Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Georgia St. Panthers Prop Bets – LendingTree Bowl

Georgia State is a -3.5 favorite vs. Western Kentucky in the LendingTree Bowl at 3:30 pm on ESPN Saturday.

The bowl tradition continues to grow at Western Kentucky and Georgia State, who will meet Saturday in the 22nd annual LendingTree Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Western Kentucky (5-6), from Conference USA, will play its 30th postseason game. Over the past eight seasons the Hilltoppers are 4-2 in bowls and defeated Western Michigan last year in the First Responders Bowl.

Georgia State (5-4), from the Sun Belt Conference, will make its fourth bowl appearance in the program’s 11-year history. The Panthers have earned a bowl trip for the third time in four seasons under coach Shawn Elliott. They lost to Wyoming in the Arizona Bowl last year.

Georgia State and Western Kentucky played in the 2017 Cure Bowl in Orlando, with Georgia State winning 27-17 for its first bowl victory.

“Playing in the postseason, that’s always our No. 1 goal,” said Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton. “To have one more opportunity to try and get a win and send our guys off right, that’s pretty special.”

In 24 seasons as a Division I coach, Elliott has been a part of 19 teams that have reached a bowl game or the NCAA playoffs.

“I’m so proud of our players for their commitment and hard work to persevere through this season,” Elliott said. “We talk about doing things for the first time, and back-to-back bowl games is another first for our program.”

Western Kentucky has had trouble scoring this season — the Hilltoppers have averaged 18.8 points, last in Conference USA. Tyrrell Pigrome has thrown for 1,423 yards and nine touchdowns, with no interceptions, and has rushed for 328 yards and three TDs. Brayden Narveson, who is 13-for-14 on field goals and 24-for-24 on extra points, is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, an honor given annually to the nation’s best kicker.

Western Kentucky’s resume includes losses to Louisville, Liberty and BYU, but the Hilltoppers have won their past three games. They rank fifth in the conference in scoring defense (24.1). They lead Conference USA in pass defense, allowing 170.1 yards per game. The defense is led by all-conference choice DeAngelo Malone, a defensive end who has 65 tackles, six sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

Georgia State had 14 players named to the All-Sun Belt Conference, including two first-team selections: left guard Shamarious Gilmore and kicker Noel Ruiz, a graduate transfer from North Carolina A&T.

Georgia State averages over 30 points a game behind quarterback Cornelious Brown, who has thrown for 2,046 yards and 14 touchdowns, and receiver Sam Pinckney, who has 44 catches for 753 yards and six touchdowns.

– Field Level Media

Prop Bets

Rot First To Score Moneyline
1001 W Kentucky
1002 Georgia State
Rot Score in 1st 5½ mins Moneyline
1003 Yes
1004 No
Rot First Score of the Game Moneyline
1005 TD
1006 Any Other Score
Rot Longest TD in the Game Moneyline
1007 Over 50½ Yards
1008 Under 50½ Yards
Rot First Scoring Play Moneyline
1009 W Kentucky TD
1010 W Kentucky FG
1011 W Kentucky Any Other Score
1012 Georgia State TD
1013 Georgia State FG
1014 Georgia State Any Other Score
Rot A Team to Score 3 Unanswered Times Moneyline
1015 Yes
1016 No
Rot Team Scoring 1st Wins Game Moneyline
1017 Yes
1018 No
Rot Winning Margin Moneyline
1019 W Kentucky to win by 1-6 pts
1020 W Kentucky to win by 7-12 pts
1021 W Kentucky to win by 13-18 pts
1022 W Kentucky to win by 19-24 pts
1023 W Kentucky to win by 25-30 pts
1024 W Kentucky to win by 31-36 pts
1025 W Kentucky to win by 37-42 pts
1026 W Kentucky to win by 43 or more pts
1027 Georgia State to win by 1-6 pts
1028 Georgia State to win by 7-12 pts
1029 Georgia State to win by 13-18 pts
1030 Georgia State to win by 19-24 pts
1031 Georgia State to win by 25-30 pts
1032 Georgia State to win by 31-36 pts
1033 Georgia State to win by 37-42 pts
1034 Georgia State to win by 43 or more pts
Rot Double Result Moneyline
1035 W Kentucky/W Kentucky
1036 W Kentucky/Tie
1037 W Kentucky/Georgia State
1038 Tie/W Kentucky
1039 Tie/Tie
1040 Tie/Georgia State
1041 Georgia State/W Kentucky
1042 Georgia State/Tie
1043 Georgia State/Georgia State
Rot Will Game Go to Overtime Moneyline
1044 Yes
1045 No

– Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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