Army Opponent Preview: Western Kentucky

The 2013 Army season is rapidly approaching. Between now and fall camp ArmySports.com will preview each of the 12 opponents in no particular order. Today we'll look at Western Kentucky.

Opponent: Western Kentucky

2012 record: 7-6

2012 final Sagarin: 64.16 (No. 91)

Game Date: Nov. 9, 2013 Noon

Site: West Point, N.Y.; Michie Stadium

Last meeting: First meeting.

Head coach: Bobby Petrino 0-0 (1st year) 75-26 overall (8 years)

Offensive starters returning: 7

Defensive starters returning: 7

Special teams starters returning: 2

2012 VITAL STATS OFFENSE

Points scored per game: 28.15 (No. 68 in FBS)
Passing yards per game: 205.15 (No. 90 in FBS)
Rushing yards per game: 181.69 (No. 45 in FBS)

2012 VITAL STATS DEFENSE

Points allowed per game: 25.46 (No. 50 in FBS)
Passing yards allowed per game: 209.77 (No. 34 in FBS)
Rushing yards allowed per game: 138.38 (No. 34 in FBS)

OTHER VITAL STATS

Turnover ratio: -.08, No. 63 in FBS; Tackles For Loss: 7.38 per game, No 13 in FBS; Punt Returns: 10.64 per return, No. 29 in FBS.

COMMENTS

Army's schedule makers were looking for an easy win when they scheduled WKU a few years ago. Like we've seen many times before, that easy win turns out to be a tough game by the time the game gets close. WKU went to a bowl game last season and then picked up one of the leading minds in college football when they convinced former Louisville and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino to come to Bowling Green. Petrino is no dummy; he inherits a team loaded with offensive and defensive returning starters including 1,700 yard rusher Antonio Andrews. Defensively the Hilltoppers return all their starting linebackers and defensive backs but lost the entire starting defensive line.

2013 Army Football Schedule
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Aug. 31 Morgan State
Sep. 7 Ball State
Sep. 14 Stanford
Sep. 21 Wake Forest
Sep. 28 Louisiana Tech
Oct. 5 Ball State
Oct. 12 Eastern Michigan
Oct. 19 Temple
Nov. 2 Air Force
Nov. 9 Western Kentucky
Nov. 30 at Hawai'i
Dec. 14 vs. Navy (Philadelphia)

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