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It’s a potentially key game in the Sun Belt Conference on Thursday night when Western Kentucky hosting Middle Tennessee, with the loser all but out of the conference race. WKU is a 9.5-point favorite on Vegassportsbetting.com.
Western Kentucky enters off a 14-6 win at Florida International. Antonio Andrews rushed for a 3-yard score with 2:24 remaining, and the Western Kentucky defense forced its fourth turnover of the contest on the final play. After the Hilltoppers (6-2, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference) went up, the Golden Panthers drove to their 33 in the waning seconds.
One play after being sacked, Jake Medlock hit Willis Wright for a 14-yards on fourth-and-12 to give FIU one more chance. After the play, Medlock collapsed to the ground and left the game.
His backup E.J. Hilliard, the freshman who subbed for Medlock for parts of three games when he broke his foot against Louisville, came in for his only play with eight seconds left.
He fumbled the snap, picked it up and then fumbled it away while rolling out to his right as Western Kentucky’s Jamichael Payne recovered to end the game.
Middle Tennessee (5-3, 3-1) beat North Texas 38-21. Logan Kilgore threw three touchdowns as Middle Tennessee snapped snapping a two-game skid against the Mean Green. Kilgore threw touchdown passes of 18 and 72 yards in the first quarter. His 49-yarder to Kyle Griswould in the second quarter gave the Green Wave a 24-0 lead at halftime.
Griswould finished with 140 yards and two touchdowns on three catches. Middle Tennessee’s Anthony Amos led all receivers with 121 yards and a touchdown on eight catches. It was Amos’ fourth 100-yard receiving game this season.
For the third time under head coach Rick Stockstill, the Raiders reached five wins in eight contests. The other two times occurred when MT reached bowl games in 2006 and 2009. Another MT win would put MT with six wins for the fourth time in the last seven years.
Thursday’s game will mark the 63rd meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The series, which began in 1914, is led by MT, 32-29-1. The Blue Raiders have won 11 of the last 15 meetings despite falling to the Toppers last year in Murfreesboro, 36-33 in two overtimes.
MT is 2-1 against WKU as SBC members and carry an overall mark of 13-16 in games played in Bowling Green, including three straight victories. MT is 3-2 against WKU under Stockstill.
Vegas trends: Blue Raiders are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. Blue Raiders are 1-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Blue Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. Blue Raiders are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in November. Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. Hilltoppers are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. Hilltoppers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game. Hilltoppers are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win.