Originally Posted by Boston Red
IKentucky has no business losing to Western, but Western is a pretty solid Sun Belt squad.
Fwiw, WKU should have gone to a bowl last season. Bowling Green is a fairly solid football area in a state that normally doesn't produce all that much upper end talent. Due to lesser admission standards, WKU also tends to get the possible Prop 48 casualties or near-casualties from Louisville and northern Tennessee. (This is similar to the Memphis and Middle Tennessee State teams of the early 90s. Sometimes, a group of players slip through. As a result, many athletes get ignored or simply want to stay close to home rather than risk a greyshirt somewhere else. WKU is also active with high Division I transfers (in both football and basketball) and in Florida high school circles.
They're working their way to being a pretty solid Division I football team, as evidenced not only by beating Kentucky, but by playing Alabama pretty well in Tuscaloosa, 35-0. The final score doesn't show how close it really was, as Bama got a closing seconds TD. Offensively, the Tops and the Crimson Tide were within three first downs and 100 total yards of each other. They also beat Austin Peay 49-10, who also lost to VaTech by around the same score.
Sure, they're not great, but it's not like they're pushovers either.