times and has registered 11 receptions and two touchdowns.
    • Chris Lewis has caught nine passes for 143 yards (47.7 yards per game) and one touchdown this year.
    • Devonte Ross’ 12 grabs are good enough for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
    • Javon Solomon has two sacks to pace the team, and also has two TFL and 10 tackles.
    • Jayden McDonald, Troy’s leading tackler, has 16 tackles and two TFL this year.
    • Reddy Steward leads the team with two interceptions, while also collecting nine tackles, one TFL, and two passes defended.

    Western Kentucky Betting Insights

    • Western Kentucky is 1-1-0 against the spread this season.
    • Western Kentucky is winless against the spread (0-1) when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs.
    • Western Kentucky has gone over in one of two games with a set total (50%).

    Western Kentucky Pick Insights

    • Western Kentucky’s defense has been a bottom-25 unit in total defense this season, allowing 490 total yards per game, which ranks seventh-worst. On the offensive side of the ball, it ranks 68th with 394 total yards per contest.
    • Western Kentucky’s defense has been bottom-25 in scoring defense this season, allowing 36.3 points per game, which ranks 14th-worst in the FBS. On offense, it ranks 46th with 34.3 points per contest.
    • In terms of passing, Western Kentucky ranks 29th in the FBS (286 passing yards per game) and 96th on the other side of the ball (245.7 passing yards allowed per game).
    • Western Kentucky has plenty of room to improve in the running game, as it ranks 20th-worst in rushing yards per game (108) and fourth-worst in rushing yards allowed per game (244.3).
    • Western Kentucky’s offense has been struggling on third down, ranking 23rd-worst in the FBS with a 33.3% third-down conversion percentage. It has been more effective on the defensive side of the ball, allowing a 46.5% third-down rate (107th-ranked).
    • Western Kentucky has a top-25 turnover margin this season, ranking 14th-best at +4.

    Western Kentucky’s Best Players

    • Austin Reed leads Western Kentucky with 796 yards on 77-of-120 passing with seven touchdowns compared to one interception this season. He has chipped in with 55 rushing yards (18.3 ypg) on 14 carries while scoring two touchdowns on the ground.
    • Davion Ervin-Poindexter has carried the ball 20 times for 100 yards.
    • Markese Stepp has been given 21 carries and totaled 88 yards with one touchdown.
    • Malachi Corley’s 143 receiving yards (47.7 yards per game) lead the team. He has 12 catches on 19 targets with one touchdown.
    • Easton Messer has put up a 141-yard season so far with one touchdown. He’s caught 12 passes on 13 targets.
    • Blue Smith’s 13 targets have resulted in 10 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.
    • Kendrick Simpkins has racked up three sacks to lead the team, while also picking up three TFL and nine tackles.
    • Talique Allen, Western Kentucky’s leading tackler, has 18 tackles this year.
    • Hosea Wheeler has picked off a team-leading one pass. He also has seven tackles, one sack, and one pass defended to his name.
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