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The 2015 WKU Hilltoppers football team represented Western Kentucky University (WKU) in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season as members of the East Division of Conference USA. Led by second year head coach Jeff Brohm, they played their home games at Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They finished the season 12–2, 8–0 in C-USA play to be champions of the East Division. They represented the East Division in the Conference USA Football Championship Game where they defeated Southern Miss to win their first ever C-USA championship. They were invited to the Miami Beach Bowl where they defeated South Florida. They were also ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history.

2015 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers football
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C-USA champion
C-USA East Division champion
Miami Beach Bowl champion
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
APNo. 24
2015 record12–2 (8–0 C-USA)
Head coachJeff Brohm (2nd as HC; 3rd Overall season)
Offensive coordinatorTyson Helton (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorNick Holt (3rd season)
Home stadiumHouchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
(Capacity: 22,113)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 24 Western Kentucky x$   8 0         12 2  
Middle Tennessee   6 2         7 6  
Marshall   6 2         10 3  
FIU   3 5         5 7  
Old Dominion   3 5         5 7  
Florida Atlantic   3 5         3 9  
Charlotte*   0 8         2 10  
West Division
Southern Miss x   7 1         9 5  
Louisiana Tech   6 2         9 4  
UTSA   3 5         3 9  
UTEP   3 5         5 7  
Rice   3 5         5 7  
North Texas   1 7         1 11  
Championship: Western Kentucky 45, Southern Miss 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ineligible for postseason bowl due to transition from FCS
As of January 12, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Hilltoppers finished the 2014 season 8–5 overall and 4–4 in conference play. WKU biggest win and upset was against season closer Marshall by 67–66 in overtime, Marshall's first and only loss of their season making them ineligible for a berth in a New Year's Six Bowl. WKU became bowl eligible after defeating UTSA and was invited to play in the inaugural Bahamas Bowl, the first international bowl game since 2010. The Hilltoppers defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas, 49–48.

ScheduleEdit

Western Kentucky announced their 2015 football schedule on February 2, 2015. The 2015 schedule consist of five home and seven away games in the regular season. The Hilltoppers will host CUSA foes Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, and Middle Tennessee, and will travel to Florida International (FIU), North Texas, Old Dominion, and Rice.[1]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:00 p.m.at Vanderbilt*SECNW 14–1230,307
September 107:00 p.m.Louisiana TechFS1W 41–3817,515
September 193:00 p.m.at Indiana*ESPNewsL 35–3844,823
September 262:30 p.m.Miami (OH)*
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
CBSSNW 56–1420,320
October 32:30 p.m.at RiceFSNW 49–1020,124
October 1011:00 a.m.Middle Tennessee
FSNW 58–2816,993
October 156:30 p.m.at North TexasCBSSNW 55–2810,155
October 246:00 p.m.at No. 5 LSU*ESPNUL 20–48101,561
October 3111:00 a.m.at Old DominionFSNW 55–3020,118
November 711:00 a.m.Florida Atlantic 
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
FSNW 35–1918,421
November 211:30 p.m.at FIUFCSW 63–714,380
November 2711:00 a.m.Marshall
  • Houchens Industries–L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
FS1W 49–2817,687
December 511:00 a.m.Southern Miss
ESPN2W 45–2816,823
December 211:30 p.m.vs. South Florida*No. 25ESPNW 45–3521,712
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule source:[2]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV RV NR NR NR RV RV NR NR RV RV RV RV 25 24 
Coaches NR NR RV NR NR NR NR RV NR RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

at VanderbiltEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 0 7 7 14
Commodores 0 3 0 9 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 1938 VANDY, 12–0

Louisiana TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 17 7 14 38
Hilltoppers 14 13 11 3 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 2014 LT, 59–10

at IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 7 21 0 7 35
Hoosiers 7 10 21 0 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2010 IND, 38–21

Miami (OH)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
RedHawks 0 7 0 7 14
Hilltoppers 21 28 0 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 21 14 0 14 49
Owls 3 7 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 7 7 7 7 28
Hilltoppers 28 24 3 3 58
Overall record Last meeting Result
29–33–1 2014 MTSU, 50–47 3OT

at North TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 14 20 14 7 55
Mean Green 0 14 0 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2012 WKU, 25–24

at LSUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 0 7 6 7 20
#5 Tigers 7 7 20 14 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2011 LSU, 42–9

at Old DominionEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 10 21 10 14 55
Monarchs 3 7 7 13 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2014 WKU, 66–51

Florida AtlanticEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 7 6 6 0 19
Hilltoppers 0 14 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–5 2014 FAU, 45–38

at Florida InternationalEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 21 14 21 7 63
Panthers 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–4 2012 WKU, 14–6

MarshallEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 0 14 7 7 28
Hilltoppers 7 28 6 8 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2014 WKU, 67–66 OT

Southern Miss (C–USA Championship Game)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 7 14 7 0 28
Hilltoppers 7 14 10 14 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 WKU, 42–17

South Florida (Miami Beach Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Hilltoppers 0 10 28 7 45
Bulls 7 7 7 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–4 2010 USF, 24–12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hilltoppers Announce 2015 Football Schedule and Season Ticket Plans" (Press release). Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics. February 2, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  2. ^ "2015 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 23, 2015.