Western Kentucky (2-4) at No. 11 BYU (6-0)
- Kickoff: Saturday, 8:15 p.m. MDT
- Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium (6,000 fans allowed)
- Surface: Natural grass
- TV: ESPN
- Livestream: WatchESPN
- Radio: KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM
- Series: First meeting
- Weather: Clear skies with temperatures in the high 40s at kickoff.
For Western Kentucky … The Hilltoppers are looking to upset the No. 11 team in the country on the road.
For BYU … The Cougars are looking to extend their undefeated season and preserve their No. 11 ranking before a huge showdown next week at No. 25 Boise State.
For Western Kentucky … The Hilltoppers beat Chattanooga last week, 13-10. Prior to that they lost to Marshall and UAB by a combined scored of 75-28.
For BYU … If the Cougars win, it would mark BYU’s fourth 7-0 start in school history. It also happened in 1979, 1984 and 2001. The Cougars have posted a 7-5 record in games played on Halloween. BYU has scored at least 43 points in five of the first six games.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
Western Kentucky will win if … The Hilltoppers force turnovers and manage to get pressure on quarterback Zach Wilson.
BYU will win if … The Cougars don’t get complacent and look ahead to next week’s game at Boise State.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Tyrrell Pigrome, Western Kentucky quarterback: The senior grad transfer from Maryland has completed 65 of 113 passes for 632 yards with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson vs. Western Kentucky’s secondary: Wilson, a Heisman Trophy candidate who is completing 78% of his passes, is averaging 321 passing yards per game. The Hilltoppers are giving up 181 passing yards per contest.
“It will be a very unique trip but an exciting one. It’s a great opportunity to play an undefeated team.”
— Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton
“This is the deepest team we have had since we started. But we aren’t just talking about talent — we are talking about (overall) depth, the guys we feel comfortable taking the field with, and that is one thing that you always keep working on.”
— BYU coach Kalani Sitake
BYU visits No. 25 Boise State Nov. 6; Western Kentucky visits Florida Atlantic on Nov. 7.
Sept. 7 — BYU 55, Navy 3
Sept. 19 — at Army (POSTPONED)
Sept. 26 — BYU 48, Troy 7
Oct. 2 — BYU 45, Louisiana Tech 14
Oct. 10 — BYU 27, UTSA 20
Oct. 16 — BYU 43, Houston 26
Oct. 24 — BYU 52, Texas State 14
Oct. 31 — Western Kentucky (8:15, ESPN)
Nov. 6 — at Boise State (7:45 p.m., FS1)
Nov. 21 — Northern Alabama (TBA, TBA)
Dec. 12 — San Diego State (TBA, TBA)
All times MT