WKU vs Austin Peay Prediction, Game Preview, Lines, How To Watch

WKU vs Austin Peay game preview, prediction, and breakdown for the Week 0 game on Saturday, August, 27

WKU vs Austin Peay prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 0, Saturday, August 27


WKU vs Austin Peay How To Watch

Date: Saturday, August 27
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Houchens Industries-LT Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: WKU (0-0), Austin Peay (0-0)
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WKU vs Austin Peay Game Preview

Why Austin Peay Will Win

The Governors know how to play pass defense.

The 2021 version was second in the FCS in picked off passes – coming up with 19 interceptions – for a D that dominated the turnover margin all season long.

WKU is going to throw and throw some more, but there’s a learning curve compared to last year’s team with most of the stars gone. Austin Peay should have the offense that can keep up the pace – even with a few key parts gone – and WKU’s pass rush will need some time to find the right rotation.

As long as the offense can win the turnover battle, though, the team should stay alive. However …

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Why WKU Will Win

Austin Peay needs to come up with new starters on offense who can shine. it loses its top two runners, QB Draylen Ellis is done, and three of the top four receivers have to be replaced. That’s a problem against what’s coming from the WKU attack.

Yeah, the Hilltoppers have to replace QB Bailey Zappe, WR Jerreth Sterns, and offensive coordinator Zach Kittley, but West Virginia transfer Jarret Doege is a veteran who can keep it all going.

The Austin Peay defense might be good again, but the good passing games last year were able to bomb away. As long as Doege gets time to work, he should be able to keep things moving. Limit the turnovers, take the midrange throws that are there, repeat.

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What’s Going To Happen

Austin Peay isn’t going to be an easy pushover, but the defense will have an issue with WKU’s gashing runs while it’s paying attention to Doege and all that’s coming in the passing game.

The Hilltoppers will get off to a hot start, struggle for a bit, and then put it away with two crisp drives and some takeaways as the Governors try to press.

It’ll be a fun game to keep an eye on with lots of yards and scoring. WKU needs to gear up before going to Hawaii and Indiana.

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WKU vs Austin Peay Prediction, Line

WKU 44, Austin Peay 20
Line: TBA, o/u: TBA
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Conference USA preseason predictions for every game, predicted order of finish, and lookahead to the 2022 season.

Just how much does it hurt Conference USA to lose Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss to the Sun Belt this season?

The league had to quickly scramble this offseason to change up its schedule, it’s having to do even more to keep the business going with Charlotte, FAU, North Texas, Rice, UAB and UTSA bolting in 2023 – Liberty, New Mexico State, Sam Houston and Jacksonville State will enter the fun – and all of that will likely be the main focus of the 2022 season.

And then UAB, UTSA and WKU should be the stars of the conference again.

Where’s the big surprise going to come from?

The problem is that too many schedules have too many tough non-conference games, but it should be entertaining as several teams will likely be fighting for bowl eligibility over the final few weeks.

Knowing there’s going to be a crazy outlier to screw this all up, here are the 2022 Conference USA preseason predictions.

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Conference USA Predicted Finish

1. UTSA
2. WKU
T3. Florida Atlantic
T3. Louisiana Tech
T3. North Texas
T3. UAB
7. Middle Tennessee
8. Charlotte
T9. Rice
T9. UTEP
11. FIU

Charlotte 49ers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 4-8
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 3-5
2021: 5-7, Prediction: 3-9
2020: 2-4, 2019: 7-6, 2018: 5-7

Aug 27 at Florida Atlantic L
Sept 1 William & Mary
Sept 10 Maryland L
Sept 17 at Georgia State L
Sept 24 at South Carolina L
Oct 1 UTEP
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 at UAB L
Oct 22 FIU
Oct 29 at Rice L
Nov 5 WKU L
Nov 12 at Middle Tennessee L
Nov 19 Louisiana Tech
Nov 26 OPEN DATE
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Florida Atlantic Owls

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 5-3
2021: 5-7, Prediction: 8-4
2020: 5-4, 2019: 11-3, 2018: 5-7

Aug 27 Charlotte
Sept 3 at Ohio L
Sept 10 SE Louisiana
Sept 17 UCF L
Sept 24 at Purdue L
Oct 1 at North Texas L
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 Rice
Oct 22 at UTEP L
Oct 29 UAB
Nov 5 OPEN DATE
Nov 12 at FIU
Nov 19 at Middle Tennessee L
Nov 26 WKU
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FIU Golden Panthers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 2-10
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 0-8
2021: 1-11, Prediction: 5-7
2020: 0-5, 2019: 6-7, 2018: 9-4

