Following an impressive win on the road against their most hated rival, the Wildcats are riding high.
In the first half of their nationally televised game, the Cats were clicking on all cylinders offensively, scoring on their second play from scrimmage, and reaching the end zone on three of their first four drives.
But a lackluster finish almost allowed the vastly outmatched Cardinals to claw their way back into the game.
The Cats were lucky enough to hold on for the 23-16 victory at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium, and left the River City feeling as though they had just finished an undefeated season. But as they prepare for another in-state foe, they must remain humble, especially after seeing Ole Miss blow a 21-point lead to Jacksonville State, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Although it may seem a bit cliche, the Wildcats need to put their impressive victory over their most vaunted rival behind them, and focus at the game this Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Against the Cards, Steve Brown and his defense were unable to stop the run, allowing nearly 200 yards on the ground to a Louisville team that ranked a mear 89th nationally running the football last season.
The Hilltoppers, on the other hand, ranked in the top 40 nationally and feature a running back, Bobby Rainey, that ran for 155 yards last week against Nebraska, a defense known for stopping the run.
Although Western poses some threats offensively, confidence has never been higher for the Wildcats.
Entering their opening game, there were many questions about how certain players, namely quarterback Mike Hartline, might perform. But after their resounding offensive performance, it looks as though the only team that can stop that Cats, is the team name on the chest of their jerseys.