Charlotte was blown out in their last game and they hit the road to face a Western Kentucky team that has won two in a row.
Charlotte has lost two of their last three games and they are coming off a bad loss where they only scored nine points. The team is 4-3 overall and they had won their first two Conference USA games before losing the last one. The 49ers have a balanced offense but not a high-scoring one.
After losing four in a row Western Kentucky has won their last two games where they totaled 77 points. They are also 2-1 in C-USA play and 3-4 overall. The Hilltoppers are all about the pass ranking first in the nation averaging 428.3 passing yards per game while only ranking 118th in rushing yards per game.
Not Quite the Same OffenseCharlotte had scored 45 points in beating FIU before their last game where they were held under double digits at home in a 38-9 loss to FAU. They only rushed for 77 yards while giving up 202 rushing yards, were only 4/17 on third down, and committed three turnovers. The 49ers are 1-2 on the road this season.
Chris Reynolds (1,533 yards 16 TD 5 INT) leads the 49ers and after 10 TD and only one INT in three games he only had one TD and two picks in the bad loss to FAU. Charlotte does have two solid WR’s in Victor Tucker (537 yards 2 TD) and Grant DuBose (536 yards 5 TD), who are each averaging over 14 yards per reception. Tucker has nearly 200 receiving yards in the last two games and DuBose has over 210 receiving yards in his last three games. Calvin Camp leads the team with 391 rushing yards but he has not rushed for over 38 yards in two of the last three games. Shadrick Byrd has 317 rushing yards but is only averaging 3.9 yards per carry and has not rushed for over 19 yards in two of the last three games. WKU only ranks 119th in the nation in pass defense and 82nd in run defense.
Balance For a ChangeIn their last game, Western Kentucky was on the road and they had a solid balance on offense for a change in a 34-19 win over FIU. The team racked up 530 yards and held the Panthers to only 290 yards. They had 382 passing yards and one of their better ground games of the season with 148 rushing yards.
Bailey Zappe ranks second in the nation with 3,014 passing yards and has 29 TD and only four INTs. In his last three games, he has 13 TDs and two INTs and he was not picked in the last game. Jerreth Sterns leads the nation with 1,077 receiving yards and he “only” had 115 receiving yards in the last game after averaging 200.6 receiving yards in three games. WKU has three WR’s that have at least 411 receiving yards. Adam Cofield leads the team with 303 rushing yards and nearly half of them have come in the last two games. Charlotte has had major defensive issues this season only ranking 120th in the nation in rushing D and 92nd in passing D.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game
The Charlotte 49ers are:
- 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
- 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October