Sept 1 Bryant W
Sept 9 at Texas State L
Sept 17 OPEN DATE
Sept 24 at WKU L
Oct 1 at New Mexico State L
Oct 8 UConn
Oct 14 UTSA L
Oct 22 at Charlotte L
Oct 29 Louisiana Tech L
Nov 5 at North Texas L
Nov 12 Florida Atlantic L
Nov 19 at UTEP L
Nov 26 Middle Tennessee L
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

2022 Preseason Prediction: 5-7
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 4-4
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 5-7
2020: 3-6, 2019: 4-8, 2018: 8-6

Sept 3 at James Madison L
Sept 10 at Colorado State L
Sept 17 Tennessee State W
Sept 24 at Miami L
Oct 1 UTSA L
Oct 8 at UAB L
Oct 15 WKU L
Oct 22 OPEN DATE
Oct 29 at UTEP W
Nov 5 at Louisiana Tech L
Nov 12 Charlotte W
Nov 19 Florida Atlantic W
Nov 26 at FIU W
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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 5-3
2021: 3-9, Prediction: 7-5
2020: 5-5, 2019: 10-3, 2018: 8-5

Sept 3 at Missouri L
Sept 10 Stephen F Austin W
Sept 17 at Clemson L
Sept 24 at South Alabama L
Oct 1 OPEN DATE
Oct 8 UTEP W
Oct 15 at North Texas L
Oct 22 Rice W
Oct 29 at FIU W
Nov 5 Middle Tennessee W
Nov 12 at UTSA L
Nov 19 at Charlotte L
Nov 26 UAB W
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North Texas Mean Green

2022 Preseason Prediction: 6-6
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 5-3
2021: 6-7, Prediction: 3-9
2020: 4-6, 2019: 4-8, 2018: 9-4

Aug 27 at UTEP W
Sept 3 SMU L
Sept 10 Texas Southern W
Sept 17 at UNLV L
Sept 24 at Memphis L
Oct 1 Florida Atlantic W
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 Louisiana Tech W
Oct 22 at UTSA L
Oct 29 at WKU L
Nov 5 FIU W
Nov 12 at UAB L
Nov 19 OPEN DATE
Nov 26 Rice W
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Rice Owls

2022 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 2-6
2021: 4-8, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 2-3, 2019:3-9 , 2018: 2-11

Sept 3 at USC L
Sept 10 McNeese State W
Sept 17 Louisiana L
Sept 24 at Houston L
Oct 1 UAB L
Oct 8 OPEN DATE
Oct 15 at Florida Atlantic L
Oct 22 at Louisiana Tech L
Oct 27 Charlotte W
Nov 5 UTEP W
Nov 12 at WKU L
Nov 19 UTSA L
Nov 26 at North Texas L
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UAB Blazers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 5-3
2021: 9-4, Prediction: 8-4
2020: 6-3, 2019: 9-5, 2018: 11-3

Sept 1 Alabama A&M W
Sept 10 at Liberty L
Sept 17 Georgia Southern W
Sept 24 OPEN DATE
Oct 1 at Rice W
Oct 8 Middle Tennessee W
Oct 15 Charlotte W
Oct 22 at WKU L
Oct 29 at Florida Atlantic L
Nov 5 UTSA W
Nov 12 North Texas W
Nov 19 at LSU L
Nov 25 at Louisiana Tech L
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UTEP Miners

2022 Preseason Prediction: 3-9
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 2-6
2021: 7-6, Prediction: 3-9
2020: 3-5, 2019: 1-11, 2018: 1-11

Aug 27 North Texas L
Sept 3 at Oklahoma L
Sept 10 New Mexico State W
Sept 17 at New Mexico L
Sept 24 Boise State L
Oct 1 at Charlotte L
Oct 8 at Louisiana Tech L
Oct 15 OPEN DATE
Oct 22 Florida Atlantic W
Oct 29 Middle Tennessee L
Nov 5 at Rice L
Nov 12 OPEN DATE
Nov 19 FIU W
Nov 26 at UTSA L
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UTSA Roadrunners

2022 Preseason Prediction: 8-4
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 7-1
2021: 12-2, Prediction: 6-6
2020: 7-5, 2019: 4-8, 2018: 3-9

