WKU (1-1) travels four hours north to Miami of Ohio (0-2) on Saturday to face the Redhawks for just the second meeting between the two schools. Fueled by a 457-yard passing effort from Brandon Doughty and 115 yards rushing from D'Andre Ferby to roll past Miami 56-14 last fall.
The Hilltoppers are without Doughty, now a rookie with the Miami Dolphins, and Ferby remains doubtful while recovering from a shoulder injury, but the visitors will take the Yager Stadium field as double-digit favorites.
Here's the WKU Insider game preview:
LOCATION: Yager Stadium, Miami, Oh. (26,286)
DATE: Saturday, September 17
KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m.CT
RADIO: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network: 105.3 FM/1450 AM
Play-by-Play: Bob McElligott
Analyst: Ryan Cavanaugh
Sideline: Marisa Contipelli
- WKU feasting on out of conference teams from outside the Power Five leagues. WKU is 11-1 since 2012 against such foes.
- WR Taywan Taylor needs just three receptions to own the school’s career receptions record.
- WR Nicholas Norris is one of 20 receivers nationally who has caught at least one pass in 20 consecutive games.
Miami of Ohio
- Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (673), MAC Championships (15), bowl appearances (10) and bowl wins (7).
- The Redhawks have dropped their first two games of the season, including last weeks 21-17 loss at Eastern Illinois.
- Miami has just 10 seniors on its roster. 43 percent of the roster are either redshirt or true freshmen.
- The Redhawks were selected to finish fifth in the MAC East Division during preseason media voting.
- Miami currently ranks 14th nationally in time of possession.
QB Mike White: He departed the Alabama game early after being slammed to the turf by way of a personal foul, but has practiced this week. Looking for a bounce back similar to his performance against Rice. He's currently 11th nationally in passing yards with 652.
RB Anthony Wales: The WKU ground game needs a big game. Wales, who missed last season's meeting with an injury, but is poised for a breakout performance.
LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe: Following a career-best outing against top-ranked Alabama last weekend, the redshirt sophomore is looking to become a consistent impact performer for the Hilltopper defense.
Miami of Ohio
QB Billy Bahl: Making his 10th consecutive start for Miami, Bahl has thrown for 516 yards in two games this season. He's tossed just one interception.
RB Alonzo Smith: Leads the Redhawks with 156 rushing yards through two games. Averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Will need a strong performance against a WKU defense that ranks among the nation's top 50 and held top-ranked Alabama to under 3 yards per attempt for much of the game last weekend.
LB Brad Koenig: Former walk-on was awarded a scholarship last season and is now in the starting rotation. Currently leads the team in tackles through two outings with 13, including a sack.