The WKU football team hopes to defend its home turf—and Sun Belt conference title chances—when it hosts Middle Tennessee Thursday night at L.T. Smith stadium. A win against the Blue Raiders would boost the Hilltoppers’ chances of winning the conference, which would result in an automatic bowl bid.
Even if WKU finishes second or third in the conference, a higher win total would give them better odds at landing an at-large bowl bid.
MTSU is no pushover, however. The Blue Raiders are also fighting to stay in the Sun Belt title hunt, and are 5-3 on the season, including a 21 point win at Georgia Tech. While the Hilltoppers won last year’s game against MTSU, WKU fans won’t like this stat: the Toppers haven’t beaten MTSU in consecutive games since 1979 and 1980.
Fans attending tonight’s game will face very cold conditions when things get underway at 8:15pm. The game is being televised on ESPNU, and you can find updates and results of tonight’s game here at our website, and at our Facebook page.
In the meantime, check out this great preview from Chad Bishop of the Bowling Green Daily News. Bishop says things have changed a lot since last year's game, when WKU entered the contest with an 0-4 conference record.