Miami (OH) vs. Western Kentucky Prediction, Game Preview


Miami (OH)  vs. Western Kentucky prediction and game preview. Find out who is projected to win between the RedHawks and the Hilltoppers.


Miami (OH) vs. Western Kentucky Game Preview

When: Saturday, September 17 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Where:
Fred C. Yager Stadium, Oxford, Ohio.

TV Broadcast:
ESPN3

Miami (OH) has potential to be a strong team with a young quarterback like Billy Bahl and a solid offensive supporting cast. The fact that the RedHawks are 0-2 isn’t sitting well with coach Chuck Martin, who is now 5-21 in his two-plus years at the helm. Bahl has been good, completing 62.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns on an interception and looked poised in the 45-21 loss at Iowa two weeks ago. He had another decent game last week, but the defense came apart in the fourth quarter of a 21-17 loss to Eastern Illinois of the FCS. Martin and the RedHawks need a win badly, but that doesn’t seem likely this week.


The Hilltoppers didn’t beat No. 1 Alabama last week – in fact, they lost by 28 – but Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said it was the worst he’s felt after a win. WKU was down only seven in the second quarter and driving until Mike White threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Overall, the Hilltoppers didn’t play badly against the top-ranked team in the nation after beating Rice, 46-14 in the opener. 

What To Know About Miami (OH)

When the RedHawks go to the run, they aren’t very productive. They’re averaging 3.7 yards on 84 carries and don’t have a rush longer than 13 yards. The offense as a whole is a problem, which isn’t something that was expected considering Martin was Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator before taking the job in Oxford. Rokeem Williams and James Gardner have been Bahl’s favorite targets, but Bahl is going to need some help from his running game.

What to Know About Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky’s running game has been even worse, averaging 2.7 yards per carry. Coach Jeff Brohm likes to throw the ball, though, and White finished with 517 yards and three touchdowns against Rice. The RedHawks have been pretty good against the pass holding each of their opponents to fewer than 200 yards, but they haven’t quite seen an offense like Brohm’s and a quarterback like White.

Advantages

Offense: Western Kentucky – White is better than Bahl and makes up for the lack of rushing attack.

Defense: Western Kentucky – Miami collapsed against Eastern Illinois while the Hilltoppers kept it tight for awhile against the Crimson Tide.

Special Teams: Even – Both sides still waiting to break a return.

Coaching: Western Kentucky – Brohm has the Hilltoppers going in the right direction.

Intangibles: Western Kentucky – Going into Oxford against a team possibly lacking confidence after losing to an FCS team.

Matchup To Watch

White vs. Miami (OH)’s defense

The RedHawks have been pretty good against the pass, so it’ll be interesting to see what they draw up to slow White. If they can, the Hilltoppers will be forced to go to their ineffective run game for at least a little bit to open things up.

Miami (OH) vs. Western Kentucky Betting Odds

Spread: Western Kentucky -17 1/2

Over/Under:
 62 1/2

Miami (OH) vs. Western Kentucky Prediction

Western Kentucky won’t need to run because Brohm will have the passing game working. Bahl throws two crucial interceptions and the Hilltoppers leave Oxford victorious. 

Miami (OH) vs. Western Kentucky Score Prediction: Western Kentucky 41, Miami (OH) 20

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