Western Kentucky hosts Florida Atlantic on Saturday

Can the Florida Atlantic defense slow down Western Kentucky? WKU Insiders answers questions about Saturday's contest.

1. Anthony Wales just keep getting better.  Another 100 yard game on tap? It appears like a strong possibility. Florida Atlantic is giving up 181 rushing yards per game, which ranks 76th in the nation.  Wales has been very difficult to slow down since returned from an injury and has posted a 100-yard outing in three of his last four outings.  He's averaging 7.8 yards per carry, so the Owls will have a tough task keeping him in check.

2. What type of challenge will the FAU defense present to Doughty and company? The Owls defensive front will come hard and often.  Junior defensive end Trey Hendrickson is tenth in the nation with 7.5 sacks on the season and senior defensive tackle Trevon Coley has 4.5 sacks.  As a team, FAU has recorded 23 sacks, which places them 19th in the nation.

3. What's the next WKU football record to be broken? Taywan Taylor is on the verge of setting a new single-season record for receiving touchdowns. The junior from Louisville PRP, Taylor is currently tied Jared Dangerfield (2014) and Porter Williams (1973) with 11 touchdowns.

4. Will the Hilltoppers run the table in Conference USA? Entering the contest with a perfect record through five C-USA contests, the Hilltoppers find themselves tied for the East Division lead with defending league champ Marshall.  WKU is favored to win on Saturday by 24 points and following an off week will be a strong favorite at FIU.  The Hilltoppers will win both, setting up a potential winner take all in the regular season finale against Marshall on Friday, Nov. 27.

5. It's been awhile since the Tops have played at home. What type of atmosphere is expected? For starters, it's homecoming, which should liven up the crowd for the early kickoff at Houchens-Smith Stadium.  Weather projects a cool, but dry day on The Hill. The WKU fans are always into the game, so with the Tops enjoying their best start to a season in their FBS era, look for the fans to get loud to show their appreciation for the work done thus far.


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