After battling Eastern Kentucky, Louisville football will head down I-65 to Nashville for a week three neutral site clash with Western Kentucky.
A week after battling in-state foe Eastern Kentucky, the Louisville football team will travel south to tangle with their second opponent from within state borders and the last team they defeated before spiraling out of control in 2018. The game, however, will be contested outside of Kentucky, at LP Field in Nashville, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
The Cards foe, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, should be a familiar program to all Cardinal fans with their recent success built upon former UofL coaches (Bobby Petrino) and players (Jeff Brohm). [Although I’m not sure I should even mention those names around certain company.]
WKU landed on hard times after the departure of Brohm to Purdue, sliding from the top offense in the country two seasons ago, to ranking 118th out of 130 in 2018.
That slide, coupled with a 3-9 record that included a loss to Louisville and a loss to Maine from the FCS, spelled the end of the line for head coach Mike Sanford after two seasons in charge.
Enter new head coaching hire, Tyson Helton.
Helton is no stranger to Bowling Green. He was Brohm’s offensive coordinator for two seasons (2014-2015). During that span, WKU broke numerous offensive records with quarterback Brandon Doughty and wide receiver Taywan Taylor playing under Helton’s tutelage.
Since then, Helton has made stops at USC (Passing Game Coordinator/QB Coach) and Tennessee Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach), before finding his way back to The Hill for his first-ever head coaching gig.
Helton will not be inheriting a team with players like Doughty or Taylor.
He will be taking the reigns of a team that had three different quarterbacks see significant time a season ago, and a team that lost nine of its first ten games by an average of two touchdowns.
There is talent on the roster, but it is very young and not-quite proven.
What can we expect from the Tops? Let’s start with the offense.