By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Saturday afternoon, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Georgia State Panthers face off in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. The game will kick off at 2:30 pm on the CBS Sports Network at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
The Hilltoppers come into this game with a 6-6 record. The Panthers are Bowl eligible with a 6-5 record.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Hilltoppers have a 57% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll says Western Kentucky has a 67% chance to win this game.
This will be the second meeting between these two teams all-time. Western Kentucky has a 1-0 record against Georgia State, as they won 44-28 on November 2, 2013.
Both teams have first-year head coaches in this game. Mike Sanford is the Western Kentucky head coach, while Shawn Elliott is the Georgia State head coach.
The Hilltoppers are 3-1 in Bowl games since they moved to the FBS level. They are 3-0 in their last 3 Bowl game since losing their initial Bowl game, losing 24-21 to the Central Michigan Chippewas on December 26, 2012 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Michigan.
The Panthers; however, are 0-1 in Bowl games. They lost 27-16, also in the Cure Bowl, on December 19th, 2015 to the San Jose State Spartans.
Western Kentucky stumbled late in the season. They lost four out of their past five games after going 5-2 to begin the season.
Three of the four losses were by two touchdowns. The loss to the Marshall Thundering Herd was by just one touchdown, 30-23, on November 11th.
Like Western Kentucky, Georgia State also comes into this game on a losing streak, as they have lost their past two games. Both of those losses were by two touchdowns or more, while scoring 20 points in each of the games.
They have not won a game since November 11th, 2017 when they won 33-30 over the Texas State Bobcats. This was their final win in a three-game win streak, before losing the past two games.
Western Kentucky is averaging 26.2 points per game. Georgia State is averaging 19.7 points per game.
Despite the low scoring average, both teams come into the game with strong passing attacks. Hilltoppers quarterback Mike White, who is a Senior Bowl invite, led the Conference USA in total offense, passing yards, completion percentage and passing yards per game.
Conner Manning led the Sun Belt Conference in completion percentage. His favorite target is Penny Hart, who put up career-high numbers.
White has gone 342 of 521 for 3,826 passing yards. He also has 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
D’Andre Ferby leads the rushing attack with 112 carries for 362 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Nacarius Fant leads the receiving corps with 67 receptions for 634 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Manning has gone 239 of 375 for 2,870 passing yards. He has 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Glenn Smith leads the rushing attack with 147 carries for 521 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Hart leads the receiving corps with 73 receptions for 1,094 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
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