Preview: WKU vs. UTSA

WKU kicksoff vs. UTSA this Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, their final home game of 2014.

Western Kentucky will kickoff vs. UTSA on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, with a win securing bowl-eligibility for the Toppers.

Read our full preview below for details on the matchup.


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

Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 60 degrees. Click HERE for full forecast details.


Opponent roster highlights: UTSA's offensive unit ranks No. 94 overall in Football Outsiders' S&P rankings, with their rushing attack ranked at No. 72, but a passing game at No. 122. The Roadrunners have struggled moving the ball through the air this year after suffering multiple injuries at quarterback, and are expected to start a redshirt freshman, Austin Robinson, against WKU. Robinson is 73-for-126 passing (57.9 completion percentage,) in 7 games in 2014, throwing 1 touchdown to 4 interceptions. UTSA utilizes very balanced playcalling, with 52.7 percent of their playcalls runs, and 47.2 percent pass.

On defense, the Roadrunners use a unique 4-2-5 alignment, with four defensive linemen, two linebackers, and five defensive backs. Triston Wade (free safety) is a major playmaker, with 4 interceptions to 9 pass breakups on the year (the national average is around a 1-to-5 ratio,) and 74 tackles, the most on their team. Their unit is ranked No. 55 overall on Football Outsiders, the highest-ranked unit WKU has faced this year outside of Louisiana Tech (No. 23.) They're strongest on standard downs (No. 35 nationally,) but more susceptible on passing downs (No. 74 nationally,) which is surprising given their alignment.


Week 13 game notes: WKU--Game Notes.

UTSA--Game Notes.

Conference USA--Weekly Notes.


Stat of the week: WKU is averaging a staggering 50.2 points per game at home in 2014.

Quote of the week: WKU cornerback Cam Thomas on his final home game of his career: "I’ve been trying to go back and forth with myself. I really don’t how I’m gonna react. Everybody keep’s saying, ‘I know you’re gonna cry.' I don’t know. It’s gonna be hard.

“It’s gonna be fun. I’m gonna do like I do every game, play with excitement, talk, I’m gonna dance, have fun, but at the same time, at the end of it, I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I don’t know if I’ll be able to leave the field or not.

“I’ve been seeing different people around the town and they keep saying, ‘I can’t wait to see you walk out there.’ So it’s going to be fun.”


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