The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Louisville Cardinals will face off at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 12 at Cardinal Stadium to kick off their 2020 seasons. The Hilltoppers ended up 9-4 last year and capped things off with a win over the Western Michigan Broncos in the First Responder Bowl, so they are on the hunt for another strong season. U of L was on the positive side of .500 (8-5) last season and is hoping to kick off an even more successful year.
A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: WKU was 12th best in the nation (top 9%) in rushing touchdowns allowed, finishing the 2019 season giving up only 11. Less enviably, the Cardinals ranked sixth worst in the nation with respect to passing touchdowns allowed last season, where the team gave up 31.
Since the experts predict a loss, WKU will need to dig deep. We’ll soon see whether they can make the experts look bad.