Sept 3 Houston L
Sept 10 at Army L
Sept 17 at Texas L
Sept 24 Texas Southern W
Oct 1 at Middle Tennessee W
Oct 8 WKU W
Oct 14 at FIU W
Oct 22 North Texas W
Oct 29 OPEN DATE
Nov 5 at UAB L
Nov 12 Louisiana Tech W
Nov 19 at Rice W
Nov 26 UTEP W
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WKU Hilltoppers

2022 Preseason Prediction: 7-5
2022 Conference USA Prediction: 6-2
2021: 7-5, Prediction: 9-5
2020: 5-7, 2019: 9-4, 2018: 3-9

Aug 27 Austin Peay W
Sept 3 at Hawaii L
Sept 10 OPEN DATE
Sept 17 at Indiana L
Sept 24 FIU W
Oct 1 Troy W
Oct 8 at UTSA L
Oct 15 at Middle Tennessee W
Oct 22 UAB W
Oct 29 North Texas W
Nov 5 at Charlotte W
Nov 12 Rice W
Nov 19 at Auburn L
Nov 26 at Florida Atlantic L
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CFN Preseason All-Conference USA Football Team, Top 30 Players: Preview 2022

Who are the best players in the Conference USA going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Conference USA team and top 30 players.

Who are the best players in the Conference USA going into the 2022 college football season? They’re highlighted in the CFN 2022 Preseason All-Conference USA team and top 30 players.


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2022 Preseason CFN Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year

QB Frank Harris, Sr. UTSA

Last year it was RB Sincere McCormick – along with a solid defense – that took over on way to the Conference USA title and a breakthrough season for the UTSA program. The quarterback was pretty good, too.

The 6-0, 200-pound lefty was the main man leading the way, and now this is his team more than ever after two terrific seasons. Harris has connected on 66% of his career passes, kept the interceptions down with six in each of the last two years, and in 2021 he started hitting his deep throws a bit more. Combine all of that with over 1,200 rushing yards and 15 scores, and this might be his league, too.

2022 Preseason CFN Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year

LB KD Davis, Sr. North Texas

The 6-0, 229-pounder isn’t huge, and he might not have the build of a normal middle linebacker, but he’s got great range and he makes a whole lot of tackles.

The 2021 First Team and 2020 Honorable Mention All-Conference USA honoree made 284 tackles – leading Conference USA with 121 stops – with 11 sacks and 28 tackles for loss over the last three seasons for a team not known for its defense. In his fifth year, expect him to be even more disruptive.

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Conference USA Team: Offense

QB Frank Harris, Sr. UTSA

RB Johnny Ford, Jr. Florida Atlantic

RB DeWayne McBride, Jr. UAB

WR Daewood Davis, Sr. WKU

WR Zakhari Franklin, Sr. UTSA

TE Rivaldo Fairweather, Soph. FIU

OT Makai Hart, Sr. UTSA

OG Quantavious Leslie, Soph. WKU

C Ahofitu Maka, Sr. UTSA

OG Joshua Mote, Sr. Louisiana Tech

OT Kadeem Telfort, Sr. UAB

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Conference USA Team: Defense

DE Praise Amaewhule, Jr. UTEP

DT Evan Anderson, Soph. Florida Atlantic

DT Davon Strickland, Jr. FIU

DE Jordan Ferguson, Sr. Middle Tennessee

LB KD Davis, Sr. North Texas

LB Breon Hayward, Sr. UTEP

LB Noah Wilder, Sr. UAB

CB Kahlef Hailassie, Jr. WKU

S Rashad Wisdom, Sr. UTSA

S Teja Young, Jr. Florida Atlantic

CB Starling Thomas, CB Sr. UAB

College Football News 2022 Preseason All-Conference USA Team: Special Teams

PK Brayden Narveson, Jr. WKU

P Lucas Dean, Sr. UTSA

KR Shadrick Byrd, Soph. Charlotte

PR Jaylin Lane, Soph. Middle Tennessee

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College Football News 2022 Preseason Top 30 Conference USA Players

