Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty (12) looks to running back Leon Allen (33) during a game against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 1, 2014.
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The two Conference USA favorites will kick off conference play in primetime, as Western Kentucky plays host to Louisiana Tech on Thursday night.

By SI Wire
September 07, 2015

Two teams expected to be near the top of Conference USA this season kick off conference play in primetime on Thursday night when Western Kentucky plays host to Louisiana Tech.

Louisiana Tech will be coming off a short week after beating Southern, 62-15, in its season opener. Because of the lopsided score, the Bulldogs were able to rest their starters. Coach Skip Holtz pulled starting quarterback Jeff Driskel after 33 snaps. Most of the first-team offense exited after around 25 snaps, and the first-team defense played a similar amount of time. Driskel told reporters after the game that some of the players, including defensive tackle Vernon Butler, were angry about leaving the game, but the additional rest could help them this week.

Western Kentucky opened its season with a 14–12 victory over Vanderbilt last Thursday, ending a near comeback by the Commodores by stopping a two-point conversion in the game's final 33 seconds.​

Louisiana Tech finished first in the C-USA West last year with a 9–5 overall record and a 7–1 record in conference. Western Kentucky was fourth in the C-USA East, going 8–5 overall and 4–4 in conference. Last season, Tech beat WKU 59–10

How to watch

Details for Thursday’s game are below:

Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: Fox Sports 1
Radio: For a list of Louisiana Tech affiliates, click here. For a list of Western Kentucky affiliates, click here.

Team schedules

Louisiana Tech:

Sept. 5: vs. Southern (W, 62–15)
Sept. 10: at Western Kentucky
Sept. 19: at Kansas State
Sept. 26: vs. FIU
Oct. 3: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Oct. 10: at UTSA
Oct. 17: at Mississippi State
Oct. 24: vs. Middle Tennessee
Oct. 30: ​at Rice
Nov. 7: vs. North Texas
Nov. 21: at UTEP
Nov. 28: vs. Southern Miss

Western Kentucky:

Sept. 3: at Vanderbilt (W, 14–12)
Sept. 10: vs. Louisiana Tech
Sept. 19: at Indiana
Sept. 26: vs. Miami
Oct. 3: at Rice
Oct. 10: vs. Middle Tennessee
Oct. 15: at North Texas
Oct. 24: at LSU
Oct. 31: at Old Dominion
Nov. 7: vs. Florida Atlantic
Nov. 21: at FIU
Nov. 27: vs. Marshall

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