Week 8 College Football Picks: Western Kentucky Not Ready For LSU

David Lawrence

Thursday, October 22, 2015 12:14 AM GMT

This is a very interesting game on Saturday in Baton Rouge as Western Kentucky & LSU Tigers collide. Join us as we preview the betting odds & share a free college football pick on this game.

Momentum
Western Kentucky lost to Indiana, 38-35, in September. Given that Indiana just lost at home to Rutgers, 55-52, and has a very porous pass defense, losing to the Hoosiers was a very bad result for Western Kentucky. Quarterback Brandon Doughty threw multiple interceptions in that game, playing well below his normal standards. Western Kentucky could have reacted poorly to that disappointing turn of events, but it has instead fixed its problems by playing extremely well in each of the last four weeks. The Hilltoppers have won each of their last four games by at least 27 points. They are rolling over the opposition in Conference USA and are setting up a showdown later in the season with the Marshall Thundering Herd for the East division championship in C-USA. The winner of that game will be the odds-on favorite to win the whole league. Everything is functioning the way it ought to for WKU – the Toppers have scored at least 49 points in this four-game winning streak. They hope that the rhythm they have established will carry over to this game against an SEC opponent.

LSU earned a quality win against Florida this past Saturday. Leonard Fournette continued his pursuit of the Heisman Trophy with another solid game, showing the combination of power and speed that will make him a very good pro player. Brandon Harris was able to provide enough in the passing game to create the idea that he can do big things as LSU’s quarterback. The secondary and the special teams, however, offered quite a lot of cause for concern. They suffered several breakdowns and enabled Florida to make that game a lot closer than it otherwise needed to be, or should have been. Being able to address those weaknesses after a 35-28 victory will be important for LSU going forward, and facing Western Kentucky’s high-powered passing offense will give the secondary a good test before SEC play continues.

 

Line Moves
The College Football Odds started with LSU as a 14.5-point favorite, but that line has moved up to 16.5 points for the Tigers. There is a sense that since Western Kentucky lost to Indiana and has since resumed beating up on lesser teams in its own conference, the Hilltoppers are not ready for the power or speed of LSU.

 

Notable Injuries
Western Kentucky has offensive lineman Matt Nord out indefinitely with a foot injury. Running back Leon Allen is out for the season with a knee injury. Running back D’Andre Ferby is questionable with a head injury. Tight end Andrew Isaacs is questionable with a leg injury.

LSU has tight end John David Moore listed as being out indefinitely with a knee injury. Tight end Dillon Gordon is out for the season with an undisclosed condition.

 

Handicapping The Game
The Tigers exist in a totally different league compared to WKU. LSU should be able to cover the number, even though it might not play with 100-percent energy after that draining game against Florida. Take LSU with your College Football Picks.

College Football Pick: LSU -16.5 at Bovada

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