WKU Football To Face Vanderbilt Beginning in 2015

Aug 14, 2013

Credit WKU Athletics

For the first time in school history, a football team from the SEC will visit Bowling Green to take on the Hilltoppers. WKU announced a three-game series with Vanderbilt University on Wednesday. 

The first game will take place in 2015 in Nashville, with the Commodores coming to the WKU Campus in 2016.  

“It’s a great compliment that Vanderbilt wanted to schedule that game with us – two games at their place and one at ours as a part of that three-game series. We're certainly looking forward to that starting in a few years,” said Michael Schroeder, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at WKU.

It’s the second big announcement in as many weeks for the Hilltoppers football program, which announced last week it would play another game against the University of Illinois in Champaign in 2017, in addition to the game set for 2014.  Schroeder says the schedule-making process is a year-round process.

“Athletic directors will start to look at their future schedule three or four years in advance, and it’s a matter of picking up the phone and calling schools to see if they have any openings. You just kind of cast the net wide, narrow it down and then have further discussions with certain schools and get a feel on if something is going to get done.”

The two schools have met five times on the football field, but the most recent matchup was in 1938.

The Hilltoppers’ 2013 season begins August 31 in Nashville against the University of Kentucky.