The Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University are a collegiate men’s football team heading in the right direction. This squad, which is affiliated with Conference USA, is a small school with big time players.
Head Coach Bobby Petrino led this southern school to winning seasons up to and through 2013. Well-known and popular, Petrino resigned his position at the end of the 2013 Season and took a similar job with a bigger school, the University of Louisville.
It was left to Interim Head Coach Jeff Brohm, now in his second year, to fill the vacuum and keep the team’s players focused and performing to the best of their collective abilities.
Coach Brohm achieved that and, to date, after just one season, sports a Won-Loss record of 9-5. This young coach and his players embarked on the new season filled with confidence and the belief that 2015 would be a “banner year.”
It may turn out that they were right. The new season began with an impressive road win against the Commodores of Vanderbilt University. The visiting Hilltoppers prevailed in a hard-hitting, low-scoring contest. The final tally was 14-12 in favor of Western Kentucky University.
The team took to the gridiron once again on September 10th. The game was played at home against visiting Louisiana Tech University. Once again, the Hilltoppers squeezed out a victory in a very close, but high-scoring, game. The final score was 41-38.
After just two games, this squad from Western Kentucky University has proven that it can win close games in defensive battles and when both teams function like offensive juggernauts.
There are four more home games in Western Kentucky’s future. The team will host the University of Miami (Ohio) on September 26th, Middle Tennessee University on October 10th, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on November 7th and Marshall University’s Thundering Herd on November 27th.
The Hilltoppers will travel frequently in 2015. They still have seven road games remaining to be played. These include a contest against the Hoosiers of Indiana University on September 19th, the Rice Owls on October 3rd, North Texas University on October 15th, thirteenth ranked Louisiana State University (LSU) on October 24th, Old Dominion University on October 31st and Florida International University (FIU) on November 21st.
It is a schedule made more difficult because it includes lots of travel. But it is also a schedule that seems to provide many winning opportunities. A good season or a poor one will depend, as is always the case, on how well the squad’s players perform on the field.
Western Kentucky University has been winning more than losing in recent seasons. As such, there is every reason to believe that this small school football team will do very well in 2015. After all, it has already won its first two games.
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