WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS
AUGUST 31, 2013 – 7:00 PM
LP FIELD – NASHVILLE, TN
TV – ESPN NEWS (Check your listings)
KENTUCKY LEADS SERIES 3-1
9/15/2012: WKU 32, KENTUCKY 31 OT
9/1/2011: KENTUCKY 14 WKU 3
9/11/2010: KENTUCKY 63 WKU 28
If you were looking for a series that would define the Joker Phillips era in a nutshell, it is the Western Kentucky series. Look at the scores for the last three years and you see the reason why Joker Phillips is no longer the coach at Kentucky. In 2010, WKU was a 2-10 team and in 2012, the roles had reversed. UK was the 2-10 team and WKU has put together back to back 7 win seasons.
While this game has been called a must win game for Mark Stoops, I do not agree. Western Kentucky is the team coming off of back to back seven win seasons and a bowl bid. Western Kentucky is rated higher than Kentucky in most pre-season magazines. And Bobby Petrino is the guy replacing the guy that built the WKU program, not a 2-10 program. Like I said this morning, WKU may have more to lose in this game than UK.
That’s a point we can argue, but for now, let’s meet the Hilltoppers.