Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University football team will play its first-ever game against Kentucky during the 2008 season, Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig announced Tuesday.
The Hilltoppers will visit the Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 27, with the time to be determined.
“This should be an attractive game for our fans and our institution,” stated Selig. “If WKU had not made the decision to transition to the NCAA Division I-A level, this opportunity would have never presented itself. We were happy to be able to accommodate a fellow instate I-A program when they had a late opening come up on their schedule.
“The historical significance of this match-up will not be lost on anyone throughout the Commonwealth and across the nation in the fall.”
It will be the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Toppers will take on a Southeastern Conference opponent after visiting Auburn in both 2003 and ’05, opening the 2006 campaign at Georgia and travelling to defending national champion Florida to begin last year.
“We are excited about this opportunity. As we continue to grow our program, these are the types of games we are going to continue to be able to schedule in the future,” Elson said. “We’re looking forward to the chance to play against another quality program from one of the best conferences in the country.”
The Wildcats finished 8-5 a year ago after defeating Florida State in the Music City Bowl. That included a 43-37 triple-overtime victory over eventual national champion Louisiana State in October.
The rest of WKU’s 2008 schedule will be formally announced in the near future.