Often when Alabama is facing an opponent that has a geographical direction in the school name, head coach Nick Saban has to talk up the opponent to get everyone on his team to take notice.
That’s not the case with Western Kentucky this week.
In his third year, head coach Jeff Brohm has made the Hilltoppers a topic of conversation.
Coming off what may have been the best season in program history, resulting in being ranked No. 24 in the final Associated Press Top 25, they received votes in both major preseason polls and then went out and crushed Rice in Week 1, 46-14.
Overall, Brohm‘s 21-7 as a head coach, 13-4 in conference play, and winning the Conference USA title last season took his team to its second-straight bowl appearance.
If that’s not attention-getting enough, consider that Western Kentucky is 3-2 in its last five games against Southeastern Conference foes, including two wins against Kentucky, 32-31 in overtime in 2012 and 35-26 a year later, and one at Vanderbilt, 14-12 in 2015. Last year, Western Kentucky also lost at then-No. 5 LSU, 48-20.
“They have a lot of starters back on that team, like nine on offense,” Saban said.
“These guys play with a lot of toughness and energy. They’ve got a lot of confidence. They score a lot of points on offense. They’ve got one of the most prolific passing attacks that we’re going to see and some very good players to implement. And they play really tough, physical defensive football. This is a good team.”
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Place: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network, Hilltopper IMG Sports Network 103.5 FL/1450 AM, Sirius 113, XM 190
Spread: Alabama -24 according to Odds Shark