Central Michigan (7-5, 5-3 MAC) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5, 4-4 Conference USA), noon, (ESPN).
Line: Western Kentucky by 4.
Series Record: Central Michigan 1-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since moving to the FBS level would be the reward if Western Kentucky gets the win. Central Michigan would post its best record since going 12-2 in 2009 if it prevails on Wednesday.
Western Kentucky QB Brandon Doughty vs. Central Michigan’s defensive line. The matchup that tests Doughty most probably won’t be the secondary, but the Chippewas’ defensive front — since if they don’t get a rush going and let Doughty throw unbothered, the Hilltoppers will almost certainly put up a ton of points. However, it bears noting that wind can swirl inside Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, and that could have an effect on the passing games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Central Michigan: QB Cooper Rush has a touchdown pass in eight straight games, though has been prone to give the ball away a bit too easily. . G Andy Phillips and C Nick Beamish lead a veteran offensive line. . WR Titus Davis has 33 touchdown catches in 44 college games. . DB Brandon Greer has forced four turnovers in 2014.
Western Kentucky: WR Jared Dangerfield started hot (two TDs in the opener) and ended that way (five TD catches in his last three games). . DB Wonderful Terry had three defensive touchdowns this season. . RT Cameron Clemmons raised his NFL draft stock this year, anchoring a solid offensive line.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Devon Spalding could be the go-to back in a Central Michigan backfield that was revamped since leading rusher Thomas Rawls did not accompany the team to the Bahamas and will not play because of an academic issue. . Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm said he’s been to the Bahamas before — when he was with the family on a Disney cruise. . The Hilltoppers give up 39.2 points per game; the Chippewas haven’t scored more than 38 in a game this season.