BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – Western Kentucky is looking to crash Florida Atlantic’s party this Saturday as the Owls open their brand new stadium.
For Florida Atlantic, nothing would christen the new 30,000 seat stadium like getting the team’s first victory of 2011. But, Western Kentucky isn’t backing down to the challenge of what is expected to be a raucous crowd.
“It’s our new stadium because we’re playing in it too,” Western Kentucky cornerback Tyree Robinson told the Associated Press.
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If you’re looking for points, the game may not be your cup of tea. Combined, WKU and FAU are averaging less than 32 points per game. Those stats are skewed by blowout losses to large BCS schools.
Western Kentucky’s offense is putting up 316 yards per game, good for 103rd in the country. FAU’s offense is managing just 230 yards of total offense per game, ranked third worst in the country.
Plus, the WKU Hilltoppers are at their best on the road. WKU three victories over the past two season have come away from the team’s home stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
FAU is one of the three winless teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. All of the losses have come on the road including losses at Florida, Michigan State, and Auburn. FAU has also dropped two straight Sun Belt Conference games to Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas.
FAU will also be sending out backup quarterback David Kooi as the starter this week after Graham Wilbert suffered an injury to his throwing arm in last weekend’s game.
Kickoff for the Owls matchup with the Hilltoppers is set for 4:00 p.m. in Boca Raton.