Officials at Western Kentucky University have announced that for the first time in program history, the Toppers will host an SEC team at Houchens-L.T. Smith Stadium as part of a three-game series with Vanderbilt. In the announcement made Wednesday, WKU officials say the series is broken up into two parts for the Hilltoppers and Commodores.
Set to take place over the 2015-17 seasons, the teams will trade home games in Nashville on Sept. 12, 2015 and in Bowling Green on Sept. 4, 2016, before the Hilltoppers will play one guarantee game in Nashville on Nov. 4, 2017. Situated just 67 miles apart, the universities have a sparse history between each, with only five all-time meetings on the gridiron, including three varsity matchups between 1931 and 1938. Most recently, the Tops fell to Vanderbilt 12-0 in Nashville on Oct. 1, 1938. In all, WKU has 18 total games against SEC foes and is set to add two more to that total in 2013.
Last week, the program announced the addition of Illinois to its 2017 road schedule. The Tops will also travel to Champaign in 2014 for their first ever meeting with the Illini.