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Navy (2-0) at Western Kentucky (2-2) college football preview

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Site: Houchens Industries L.T. Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, Ky.

TV: ESPNEWS

Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Series Record: Navy leads 2-0

Last Meeting: Navy won, 40-14, on Sept. 17, 2011 in Bowling Green, Ky.

Navy offense vs. Western Kentucky defense: The Midshipmen have put up 40 points or more in each of their previous two meetings against the Hilltoppers and should have no trouble doing it again this time. Navy has averaged 46 points in its first two games this season in wins over Indiana (41-35) and Delaware (51-7). Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds leads the nation's top rushing offense (398 yards a game) with 236 yards and three TDs on 47 carries, while completing 12 of 17 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Given that the Hilltoppers are ranked 95th in rushing defense (195 yards), look for Reynolds and Navy's slotbacks to have the same kind of success the Midshipmen had two years ago when they ran for more than 400 yards. In that game, Navy also surprised the Hilltoppers and scored twice through the air.

Navy defense vs. Western Kentucky offense: Senior tailback Antonio Andrews is one of the top all-around players the Midshipmen will face this season. Andrews accounted for 3,161 all-purpose yards as a junior, the second most in Football Bowl Subdivision history behind Barry Sanders in his 1988 Heisman Trophy season. Andrews is averaging 8.4 yards per carry on 65 attempts, scoring six TDs. He had 213 yards and five TDs last week against Morgan State. If Navy gets a big lead and forces the Hilltoppers to pass, it could get ugly. WKU is ranked last in the country in turnover margin. First-year coach Bobby Petrino, who is trying to resurrect his career after getting fired at Arkansas, has opened the quarterback competition after junior Brandon Doughty threw eight interceptions in losses to Tennessee and South Alabama. Freshman Todd Porter started against Morgan State, but three other QBs, including Doughty, played. Linebackers Cody Peterson (19 tackles) and D.J. Sargenti lead a rushing defense for Navy ranked 48th (137.5 yards a game).

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