Preview: WKU vs. Louisiana Tech

The Tops kickoff vs. the Bulldogs on Saturday at 2:00 p.m CT.

Western Kentucky will kickoff at Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT.

Read our full preview below for details on the matchup.


TV: FOX College Sports, picked up on many local listings. Click HERE for the network in your area.

Radio: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network. Click HERE for network listings.

Weather: As of Thursday night, weather.com projects a Sunny day, with a high of 57 degrees and low of 34.


Opponent roster highlights: Louisiana Tech junior running back Kenneth Dixon is possibly the best ball-carrier WKU has faced this year. Dixon rushed for 27 touchdowns in his freshman season, and has 41 total for his career. He's averaging 5.6 yards per carry for his career, one of the best in FBS.

On defense, La. Tech uses a traditional 4-3 alignment. One of their biggest staples is creating a lot of negative or 0 yardage plays that disrupt an offense's rhythm. The Bulldogs earn a tackle for loss, forced fumble, pass breakup or interception on 19.7 percent of defensed plays, so about 1 in every 5. That "Havoc" rating is the 17th best in FBS.

Those big plays help them keep teams behind the chains, holding opponents to only a 34.3 percent success rate on the year--the 13th best in FBS. (What's success rate? Click here for more.)

This makes Louisiana Tech's defense a very intriguing clash with WKU's offense, who averages a 50.7 percent success rate on the year, 6th best in FBS. The Tops are usually so successful by avoiding the above mentioned negative plays. They only allow a "stuff"--a carry of 0 or negative yardage--once every 7 plays, and quarterback Brandon Doughty has only been sacked 10 times in 333 dropbacks, a 3.0 percent rate. Both of those rates are among the best in FBS.


Week 10 game notes: WKU--Game Notes.

La. Tech--Game Notes.

Conference USA—Weekly Notes.


Stat of the week: According to Football Outsiders rankings, Louisiana Tech is the lowest ranked offense (No. 85 in FBS) WKU has played since the season opener against Bowling Green. So potentially, a chance for the Tops defense to get back on track.

But conversely, La. Tech's defense is the best WKU's faced this year--ranked No. 35 in FBS--by a wide margin. The next closest was Navy at No. 65.

Quote of the week: Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz on how they can beat WKU—“When you play a team like this, there are two ways to look at it. You either have to keep the ball in front of you and make them slow down the game by taking some points off the board or you have to load up and get after it, spread it wide open and see if we can win a shootout. Those are really your two options. I think that story will be told on Saturday.”


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