Western Kentucky University's football team and head coach Jeff Brohm have a major opportunity on its hands this weekend, facing a top-10 foe for just the fourth time in the school's time in FBS.
The Toppers will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
"It's an exciting game for our guys," Brohm said. "Any time you get a chance to play against a team of this caliber, LSU is always one of the best teams in the country. They have top talent each year.
"Right now, they're probably playing as good as they've played in years."
The Toppers are 1-3 since the move to FBS against ranked opponents with that victory coming last season in a win over No. 19 Marshall. The three losses were to top-10 foes, including LSU in 2011.
"It's a challenge but a great opportunity for our guys," Brohm said.
In that '11 game in Baton Rouge, the Toppers had the game tied at 7 after one quarter but lost 42-9. LSU finished with 291 yards rushing and outgained the Toppers 474-226 in total offense.
WKU averaged 535.8 yards of offense this time around, while LSU averages 460 yards a game.
Brohm has some familiarity with LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Brohm spent part of the 1995 NFL season with the Washington Redskins and Cameron was the team's quarterbacks coach.
The game could be the largest crowd to ever watch a WKU game. Currently, the largest crowd to ever watch WKU play came at No. 1 Alabama in 2012, a showing of 101,821. LSU's Tiger Stadium holds 102,381.