30. Jaylen Joyner, DE Jr. Florida Atlantic

29. Quantavious Leslie, OG Soph. WKU

28. Tyrese Chambers, WR Jr. FIU

27. Trevor Harmanson, LB Sr. UTSA

26. Gabe Taylor, S Soph. Rice

25. Grant DuBose, WR Jr. Charlotte

24. Tyler Grubbs, LB Soph. Louisiana Tech

23. Teldrick Ross, S Jr. Middle Tennessee

22. Chris Reynolds, QB Sr. Charlotte

21. Manase Mose, C Sr. North Texas

20. Evan Anderson, DT Soph. Florida Atlantic

19. Chase Cunningham, QB Sr. Middle Tennessee

18. Ahofitu Maka, C Sr. UTSA

17. Tyrice Knight, LB Sr. UTEP

16. Will Boler, S Sr. UAB

15. Daewood Davis, WR Sr. WKU

14. Davon Strickland, DT Jr. FIU

13. BeeJay Williamson, S Jr. Louisiana Tech

12. Johnny Ford, RB Jr. Florida Atlantic

11. Breon Hayward, LB Sr. UTEP

10. Teja Young, S Jr. Florida Atlantic

9. DeWayne McBride, RB Jr. UAB

8. Zakhari Franklin, WR Sr. UTSA

7. Noah Wilder, LB Sr. UAB

6. Praise Amaewhule, DE Jr. UTEP

5. Jarret Doege, QB Sr. WKU

4. Frank Harris, QB Sr. UTSA

3. Rashad Wisdom, S Sr. UTSA

2. Jordan Ferguson, DE Sr. Middle Tennessee

1. KD Davis, LB Sr. North Texas

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WKU Hilltoppers Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

WKU College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

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WKU Hilltoppers Preview
Head Coach: Tyson Helton, 23-16, 4th year at WKU
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WKU Hilltoppers Preview 2022

You’ll have to forgive WKU for being a wee bit miffed.

UTSA won the Conference USA championship. It’s got a big school in the San Antonio market, and it’s going to the American Athletic Conference next year.

So is Charlotte, and it seemingly just entered Conference USA five minutes ago. So is Rice, and it has an enrollment of around 19 students. Florida Atlantic, North Texas, and UAB also got the call.

All WKU has done is go to seven bowl games in the last eight years, play in three Conference USA championship games during that span, and it brings an enrollment of well over 20,000 students along with one of the funkiest mascots in all of sports.

And it might just have the offense that’s good enough to send all those other schools out with their tails between their legs.

This might not be the No. 2 attack in the nation like it was last year, but the system is still in place, holes were filled, and this should once again be a very, very fun team that should make a lot of noise.

And now you made it mad.

WKU Hilltoppers Preview 2022: Offense

Well that worked. For years WKU struggled to put points on the board – it only came up with more than 24 points twice in 2020 and got more than 38 three times from 2017 through 2020. Last year the offense averaged 44 points and 535 yards per game – second in the nation in both categories.

It all worked because the program brought in the key parts of the great Houston Baptist attack, but offensive coordinator Zach Kittley is now working his magic at Texas Tech, and star quarterback Bailey Zappe is looking to stay employed as a New England Patriot.

The offense will try to keep everything going with Josh Crawford and Ben Arbuckle going from key assistants to co-offensive coordinators, and …

Jarret Doege is coming in to try to bomb for for a bazillion yards. The former West Virginia starter is going into his sixth season – he played for two years at Bowling Green – with close to 10,500 yards and 79 touchdowns on the resumé.

The loss of Zappe is big, but the passing game also lost the 150 catches, 1,902 yards, and 17 touchdowns from Jerreth Sterns – another Houston Baptist transfer who’s now with Tampa Bay. 87-catch, 14-touchdown playmaker Mitchell Tinsley is also gone, leaving for Penn State.

Michael Mathison made 56 catches at Akron last year and now should do a whole lot more, Daewood Davis averaged close to 18 yards per catch and eighth scores, and Malachi Corley is the leading returning receiver with 73 catches for 691 yards and seven scores.

Dalvin Smith is also back after making five touchdown catches as a freshman, and tight ends Joey Bejan and Joshua Simon will play big roles.

The running game was the least productive in Conference USA, but that’s because the passing attack was so amazing. The Hilltoppers, though, were okay when they did try to run, averaging over four yards per carry.

Leading rusher Noah Whittingham is in the transfer portal, so it’ll be up to the combination of Kye Robichaux and Jakairi Moses to try carrying the load when they get their chances.

The offensive line will be fine. There might be a few key losses, but getting Vinnie Murphy from South Carolina at guard helps, Rusty Staats is an all-star center, and Quantavious Leslie is one of the best guards in Conference USA.

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WKU Hilltoppers Preview 2022: Defense

You have to grade the WKU defense on a curve. Teams had to throw, keep throwing, and take a lot of chances to try keeping up the pace, but the secondary could’ve been better and the run defense was lacking.

