Sep. 15—There’s no doubt about it. If Western Kentucky would come into Ohio Stadium on Saturday and upset the Buckeyes it would be the biggest win in the history of the Hilltoppers’ football program.
But Western Kentucky is no stranger to playing big-time opponents. It has played a team from a Power 5 conference almost every year since 2001, which was eight years before it became a full-fledged FBS school.
The Hilltoppers have played four Big Ten schools since 2001 — Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
They have played Kentucky four times since 2001, Alabama three times, LSU twice, Auburn twice and Tennessee twice. They played Florida in 2007, one year after the Gators beat Ohio State in the BCS national championship game.
Playing Power 5 opponents is one thing and beating them is something else, though. Western Kentucky has played 23 games against Power 5 conference teams since 2001 and has a 2-21 record in those games, with the wins coming in back-to-back seasons against Kentucky in 2012 and 2013.
The point of that history lesson is to say Western Kentucky probably is more of a threat to No. 6 Ohio State (2-0) than Youngstown State and more of a threat than Indiana but not as dangerous as an elite non-league opponent.
The Hilltoppers (2-0) will certainly take a different approach to the game than Indiana and Youngstown State did.
The Hoosiers and Penguins took very few chances on offense and seemed intent on taking as much time off the play clock as possible before every snap to try to keep the ball out of the hands of OSU’s offense.
Western Kentucky is going to put the football in the air all day. At least that would seem to be what a team with a quarterback who threw for 4,744 yards and 40 touchdowns last season would do.
WKU quarterback Austin Reed did that last season and his favorite target, Malachi…
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Author : The Lima News, Ohio
Publish date : 2023-09-15 23:32:00
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