Western Kentucky football coach Jeff Brohm knows his team has a "major" test on Saturday.
After an impressive win over Rice in the opener, the Toppers hit the road and will play top-ranked Alabama on Saturday. The game is slated for 2:30 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
"We’re not blind, we see what everyone else sees," Brohm said. "This is the very best team in the country."
WKU has faced challenges before, losing at LSU last season. The Toppers also played at Tennessee in 2013 and met Alabama on the road in 2012. But this Alabama team looks a bit tougher after a 52-6 win over USC last weekend.
"They’ve got tremendous talent, great size, great speed at every position," Brohm said. "There are no weaknesses. They’re coached by the best coach in the country. He’s proven it. He’s been there,he’s done that. But our guys will be excited for this opportunity to go down there and play a team the caliber of Alabama, an SEC opponent, the national champions, at their place, their first home game. I think our guys will be ready.
"They’ll look forward to this challenge, and we’re looking forward to seeing how we measure up. But it will be a tough game, a tough matchup, and we understand how tough it will be."
Alabama leads the overall series with the Toppers 2-0, winning 35-0 in 2012 and 41-7 in 2008.
The Toppers have caught Nick Saban's eye. QB Mike White threw for 517 yards in the opener against Rice.
“This is a good team," Saban told reporters about WKU in Alabama. "And I know that I'm preaching to the choir here (to reporters) when it comes to what you guys create and what you think. But it is what it is. We had two teams in our league that actually lost to teams that were nowhere near this good (Kentucky lost to Southern Miss and Mississippi State to South Alabama), nowhere near what this team accomplished a year ago, nowhere near the number of players coming back. These are not things that we can take at all for granted.
"We need to get ready to play this game as if we're playing a really good football team because we are."