Sports
8:44 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Hilltoppers Hope Homecoming Matchup Will Lead to Bowl Eligibility

WKU’s weekend football matchup with Louisiana-Monroe is important on several levels. For starters, it’s WKU’s homecoming game. It’s also an historic event. Saturday’s game will be the first time two Sun Belt teams receiving votes in a Top 25 poll will face off.

The 5-1 Hilltoppers received six votes in the latest USA Today coaches poll, and Louisiana-Monroe picked up two votes. The Warhawks opened their season by winning at then-No. 8 Arkansas, followed by close losses against Auburn and Baylor.

WKU goes into their homecoming game riding a four-game winning streak, with their only loss of the season against No. 1 ranked Alabama.

The Hilltoppers have the advantage of extra time off. WKU last played Thursday, October 11th, when they won at Troy.

Both WKU and Louisiana-Monroe enter Saturday’s game with 2-0 Sun Belt conference records. A win this weekend will make the Hilltoppers bowl eligible for the second straight season. Last year’s WKU team had a 7-5 record, but wasn’t invited to a bowl game.