Western Kentucky enters its final week of the regular season with one task - win and your in.
At 6-1 in Conference USA play, the Hilltoppers reside atop the East Division standings and a win at Marshall would send the program to the league title game for a second consecutive season. The two rivals meet on the final week of the regular season for the third straight time, with WKU having won both prior meetings.
"There is a lot riding on this game," WKU head coach Jeff Brohm said. "Our players understand that. We get an opportunity to go to a tough place to play; it’s always tough to win a football game at Marshall. They are very good at home. They have a lot of history and tradition there. I’m sure they will be ready this last game to try to spoil our season. We’re looking forward to Saturday night.”
WKU trails Marshall 4-3 in the overall series, but have not lost to the Thundering Herd during the Brohm era. The 2014 meeting, one of the most-thrilling contests in C-USA history, saw the team teams compile 1,446 total yards of offense in a 67-66 overtime win by the Hilltoppers that spoiled an undefeated league record for Marshall. Last fall, WKU clinched its first-ever birth in the league's championship game by defeating Marshall 49-28 at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
With Marshall (3-8, 2-5) suffering through its worst season during Doc Holliday's tenure at the school, the post-season impact for this season's version is one-sided.
However, WKU All-American offensive lineman Forrest Lamp believes the Thundering Herd will arrive motivated, similar to how the Hilltoppers were two seasons ago in Huntington, W.V.
“Obviously, they will be real motivated just like we were two years ago," he said. "Two years ago they were undefeated in the conference, I know we aren’t undefeated this year, but we are leading the East division. We are playing really well right now so they’ll be motivated.”
The Hilltoppers are currently a 24-point favorite.
Remembering the 2014 contest: