Conference USA Championship Game

Conference USA Southern Miss vs. Western Kentucky Picks & Predictions

Two of the hottest teams in the nation will square off today in the Conference USA Championship Game when Western Kentucky takes on Southern Miss at 12:00PM ET.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book currently list the Hilltoppers as a 7.5-point favorite for this game, which seems like way too many points for a matchup that, at least on paper, is pretty evenly matched.

Granted, Western Kentucky is led by one of the more efficient passers in the country in Brandon Doughty, who threw for 546 yards on Marshall's league-best defense just lat week. He also has a deep cast of weapons in running back Anthony Wales, tight end Tyler Higbee and receiver Taywan Taylor.

But Southern Miss is no slouch offensively. The Golden Eagles weren't held below 56 points in any game in November and they have a balanced attack that ranks sixth in the country in yards per play. They too have a solid quarterback in Nick Mullens, plus weapons in running backs Ito Smith and Jalen Richard.

I'll take the points on a Southern Miss team that has a better defense and, while not as much offensive firepower, enough to hang with the Hilltoppers in what should be a competitive game throughout.


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