Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | CUSA (East)

Overview

Conference Analysis
Win Division (+3500), Win Conference (+8500)
SSA Model Pick: None
The Hilltoppers fell off the top of the hill last season under first year head coach Mike Sanford Jr. This team won back-to-back CUSA titles in ’15 and ’16, but lacked the offensive fire power they had under Jeff Brohm and only scored 26 points per game last season. While Sanford should be settled in at his post, WKU only brings back 10 starters so this will be a rebuilding year for Hilltoppers.

Win Total Analysis
5 wins (-115/-105)
SSA Model Pick: Under (Medium Confidence)
True, Sanford was able to guide the Hilltoppers to a 6-6 regular season record last year, but that was with Mike White at QB. Replacing White won’t be easy and Sanford also has to replace his production at the WR position. This will be a young team and young teams generally struggle. While the Hilltoppers could very well win 5 games it will be difficult for them to win 6+.

Team Summary

Power Rating: 61.7
Coach: Mike Sanford Jr
Returning Starters: 10
National Ranking: 115
Coach Ranking: 118
Talent Ranking: 85

Projections Summary

Conf Win Prob: 2%
Div Win Prob: 3%
Projected Record: 4.5 – 7.5
Conference Record: 3.1 – 4.9

Win Total Scenarios

Schedule

Fri, Aug 31@ Wisconsin2%
Sat, Sep 8Maine80%
Sat, Sep 15@ L'ville7%
Sat, Sep 22@ Ball St49%
Sat, Sep 29Marshall25%
Sat, Oct 13@ UNCC54%
Sat, Oct 20ODU48%
Sat, Oct 27FIU51%
Fri, Nov 2@ Mid Tenn21%
Sat, Nov 10@ FAU11%
Sat, Nov 17UTEP76%
Sat, Nov 24@ La Tech22%