Through 2 Quarters
We’ve seen some fireworks two quarters in as the UTSA Roadrunners and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have combined for 52 points. Either team is in a position to win, but UTSA leads 28-24. Even if it hasn’t cost them yet, they are allowing more points than usual (their average is 17.6 points per game).
UTSA @ Western Kentucky
Current Records: UTSA 5-0; Western Kentucky 1-3
What to Know
The UTSA Roadrunners and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are set to square off in a Conference USA matchup at 7 p.m. ET Oct. 9 at Houchens-Smith Stadium. The Roadrunners should still be feeling good after a victory, while WKU will be looking to regain their footing.
UTSA beat the UNLV Rebels 24-17 last week. The team accrued 17 points in the first half and coasted on those for the win.
Meanwhile, the game between WKU and the Michigan State Spartans last week was not a total blowout, but with WKU falling 48-31 on the road, it was darn close to turning into one. WKU was down 45-16 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Their loss shouldn’t obscure the performances of WR Jerreth Sterns, who caught 17 passes for one TD and 187 yards, and QB Bailey Zappe, who passed for three TDs and 489 yards on 63 attempts.
Special teams collected 11 points for the Hilltoppers. K Brayden Narveson delivered a perfect 3-for-3 game.
The Roadrunners are expected to lose this next one by 3. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 2-0 against the spread when expected to lose.
UTSA is now a perfect 5-0 while WKU sits at 1-3. A pair of defensive stats to keep an eye on: UTSA is 189th worst in the nation in passing touchdowns allowed, with eight on the season. The Hilltoppers have experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the matchup with the 235th most rushing touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 13 on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Houchens-Smith Stadium — Bowling Green, Kentucky
- TV: STADIUM
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $7.00
The Hilltoppers are a 3-point favorite against the Roadrunners, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 3-point spread, and stayed right there.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.