Bowling Green, Ky. — With the 90th season of Western Kentucky University football just over two weeks away, the WKU Department of Athletics announced kickoff times and television appearances for the 2008 season on Friday.
Exactly half of the Hilltoppers’ games during its first season as a Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) team will be available on television, beginning with an 11 a.m. (CDT) season opener at Indiana on the Big Ten Network.
The Crimson Tide Sports Network will also produce WKU‘s game at Alabama at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13, with WKYU-PBS in Bowling Green airing that game on tape delay at 9 p.m. That will be the first of three 9 p.m. broadcasts for WKYU during the season. WKYU will also show a delayed broadcast of WKU’s homecoming game against North Texas on Nov. 1 — a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN Regional Television — and a Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) production of the Hilltoppers’ home finale against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 15. Kickoff time for WKU and the Blue Raiders is set for noon. WKYU will have a live telecast of the Toppers’ 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Troy on Nov. 8 — a game that is being produced by the Troy/ISP Network.
WBKO-ABC in Bowling Green will televise WKU’s 6 p.m. game at Kentucky live on Sept. 27.
In addition to its six televised games, five more games are scheduled to be played under the lights in 2008. The Hilltoppers will kick off at 5 p.m. at Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 6 in the “Battle of the Bluegrass”, and play their first three home games at the newly renovated Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium at 6 p.m. (Murray State — Sept. 20; Ball State — Oct. 8; and Florida Atlantic — Oct. 18). WKU will close out the 2008 season with a 6 p.m. game at Florida International on Dec. 6. The only game time not yet announced is the Hilltoppers’ Oct. 4 contest at Virginia Tech.
WKU is now in its second year of transition, and one of only 120 members to compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Hilltoppers will be eligible to play in a bowl game and compete for the Sun Belt Conference championship in 2009.