We talked with WKUInsider.com's Michael McCammon who gives us five things to know about Western Kentucky..
1. Western Kentucky has been the favorite to win C-USA from the very beginning, how have they handled that pressure to stay at the top?
Capping the 2014 season with a five-game winning streak built a new level of confidence within the WKU program that continued to build throughout spring practice and into fall camp. The team has approached the season with a playoff mentality and it has worked well. They've remained grounded and focused on the goal of reaching and winning the C-USA Championship.
2. Tyler Higbee is one of the best TE's in the nation, what makes him so special?
At 6'5, 250-pounds,Higbee as excellent size for the tight end position. He possesses excellent hands and has developed into a proven commodity in the passing game. His size and athleticism allows his to beat opposing linebackers and break tackles by defensive backs to gain valuable added yardage. He's also very good in pass and run blocking, often opening a key hole for a receiver or back to hit for big yardage.
3. With all the talk of the incredible numbers WKU's offense is putting up, people don't hear about their
defense much. What is the strength of their defense?
The strength of the WKU defense has been its rush defense, but its also a group that has consistently come up with key big plays. The Hilltoppers rank No. 7 nationally in turnovers gained, with 14 fumble recoveries and 13 interceptions. The WKU defense has bent often, but doesn't break much, checking at No. 3 in scoring defense among C-USA programs.
4. Talk about Coach Brohm and the impact he's made on this team and Brandon Doughty specifically.
Brohm came to WKU as the program's offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino in 2013 and has served as the Hilltoppers head coach the past two seasons and his impact was immediate. He led WKU to its first FBS bowl victory last fall and has the program in its first FBS conference title game. Much of that success has come through the arm of quarterback Brandon Doughty, who actually was offered a scholarship offer by Brohm while an assistant at FAU. Doughty's development has been impressive, growing from a quarterback that threw 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2013, into one that has tossed over 40 touchdowns in each of the past two seasons while being one of the nation's most accurate passers.
5. What would it mean for Western Kentucky's program to win the conference title Saturday?
One could make an argument that Saturday's championship meeting is the biggest game in the history of WKU football. Yes, the Hilltoppers have an FCS national championship on their resume, but this is the present and a victory would be another significant step in the growth of the program that made didn't become an FBS member until 2008 and is in just its second year in Conference USA.