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How and what to watch for Southern Miss vs. Western Kentucky

The Golden Eagles will be looking to extend their winning streak on Saturday against the Hilltoppers.

Southern Miss mascot, Seymour prepares to lead the Eagles onto the field during the Southern Miss Golden Eagles game against the North Alabama Lions on November 07, 2020, at M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS, November 7, 2020. Photo by Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles are looking to extend their winning streak when they take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Bowling Green, KY.

Last week Southern Mississippi got a hard-fought 24-13 win over FCS North Alabama. Golden Eagles quarterback Trey Lowe struggled against the Lions’ defense, throwing for 100 yards and two interceptions. But North Alabama’s defense could not stop the running game of Southern Miss, which had 245 yards. Frank Gore Jr. led the way with 103 yards on 13 carries, Darius Maberry had 53 yards on seven carries, and Kevin Perkins only had 37 yards on nine carries but scored three touchdowns. The Golden Eagles’ rushing attack could be in store for another good week as WKU’s defense is allowing 183 yards per game this season.

Western Kentucky is struggling to score points this season, averaging 15.3 per game. Last week against Florida Atlantic, they posted only six points in a loss. In that game former Maryland quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome completed 19-of-39 passes for 163 yards, but did not throw a single touchdown or interception. This season, Pigrome has completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 901 yards, eight touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Southern Miss vs. Western Kentucky on Saturday, November 14th at 3:30 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network, or you can stream via the CBS Sports app or with a cable or streaming service login that has the channel.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Southern Miss vs. Western Kentucky (-4.5)
Point Total: 49
Money line: Southern Miss (+245) vs. Western Kentucky (-315)

  • The Eagles are just 1-9 in their last 10 games against the spread.
  • Southern Miss has also hit the under in 10 of their last 13 games.
  • The Hilltoppers are just 1-6-1 against the spread in their last eight outings, including 1-4 in their last five at home.

These are two terrible football teams, but the WKU defense is actually #29 by SP+ in the country. In a game where scoring will be at a premium, we’ll take the Hilltoppers to get a defensive score to put them over the top.

The Pick: WKU -4.5.

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