The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have been motivated since being snubbed at the end of last season.
As one of 72 teams eligible for a bowl, Western Kentucky was the one team with a winning record at 7-1 not to receive a bid. Instead, they stayed home and poured their energy into offseason workouts.
Coach Willie Taggart says they didn't win the Sun Belt Conference or get to the bowl game they wanted. He says that's motivation by itself.