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What. A. Game.

Saturday night WKU Football went into “The Cage” in Miami, Florida to take on FIU and left victorious, claiming the first (Of many) win of the Tyson Helton era in Bowling Green.

Before we start, please get that ESPN+ announcing and camera crew a new gig. That was painful to watch.

I pay $5 a month solely for ESPN+, and after last night they should have paid me for watching that garbage broadcast.

Some Statistics

Offense: QB Steven Duncan threw for 19/33 for 241 yards 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.

Gaej Walker rushed for 100 yards on 27 carries

Lucky Jackson led the way for the receivers with 6 catches for 93 yards. Kyle Fourtenbary added 5 catches for 74 yards.

Defense: Was lead by Junior Devon Key recording 5 tackles in the secondary for WKU. Juwuan Jones and Kyle Bailey also added 3 tackles.

Takeaways: The offense for WKU showed it can be explosive and unpredictable under Tyson Helton. How about that on-side kick in the first half? Guts. QB Steven Duncan showed he can make the throws needed to guide this offense, but still struggled trying to fit the ball into tight windows resulting in 2 interceptions.

Defense: Complete 360 from last Thursday. FIU’s QB may have got hurt, but the defense limited their QB to 2/6 threw the air for 41 yards and 3.2 yards a rush. The Hiltopper defense only gave up 7 points to FIU which is impressive no matter who you play.

By no means was the win “pretty” but a win is a win.

Did your hear Coach Helton’s Postgame speech?

This sounds like a man who doesn’t listen to a lot of outside noise. I like my team.

See you in Nashville! @WKUConnect


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On a separate note: Why do we not have a Turnover “____”? Anything, literally anything, would be fine with me.

Western Kentucky vs. FIU Preview | WKU Connection

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It’s Game Day!

WKU (0-1) takes on FIU (0-1) at 6 PM on ESPN+ in Miami, Florida. Vegas odds have the golden panthers favored (-9.0).

FIU Stats Last Week vs. Tulane

Last Thursday Tulane defeated the golden panthers (42-14).

Passing: Morgan- 19/34 208 yards 1 TD 1 Int

Rushing: Jones- 14 Carries 48 yards 1 TD. Maxwell- 6 Carries 17 yards

Receiving: Palmer- 2 Catches 49 yards. Maloney- 2 Catches 45 yards. Thorton- 4 Catches 40 yards. Gaiter- 3 Catches 35 yards. Alexander- 5 Catches 30 yards.

Keys To Victory

Offense: Steven Duncan has to take control of the offense and lead them to long sustaining drives that lead to points. Simple. If he has trouble it might be time for Ty Storey to get a shot at a series or two for the Hilltoppers.

Defense: The defensive line has established themselves. Now its time for our linebackers and secondary to step up. Especially the secondary, Trae Meadows would be a name I’d look for to step up today.

USA Today ranks all 130 College football teams going into 2019

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USA Today ranks all 130 college football teams each week throughout the year. In week 0 they have WKU at 114. That ranks 11th in Conference USA ahead of UTEP, Charlotte, and Rice. Taking a look at the WKU schedule here is where the teams that will line up against WKU ranks. Linked below is the full rankings 1-130.

Central Arkansas – NA

FIU – 62nd

Louisville 104

UAB – 51st

Old Dominion – 94th

Army – 18th

FAU – 58th

Marshall – 83rd

Charolette – 119th

Arkansas – 96th

Southern Miss 76th

Middle Tennessee – 92nd

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/08/19/college-football-1-130-re-rank-starts-clemson-alabama-top/2033468001/

ESPN’s FPI Prediction For WKU Football

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 ESPN’s FPI (football power index) gives each game a percentage chance of both teams and who they believe will win from statistics. So I will go game by game and give what ESPN believes what WKU chances are to win.

  • Week 1 vs Central Arkansas 89.7%
  • Week 2 at FIU 27.9%
  • Week 3 vs Louisville 33.2%
  • Week 4 vs UAB 65.3%
  • Week 5 at ODU 79.2%
  • Week 6 vs Army 42.6%
  • Week 7 vs Charlotte 79.2%
  • Week 8 at Marshall 27.2%
  • Week 9 vs FAU 54.2%
  • Week 10 at Arkansas 22.4%
  • Week 11 Southern Mississippi 34.0%
  • Week 12 vs Middle Tennessee 63.4%

If the games went as the ESPN FPI says we would see a 6-6 record, with this record we would find the team in a bowl game. This would be a great advancement from where WKU Football was a season ago. These percentages change before each game and during each game to give a better idea of who sound win based on statistics.

WKU Football Week 2 at FIU | WKU Connection

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Week 2 starts Conference USA East competition against FIU on the road for WKU. The Panthers coming off a good season with an 8-4 regular season record and a Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl against Toledo. They open their season against @ Tulane.

The Offense:

Their offense last season averaged 34 points per contest. When they ran the football they averaged 175 yards per game. When going to the air they saw 245 yards per game. During C-USA play they ran for only 158 yards per game and passing for 263 yards. They scored 81% of the trips inside the red zone. They were able to convert 65% of those trips into touchdowns. They return 8 starters on offense.

What They Return:

James Morgan lead the team in passing yards a season ago with 2,727 yards.

Napoleon Maxwell lead the team in rushing a season ago with 697 yards.

The Defense:

The defense for the panthers gave up 25 points per game a season ago. They allowed 192 yards per game on the ground. While though the air they allowed 194 yards per game. When teams got in the red zone they gave up points on 77% of trips. Teams where able to score on 58% of their drives.

What They Return:

They return 8 starters on defense.

Sage Lewis led the defense in tackles during 2018 with 132 ( 83 solo and 49 assisted).

Against WKU a season ago they ran the ball for 197 yards and passed for 171. Defeating the Hilltoppers by a score of 38 to 17.

Should be a packed house in south Florida. *Sarcasm*