Ohio State Football: Don’t sleep on Western Kentucky

The Ohio State football team meets up with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Saturday in Ohio Stadium. Here is why the Buckeyes shouldn’t sleep on them.

The Ohio State football team is less than 10 days away from arguably their biggest game of the season when they travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame. While that game looms large in the eyes of the team and fans alike, the Buckeyes better come out ready and prepared for Western Kentucky this Saturday in Ohio Stadium.

The Hilltoppers are one of the better non-Power Five schools in the country led by a very good quarterback in Austin Reed who knows how to sling the ball around. Reed led all of college football last season with 4,746 yards in the air to go along with 40 touchdown passes. I thought for sure Reed would wind up at a major program, much like SMU’s Tanner Mordecai jumped to Wisconsin.

But Reed stayed, along with fellow teammate receiver Malachi Corley, who had 101 receptions for 1,295 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. This passing offense is prolific, to say the least. Corley is another player who could have jumped for a bigger school but elected to stay with Reed at Western Kentucky.

This says a lot about the job that the Hilltoppers head coach, Tyson Helton, is doing. His players are bought into his program and the results are starting to show. He boasts a 34-17 record at WKU in four-plus seasons on the job. He is also 3-1 in Bowl games. And this might be Helton’s best team yet as they have been picked to win Conference USA by just about every media personality out there.

Furthermore, Western Kentucky leads the nation in turnover margin at +6. This team knows how to take care of the football as they haven’t had a turnover yet through two games. The one pitfall of WKU is their defense. They are not that good and Kyle McCord and company should be able to exploit them.

But make no mistake, this is a huge game for Western Kentucky. Tyson Helton is looking for a signature win for the program and this would certainly be it. The Buckeyes better come out ready to play on Saturday or it could be a long afternoon.