Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins between the Bulldogs and Hilltoppers on Thursday in Ruston, Louisiana.
Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky Game Preview
When: Thursday, Oct. 6 – 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA
TV Broadcast: CBSSN
The Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1 Conference USA) are coming off of a 28-7 home win over UTEP last week, as head coach Skip Holtz improved to 7-0 all time vs. the Miners. He is 4-0 with the Bulldogs, was 2-0 at East Carolina and notched a victory over them when he was at USF. The Bulldogs have three losses, but they have all come by close margins. Holtz’s squad almost knocked off Arkansas in the season opener and battled hard against Texas Tech.
Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers (3-2, 1-0) bounced back from their very disappointing home loss to Vanderbilt with an easy 50-3 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday night. The Hilltoppers scored on their first eight possessions and did not punt until the 1:33 mark of the fourth quarter. WKU recorded a season-high 535 yards of total offense and had 23 first downs in the victory.
In last year’s contest between these schools, Brandon Doughty led the Hilltoppers to a wild 41-38 Thursday night win, which was their seventh straight victory.
What To Know About Louisiana Tech
Senior quarterback Ryan Higgins passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and he added 42 yards and another score on the ground in the win over the Miners. This is a team that should be a C-USA West contender if they can take care of the football. Turnovers have been an issue for the Bulldogs, but they did not give away the football last week and have the ability to go up and down the field with Higgins and top target Trent Taylor. This air-raid offense is tough to deal with even for the best of defenses.
What to Know About Western Kentucky
The Hilltoppers should have beaten Vanderbilt, as they recorded 501 yards of total offense against a good SEC defense. But 11 penalties, three turnovers and just three third-down conversions hurt the ‘Toppers. Head coach Jeff Brohm’s squad, though, can absolutely repeat as C-USA champs because it is as talented as any in the league.
Offense: Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers are averaging 44.3 points per game, while the Bulldogs are putting up 37.5 points per contest.
Defense: Western Kentucky. The Bulldogs are very susceptible to teams that are heavy on the pass, as we saw in the games against Texas Tech and Middle Tennessee this season.
Special Teams: Louisiana Tech. Two Western Kentucky kickers have combined to miss four field goals already this year, while the Bulldogs’ Jonathan Barnes is perfect on kicks between 40 and 49 yards.
Coaching: Western Kentucky. I give a slight edge to Brohm because he is a rising star who is going to get a bigger gig sooner than later.
Intangibles: Louisiana Tech. It’s a home game, and the Bulldogs suffered a close loss to WKU last year.
Matchup To Watch
Mike White vs. Louisiana Tech secondary
The former USF signal-caller did not play well in losses to Alabama and Vanderbilt, so the Hilltoppers need White to play consistent and efficient ball the rest of the season if they want to play for the C-USA championship. In his last outing, he was 11-of-13 passing for 225 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions. This is a Bulldogs secondary that can be exploited, and this offense has the ability to do just that with White’s arm.
Spread: Western Kentucky -3
Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky Prediction
It’s a weeknight home game for the Bulldogs, and they will be looking for revenge from the loss last season. But the WKU offense will be one score better than the Louisiana Tech defense, allowing Brohm’s squad to get the conference road win.
Louisiana Tech vs. Western Kentucky Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 36, Louisiana Tech 30