Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for College Football news and notes.
The (0-0) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers of Conference USA East Division takes a short trip to the “MUSIC CITY” for their 2015 season opener. Western Kentucky takes on the (0-0) Vanderbilt Commodores of the SEC-East Division in College Football action. WKU ended the 2014 season by crushing C-USA Marshall bid at an undefeated season. The Hilltoppers also got a Bowl victory over Central Michigan in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl. Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason had a rough start in replacing the effective James Franklin, who left for Penn State. Mason has taken over as defensive coordinator that is his specialty. The opening betting line has Vanderbilt as a two and a half point Home Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 64′-points for Thursday’s game. Read more on our Charlotte at Georgia State week-one write-up.
The 2015 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are supposed to be the best team in the East Division of Conference-USA. Former Louisville signal-caller and current WKU head coach Jeff Brohm knows his program is in unfamiliar territory as the favorite. The second-year coach is breathing easy with the return of Senior quarterback Brandon Doughty. Doughty led the FBS in passing yards and touchdowns. The Hilltoppers can put points on the scoreboard and running back Leon Allen is also one of the best at his position in the conference. The Western Kentucky offense was sixth in the nation putting up a little over forty-four points per game. Putting points on the scoreboard is not going to be as easy as one would believe against Derek Mason’s defense. Especially with all the lofty expectations in Bowling Green, Kentucky this season. WKU will also be tested at home on September 10th, hosting Louisiana Tech. The Hilltoppers lost at “LA TECH” 59-10 last season, their worst loss of the season. First thing first, Thursday’s contest is huge moving forward for Brohm and the WKU football program. It will also be a measuring stick for Doughty going forward. A good showing on the road against an SEC team will improve his draft stock dramatically.
The Vanderbilt Commodores were a very young football team last season. They also had a first-year head, coach. The faithful in Nashville, Tennessee gave Mason and the Commodores football team a pass in 2014. The expectation is high moving forward, and they will not accept losing to Western Kentucky University, two-hundred miles to the north. Vanderbilt brings back seventeen starters on both sides of the football. Mason feels his team has worked very hard in preparation for the 2015 season, and they are ready to hit the field. Offensively the Commodores want to use their strength up front and pound the football. The strategy will be to score points and keep the high-powered Western Kentucky offense on the sidelines. Mason has not named the starting quarterback for the Thursday Night opener, but new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig promises results. The football team has come a long way in offseason preparation for the 2015 season. The Commodores lost at home to Temple in the 2014 opener in a poor showing. Look for Vanderbilt to be prepared at home on national television on September 3rd under the lights.
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