Some of the mainstay stars – like pass rusher DeAngelo Malone and leading tackler Antwon Kincade – will be missed. There are enough parts back to at least maintain the production, but …

There are positives.  The secondary that helped load up on takeaways with 21 picks gets back AJ Brathwaite at safety coming off a 64-tackle season, and Kahlef Hallassie makes a whole lot of plays at corner. Coming in is Upton Stout from North Texas at one corner and Rome Weber is a veteran from Wyoming who’ll step in at safety.

There’s no instantly replacing Malone as a pass rusher up front, but Juwuan Jones is a veteran hybrid edge rusher at one end, DT Darius Shipp is one of the league’s better interior playmakers. There’s little size up front, but there’s enough experience up front to come up with a good rotation.

Will Ignont is a good-tackling linebacker on the inside, and Jaden Hunter is the leading returning tackler with 67 stops last season – he can play inside or out. Both can get behind the line.

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It’s a new world for Conference USA with the loss of Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss over to the Sun Belt. There are still plenty of good teams still around, but the league is hanging on through the expansion process.

Can 2021’s star teams keep it all going? UTSA and WKU won’t be quite as good, UAB should be strong, and UTEP might just keep on stunning.

If Florida Atlantic can rise up after a down season, and if North Texas and Middle Tennessee can be bowl-worthy again, it should be a fun run.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

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Bowl Game Reactions  
– Boca Raton: WKU 59, App St 38
– Celebration, New Mexico, Independence to come

Boca Raton Bowl Reaction: WKU 59, Appalachian State 38

– Now THAT’S a bowl game. It started early, started fast, and it kept on rolling until Appalachian State punched itself out in the second half. 1,246 yards of total offense, 97 points, big play after big play. This was why we all do bowl season.

– Bailey Zappe was incredible. He threw for 422 yards and six scores with no picks, but he had a whole lot of help. Zappe was the signature star coming in from Houston Baptist – and he set the single season passing record and broke Joe Burrow’s touchdown pass record – but battery mate Jerreth Sterns had a whole lot to do with it, too. The star WR caught 13 passes for 184 yards and three scores.

– Appalachian State could never get control. For good and for mostly bad, it kept scoring too quickly. It needed to slow things down to a stop, but it got caught up in a firefight and couldn’t keep up. The running game did what it was supposed to do – 251 yards – but the team only had the ball for just over 31 minutes. The time of possession battle needed to be lopsided.

– No, WKU’s defense didn’t do a whole lot – it couldn’t tackle, it gave up over 600 yards, and it struggled – but the four turnovers made a difference. The pace of the game made Appalachian State press, and the mistakes followed.

COMING: Celebration Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Independence Bowl

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WKU vs Appalachian State: RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 18


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Date: Saturday, December 18
Game Time: 11:00 am ET
Venue: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
Network: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Appalachian State (10-3), WKU (8-5)

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If you’re looking for defense, wait for one of the other five bowl games over the rest of the day. It’s an early morning Saturday game that should crank up the offense and big plays right away with two of the most interesting attacks in college football.

WKU had a stagnant attack last year, so head coach Tyson Helton imported the stars from the transfer portal to make his offense go from okay to amazing, leading the nation in passing offense and finishing No. 2 behind Ohio State in scoring. Star offensive coordinator Zach Kittley might be off to do the same thing at Texas Tech, but the WKU offense should still roll.

The O goes fast, fast, fast and scores in bunches, but there’s no controlling the clock and – as UTSA showed in its win in the Conference USA Championship – the Hilltopper defense isn’t exactly a brick wall. QB Bailey Zappe and company will have to bomb their way to a win.

Appalachian State lost the Sun Belt Championship, but the offense is balanced behind a great offensive line. Unlike WKU, the team has no problems controlling the clock and owning the pace. The only negative here for the Mountaineers is actually one of their biggest positives – the defense is built around stopping the run, and WKU doesn’t use the ground game.

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5 Best College Football Predictions Against The Spread: Championship Week

5 best predictions against the spread for college football’s Conference Championship Week. Which games appear to be the best bets against the spread?

5 best predictions for college football’s biggest regular season weekend – it’s Championship Week. What games appear to be the best bets and the best picks?


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It’s all about the bowl games coming up next – those require an entirely different skillset – but first, we close out with college football’s Championship Week.

There are just 11 games – normally there are 70+ games to pick and choose from – but you don’t care. You just want the magic to happen.

So let’s do this. Be bold. Be brave. Be …

Eh, whatever. I promised five picks, here’s seven, but with a twist.

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5. Kent State vs Northern Illinois & Pitt vs Wake Forest point totals

LINE Kent State vs Northern Illinois 74.5, Pitt vs Wake Forest 71.5
Point Total Picks Over

I’m combining these two games together for one simple reason – it goes against everything I believe in.

