Western Kentucky (4-3, 2-1) welcomes Old Dominion (4-2, 2-0) for a Conference USA meeting that comes with significant East Division title implications.
Here's the WKU Insider game preview:
LOCATION: Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky. (22,113)
DATE: Saturday, October 22
KICKOFF: 6:00 p.m.
RADIO: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network: 105.3 FM/1450 AM
Play-by-Play: Randy Lee
Analyst: Leo Peckenpaugh
Sideline: Terry Obee
TV: American Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Dave Armstrong
Analyst: Richard Baldinger
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The Hilltoppers return home following a thrilling 44-43 double overtime victory at rival Middle Tennessee last weekend, while Old Dominion enjoyed last week off. This is just the third meeting between the two programs. WKU defeated ODU 55-30 in Norfolk, Va., last fall and won 66-51 at home in 2014.
- WKU is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
- The Hilltoppers are 13-2 at home since the Brohm Era began and average a staggering 50.4 points.
- WKU left tackle Forrest Lamp has not allowed a sack over the past two seasons.
- With an average of 39.4 per attempt, Kylen Towner tops C-USA in kickoff returns.
- Winners of three straight, ODU has averaged 40.3 points per game and winning by an average of 23 points during that stretch.
- With Ray Lawry and Jeremy Cox both in C-USA's top ten running backs, the Monarchs are second in Conference USA with 200.7 rushing yards per game.
- In two C-USA games, ODU QB David Washington is 35-of-60 for 463 yards and five touchdowns passes, with one interception. He has also rushed for 98 yards and a score.
- With a 7-2 mark, Monarchs Head Coach Bobby Wilder has the best winning percentage of any active FBS head coach in games decided by one score.
WR Taywan Taylor : The senior is just one of three receivers nationally with five games of 110+ receiving yards this season.
LB Keith Brown : The graduate transfer has led the Hilltoppers in tackles for five straight outings.
QB Mike White : Has enjoyed three outings with 300+ passing yards. Ranks 9th nationally in passer rating (164) and 7th in total yards (2,098).
WR Nicholas Norris : Senior is tied for 6th in the country in receiving TD (8), 16th in receptions (43) and 17th in yards (647).
RB Ray Lowry : Junior back has averaged 142 rushing yards in two games against WKU. Averaging
WR Zach Pascal : Senior has caught a pass in 42 consecutive games.
QB David Washington : Dual-threat quarterback, who has thrown 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also averaging 4.2 yards per run.
LB Anthony Wilson : Leads ODU with seven tackles for a loss and four sacks.
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WKU Defensive Coordinator Nick Holt (courtesty WKU Athletics)
WKU head coach Jeff Brohm on importance of the game:
"This is a big football game. If Old Dominion wins, they’re in control. Whoever can find a way to win is going to continue to have a chance for that championship shot. That’s what both teams want. And both teams are capable.”
Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder on the WKU offense:
"They put so much stress on your defense. They make you defend every inch of the field."