PREVIEW: WKU vs. Old Dominion

WKU sophomore wide receiver Taywan Taylor (2) reaches for a touchdown in the WKU vs. Florida Atlantic game on Oct. 18. The Hilltoppers lost 45-38 despite holding a 17-point halftime lead. MAX JACKSON/COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY PRESS AT FAU

Herald Sports Staff

Old Dominion (3-4, 1-3 Conference USA) at Western Kentucky (2-4, 0-3 C-USA).

KICKOFF: Saturday, Oct. 25, 3:00 p.m. CT

BROADCAST: 105.3 FM (IMG Sports Network), Conference USA Digital Network (online)

ODDS: Western Kentucky -11 (Vegas Insider)

SERIES: First Meeting

WHAT’S AT STAKE: WKU and ODU are a combined 1-6 in Conference USA with each team sitting at the bottom of the East Division. WKU hopes to avoid an 0-4 start to conference play for the first time since 2009 when the team finished the season winless. WKU plays four of its last six regular season games at home.


In remembrance of former head coach Jimmy Feix, the Hilltoppers will continue to wear a ‘FEIX’ decal on their helmets. A ribbon will be painted next to his name on Feix Field and a moment of silence will be observed prior to the game…WKU will welcome back Old Dominion Athletic Director Dr. Camden Wood Selig, who served the same role at WKU from 1999-2010.


WKU QB Brandon Doughty – Doughty is 358 yards away from surpassing his single-season record for passing yards of 2,857. The redshirt senior quarterback is also three touchdowns away from tying the school record of touchdown passes in a season, set by Kawaun Jakes in 2012 with 22.

ODU – QB Taylor Heinicke – The three-year starter ranks in the top-10 in career passing yards, touchdowns and total offense among college quarterbacks. Heinicke currently ranks fourth among Conference USA quarterbacks with 259.3 passing yards per game. Heinicke has thrown for 1,815 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.