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.
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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.
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How To Watch
When: Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Cardinal Stadium — Louisville, Kentucky
TV: ACC Network
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
The Cardinals are a big 11.5-point favorite against the Hilltoppers, according to the latest college football odds.
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Louisville have won both of the games they’ve played against Western Kentucky in the last six years.
Both programs are coming off impressive bounce-back seasons that ended with bowl victories. Both also return the bulk of the squad that delivered the success of a season ago.
Louisville downed Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl to close the first year of the Scott Satterfield at 8-5 overall. Similarly, WKU defeated Western Michigan in the ServPro First Responders Bowl to close at 9-4 in Tyson Helton’s first season as head coach. The strengths of the two teams are on opposite sides of the ball. The UofL offense is expected to resume it’s multi-faceted attacks behind quarterback Micale Cunningham, running back Javian Hawkins and receiver Tutu Atwell, while WKU defense is led by DeAngelo Malone, the 2019 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.