LSU Tigers vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The LSU Tigers return home from their biggest win of the year as they host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Tigers are -41.5 favorites over the Hilltoppers.
It’s tough to put a ceiling on how huge of a win it was for Les Miles’ and the LSU Tigers as they went into Tuscaloosa and knocked off the Alabama Crimson Tide. LSU’s victory last week gives them sole possession of first place in the SEC West, the number one national ranking, and control of their own destiny as far as the BCS Title Game is concerned. While success bring a lot of things, it isn’t without some controversy in Baton Rouge as Jarrett Lee has been QB for the Tigers all season long but when he was ineffective and slightly injured against Bama Jordan Jefferson, the original starter who had been suspended before the season, came in and took care of business and it was actually Jefferson’s mobility that was the difference against the Tide. Les Miles has a big decision regarding QB but more than likely it will be Jefferson though I don’t think we have seen the last of Lee. Michael Ford and Spencer Ware have been an outstanding combination in the backfield each coming up huge in big spots all season. Rueben Randle and Russell Sheppard are a formidable receiver tandem but we are starting to see the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. as well. Tyrann Matheiu gets a lot of ink for the LSU defense but Morris Claiborne is second to none when it comes to coverage and once again the Tigers defense is loaded with future NFL stars.
While he doesn’t get a lot of publicity, Western Kentucky Hilltopper’s Head Coach Willie Taggert deserves a lot of recognition for what he has done with his team this season. WKU has been a perennial doormat since entering the FBS but currently they find themselves on a five game winning streak and one win away from being eligible to go to a bowl game. QB Kwaun Jakes is anything but dependable but he is doing what is most important, winning games. For the season jakes has completed 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,370 yards with seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The star of the Hilltoppers is running back Bobby Rainey who could play no matter what team he is on. For the season Rainey has rushed for 1,169 yards and nine touchdowns while catching 30 passes for 298 yards and three more scores. Jack Doyle leads Western Kentucky in receiving with 32 catches followed by Boe Brand with 14. The Hilltoppers defense has nine interceptions, five fumble recoveries, and 24 sacks on the year. Andrew Jackson has come up big with 90 tackles and 2.5 sacks, Ryan Beard has 50 tackles, and Quanterus Smith has 6.5 sacks. WKU are going to need to play their best game of the year to stay in this one.
LSU is 6-0 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-0 against the spread in their last four non-conference games, and 8-18 against the spread in their last 26 games as a favorite of 26 or more points. Western Kentucky is 6-0 against the spread in their last six games overall, 6-1 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a winning home record, and 5-0 against the spread following a win.
LSU has earned the top spot in the country playing a brutal schedule and while this one looked like a cream puff when the season started, it has come up tougher than expected. Expect LSU to cruise to a win but winning by six touchdowns? Take the points.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers +41.5 LSU Tigers