BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Mike Sanford Era officially begins under the lights as the
Hilltoppers are set to host in-state foe Eastern Kentucky at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 2, to open the 2017 season.
Sanford’s debut was one of six WKU home kickoff times announced Wednesday.
The renewal of the “Battle of the Bluegrass” matchup with Eastern Kentucky will mark
the 86th time the two programs have met on the gridiron, dating back to 1914. The
Hilltoppers and Colonels last met in 2008, and WKU leads the all-time series
After a road trip to Illinois (Sept. 9), WKU will host back-to-back night games as
the Conference USA opener versus Louisiana Tech (Sept. 16), a rematch of last year’s
C-USA Championship Game, and a non-conference game against Ball State are both
slated for 6 p.m. kickoffs.
Since joining the league in 2014, the Hilltoppers and Louisiana Tech have played
four times and have split the series down the middle with losses in Ruston in 2014
and 2016. WKU has won both home matchups, including last season’s C-USA Championship
Game. No other league opponent has played the Hilltoppers as close as the Bulldogs,
with the average margin of victory favoring the Tops by only 4.6 points over the
last three games.
WKU will host Charlotte on Oct. 14 for the annual homecoming game, set for a 3:30
p.m. kick, as the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Two weeks later,
conference opponent Florida Atlantic (Oct. 28) comes to town, with the Owls and
Hilltoppers squaring off at 3:30 p.m.
The regular season home slate wraps up with Friday night lights, as the previously
announced Middle Tennessee game has moved for a national television audience. The
game will kick off at 7 p.m.
Additional information regarding television broadcasts will be announced at a later
2017 HOME KICKOFF TIMES
* Eastern Kentucky – Saturday, Sept. 2 – 6 p.m.
* Louisiana Tech – Saturday, Sept. 16 – 6 p.m.
* Ball State – Saturday, Sept. 23 – 6 p.m.
* Charlotte – Oct. 14 – 3:30 p.m.
* Florida Atlantic – Oct. 28 – 3:30 p.m.
* Middle Tennessee – Nov. 17 – 7 p.m.
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