Keys To The Game: WKU

Texas State hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday. The 'Cats need to overcome being home underdogs (giving 5 points) and work their way back up the conference rankings. Here are the focal points that will determine the outcome.

This will be the coldest game in San Marcos all season long, and also the most meaningful. Western Kentucky is 6th behind Texas State in the Sun Belt Conference. A loss to them will all but end Texas State's bowl hopes.

1. Antonio Andrews vs. TXST Defense

RB Antonio Andrews is maybe the best all-around threat not just in the Sun Belt, but in the entire nation. He leads the nation in all purpose yards, by a staggering amount. Second place is hundreds of yards behind him, and so far nobody has found the answer for him. He averages 140 yards rushing a game, and 40 receiving yards a game. Western Kentucky is 5-0 when Andrews has more than 45 yards receiving, which shows his diversity can be troublesome for defenses. Texas State's defense is first in the conference in rushing defense and defensive passing efficiency, so this should still be a contested match up.

2. Texas State QB's vs. WKU Secondary

Whether it's Tyler Jones or Tyler Arndt, who was taking reps with the first team all week, the signal callers must take advantage of what WKU gives them. Western Kentucky is first in the Sun Belt in passing yards allowed. Weather could be a factor Saturday evening, but no matter who is at the helm, the QB's must keep the Hilltoppers defense honest. Not only take what they give, but stretch the field if possible to compliment the running machine (Lowe, Nutall, & Gay).

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