Western Kentucky leads East Division with a 4-0 record

The Conference USA race is heating up, where Western Kentucky and Marshall are tied at 4-0 in the East Division.

With only four games left on WKU’s schedule for the 2015 season, the Conference-USA East race is heating up.

After last week’s loss at LSU, the Tops’ overall record fell to 6-2, dropping them to second in the East division behind Marshall who sits at 7-1. While Marshall currently holds a one-game lead over WKU, both teams remain unbeaten in conference play with identical 4-0 records.

The rest of the East division is lackluster with middling conference records of 2-2 (Middle Tennessee, Florida International), 1-2 (Old Dominion), 1-3 (Florida Atlantic) and winless Charlotte (0-4). WKU has three of those five teams left on its schedule, with ODU on the road this weekend.

An exciting finish is almost guaranteed as both Marshall and WKU enter the favorable parts of their schedules, and the two teams don’t meet until the regular season finale on Nov. 27.

WKU fans—and football fans in general— may remember what happened the last time the Thundering Herd and Hilltoppers clashed. The entire country got a taste of some offensive football on Black Friday last year as Brandon Doughty led his offense to 9 total touchdowns and 67 points to defeat a then unbeaten Marshall squad 67-66 in overtime.

This year’s version of the budding rivalry may not be as high-scoring, but it’s sure to be interesting as the conference’s best statistical offense and defense will be pitted against each other. WKU is sixth nationally in total yards gained with 4,176 (522 per game) and the Marshall defense is allowing just 5.9 points per game in conference play.

Whatever the outcome is, the WKU/Marshall game will likely yield the C-USA East Division Champion and earn one of the teams a spot in the C-USA Championship Game.

The race in the C-USA West Division is just as tight, with Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi currently tied atop the division with matching conference (3-1) and overall (5-3) records. Rice is one game back in the division.

As the calendar turns to November, teams across the country will enter crucial stretches in their seasons, and WKU is no exception. The Hilltoppers have a great opportunity to make their first C-USA Championship Game appearance and validate their preseason label of C-USA East favorites.


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