If you’ve been with this piece all year, hopefully you did alright with the belief system of ALWAYS taking the under on a mid-70s point total, and go crazy if it’s in the high-70s or – if we’ve been good people who deserve something nice – in the 80s.

Too many things have to happen to get to over on a 70+. Bad weather, turnovers, a parachute not opening, it could be anything to keep two offenses from trading haymakers.

That’s why I’ll throw in a polite suggestion of under on the 73 in the Conference USA Championship between UTSA and WKU. Yeah, yeah, yeah they combined for 98 in the first meeting, but that Roadrunner defense will show up just enough to keep Bailey Zappe and friends from going off.

I won’t lie, the MAC Championship scares me because MAC Championships are weird.

They almost NEVER go according to any form or reason, one side always wets the bed and turns it over a gajillion times, and … this should be wild.

Kent State just doesn’t do defense against decent offenses. Forget that these two combined for 99 points in the first meeting, it’s indoors, the Golden Flash offense is going to be even quicker, and one of the two sides should take care of at least 50 of this by itself.

And the ACC Championship? Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman and Pitt’s Kenny Pickett are about to put on a show.

Both defenses are coming off of oddly dominant performances, and Pitt hasn’t allowed more than 30 points in seven of its last nine games, but …

There’s no pressure. There’s no playoff spot on the line. These two are about to let it rip.

I’m doing the combined-pick thing again next, and then come the big calls …

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Conference USA Championship: WKU vs UTSA Prediction, Game Preview

Conference USA Championship: WKU vs UTSA prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Friday night.

Conference USA Championship: WKU vs UTSA prediction, game preview, how to watch: Saturday, December 4


Conference USA Championship: WKU vs UTSA How To Watch

Date: Friday, December 3
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
How To Watch: CBS Sports Network
Record: WKU (8-4), UTSA (11-1)
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Conference USA Championship: WKU vs UTSA Game Preview


Why WKU Will Win

If you haven’t seen it yet, get ready to enjoy the Bailey Zappe experience.

WKU didn’t have an offense last year, and so it went out and got one from Houston Baptist. Head coach Tyson Helton went and hired away Zach Kittley from HBU to be his new offensive coordinator, and along came the star quarterback and big-time wide receiver.

And it all worked.

Jerreth Sterns caught 127 passes for 1,539 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Zappe bombed away for close to 5,000 yards with 52 touchdowns, nine picks, and three rushing scores for the No. 1 passing attack in college football.

The Hilltoppers are trending up, rolling through its last seven games after the 52-46 loss to UTSA, getting better, sharper, and defensively stronger. Helped by a 53-21 blowout of a Marshall team with a strong D, everything is clicking at the right time while UTSA just got rolled by an okay North Texas team 45-23.

However …

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Why UTSA Will Win

OF COURSE UTSA wanted to beat North Texas. Of course it wanted to be 12-0 and come into the Conference USA championship on a roll.

But last week’s game didn’t exactly matter.

It’s not like UTSA is realistically pushing for a New Year’s Six game, and while 12-0 would’ve been nice, coming into this relatively healthy and not taxing the stars too much was more important.

At least that sounds like a good excuse considering how badly the Roadrunners were pasted, there were five penalties, the third down conversions weren’t there, and North Texas was fighting for a bowl game.

UTSA lost three fumbles after losing four all year and none in the previous five games. Let’s just say it wasn’t the most focused of efforts. The loss didn’t represent UTSA’s best work.

Normally, this is a rock-solid team that doesn’t make mistakes – it led Conference USA in fewest turnovers – and doesn’t get flagged enough to matter.

The defense gave up five touchdown passes and over 500 yards to Zappe in the first meeting, but QB Frank Harris – who had a case of the fumbles last week – threw for 349 yards and six touchdowns, and …

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What’s Going To Happen

Sincere McCormick and the running game should be able to rumble again.

The Roadrunners will balance things out like they did in the first meeting, the defense will quickly bounce back from last week’s debacle, and in the end, it’ll come down to who makes more mistakes.

WKU will commit more penalties and likely won’t win the turnover battle. That should be just enough of a blink for UTSA to get by in what might be the most entertaining game of Championship Weekend.

College Football Schedule: Championship Week Predictions, Lines

Conference USA Championship: WKU vs UTSA Prediction, Lines

UTSA 37, WKU 34
Line: WKU -1.5, o/u: 72.5
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