Western Kentucky travels to LSU for a Saturday evening contest

WKU Insider provides a preview of the Hilltoppers road trip to face No. 5 LSU

Date: Oct. 24, 2015
Game Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
Television:
ESPNU
  Play by Play: Randy Lee
  Analyst: Leo Peckenpaugh
 Sideline: Terry Obee

Weather

It could get wet in Baton Rouge on Saturday night.  The Weather Channel forcasts a 50 percent chance scattered thunderstorms during the day, but current projections lower the chance to 30 percent near kickoff. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s at game time.

About the Hilltoppers and Tigers

  • WKU enters the contest at 6-1 overall and among others receiving votes in the national polls. . LSU goes into the game with a 6-0 overall mark and ranked No. 5 in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25.
  • The game serves as LSU's homecoming contest.
  • In the FBS era, the Hilltoppers are 1-3 against ranked opponents. All three losses have come against Top 10 opponents, including top ranked LSU in 2011. WKU’s lone win over a ranked opponent was at No. 19 Marshall last season.
  • WKU has been on fire lately, with halftime leads of 42, 25, 38 and 20 points over the last four games. The Hilltoppers are out-scoring their opponents 225-82 in the first half, an average halftime margin of 20.4 points, the second-highest nationally.
  • LSU hasn't lost a non-conference regular season contest since 2002, entering the game with an FBS record 51 consecutive wins against teams not in the SEC. Tigers head coach Les Miles is 32-0 in non-conference games in Tiger Stadium.
  • WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty ranks No. 2 nationally in passing yards (2,709) and passing efficiency (186.4) and No. 5 in total offense (378.7).
  • LSU running back Leonard Fournette leads the nation in rushing yards (1,202), rushing yards per game (200.3) and rushing TDs (14). He's rushed for at least 100 yards in eight consecutive outings.
  • Tigers quarterback Brandon Harris has thrown for 812 yards, 6 TDs with no interceptions. He’s also rushed for 160 yards and 3 scores.
  • The LSU defense ranks 15th nationally, holding opponents to just 297 yards per game.
  • WKU enters the game ranked third in FBS in turnover margin, LSU is 20th.
  • WKU has reached bowl eligibility for the fifth consecutive season and in five of seven years as an FBS school. The Hilltoppers are also the first bowl eligible team in the Commonwealth. The 6-1 start is WKU’s best of the FBS era.

Three Things for a Tigers Win

  1. Run, Fournette, Run. 40 percent of the Tigers offense goes through Fournette. Keep that ratio on Saturday and the Tigers should like their chances.
  2. Interception Free. LSU QB Brandon Harris needs to the leave the game still having thrown no interceptions.
  3. Don't Overlook. This is certainly not a game for the Tigers to get caught looking ahead to Alabama.

Three Things for a Hilltoppers Win

  1. Turnover Free. The WKU offense will get its yards, but can't afford to have any drives ended by turnover.
  2. Don't Break. The Hilltoppers rank 12th nationally in red zone defense and need to keep the 'don't break' mantra against LSU.
  3. Stay Close. Get to the fourth quarter with the game still in question and stay focused until the final second.

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