WKU Finalizes 2014 Non-Conference Football Slate, Adds Road Contest at Illinois

By: Kyle Allen, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Kyle Allen, WKU Athletic Media Relations

“We are excited about the opportunity to travel to Champaign for our program’s first-ever game against the University of Illinois. Our fans can easily drive to this game, and as we look at our future schedules our preference will be scheduling non-conference opponents within driving distance for our fans whenever possible. We are having active conversations with a number of potential non-conference opponents for 2015 and beyond and will announce those match-ups once they are finalized.”  - Todd Stewart, WKU athletic director

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The 2014 Western Kentucky University non-conference football schedule is complete, as WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced on Wednesday that WKU will travel to the University of Illinois on September 6, 2014, finalizing the 2014 non-conference schedule.

Aside from a trip to Illinois, WKU's 2014 non-conference slate will include a road contest at Navy on September 27, while hosting Bowling Green and Army on August 28 and November 15, respectively.

“We are excited about the opportunity to travel to Champaign for our program’s first-ever game against the University of Illinois,” Stewart said. “Our fans can easily drive to this game, and as we look at our future schedules our preference will be scheduling non-conference opponents within driving distance for our fans whenever possible. We are having active conversations with a number of potential non-conference opponents for 2015 and beyond and will announce those match-ups once they are finalized.”

The meeting will be the first ever between the Hilltoppers and the Illini, and will mark the fourth active member of the Big Ten that WKU has faced, taking on Wisconsin in 2001, Indiana in 2008 and both Indiana and Nebraska in 2010. WKU is also scheduled to face Indiana on the road in 2015.

WKU has now completed non-conference football schedules for both 2013 and 2014. WKU will host Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., to open this upcoming season, followed by a road contest against Tennessee the following week. WKU will then host Morgan State on September 21, Navy on September 28, and travel to Army on November 9.


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