All the hoopla aside, Western Kentucky beat the Wildcats at Commonwealth stadium last year and played well enough to have their coach poached by a BCS school. The Hilltoppers shouldn’t be underestimated, but the talent gap on the offensive and defensive lines is pretty extreme. WKU is likely to struggle as they transition from Taggart’s run oriented offense to Petrino’s pass-happy scheme and the pieces just don’t fit as well on their side. This game will be closer than expected, but mostly because Petrino will keep gunning late in the game and score 10-14 in the fourth against Kentucky’s reserves.
Kentucky Wildcats Football: My 2013 Season Prediction