BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky's senior class doesn't want their careers to end just yet.

The Hilltopper seniors, most of whom were on the roster during a winless 2009 season, will play their final regular season game at home against North Texas on Saturday.

The outcome could determine if they will play another game together.

Three straight losses have jeopardized bowl hopes for WKU (6-5, 3-4 Sun Belt Conference). The Hilltoppers will likely need to beat the Mean Green (4-7, 3-4) and hope several other teams are eliminated from bowl consideration.

WKU hopes for a strong performance from national all-purpose yardage leader Antonio Andrews (241.7 per game), Its defense aims to pressure Mean Green quarterback Derek Thompson, who has thrown a league-high 12 interceptions.

"It's been a long five years, and it's coming to an end this week," senior defensive tackle Kenny Martin said. "We just want to make sure we finish the season off right, sending us seniors off with a victory."

Of WKU's 20 seniors, several seniors have played big roles this season.

Quarterback Kawaun Jakes, a four-year starter, has thrown a school-record with 20 touchdown passes. Tight end Jack Doyle has caught 44 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns.

And defensive end Quanterus Smith — who earlier this week was ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL — is tied for the nation's lead with 12.5 sacks.

If the Hilltoppers want to see the postseason, this group will have to handle their business at home.

"It's their last home game in that stadium on that field," coach Willie Taggart said. "They came here, they probably lost their first game. When they leave they can win their last game. We've got to see to it that these guys are able to do that."

And WKU will have to do it against an offense much like its own.

North Texas runs a pro-style set that gets the ball in the hands of running backs like Brandin Byrd — who has carried 188 times for 758 yards and three touchdowns — and Antoine Jimmerson, who has added 544 yards and five TDs on 108 attempts.

"It was interesting to see watching film on them just how a lot of things they're doing offensively is what we're doing, too," Taggart said. "Both teams should be well-prepared for what they're going to do. Now it's who is going to do it the best."

A win improves WKU to 7-5 — the same record it had last season when it was left out of the postseason.

But Taggart said there was "no doubt" in his mind that his team would be bowling this year.

"We're planning on going out and taking care of business on Saturday and see where it takes us," Taggart said. "I said earlier in the year that 7-5 wasn't good enough — 7-5 is going to have to be good enough this year."