Western Kentucky Moves Up In Rankings | WKU Connection

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After a week 1 loss to Central Arkansas Western Kentucky would be ranked dead last in the USA Today rankings the following week.

Now, the Hilltoppers are playing their best football since 2016 and are rolling hot into bowl season riding a 8-4 season in Head Coach Tyson Helton’s first season. Western Kentucky comes in this week at #52 in the country, jumping 2 spots from 54 the week prior. You can view the full rankings here.

Just 2 Conference USA schools are ranked ahead of Western Kentucky in FAU, (see ya Lane Kiffin) and UAB whom Western Kentucky defeated earlier in the season 20-13.

Who would’ve thought Western Kentucky would go from losing to a FCS opponent and being ranked dead last to being ranked in the top half of all college football programs in the same season? I surely didn’t see 8-4 record after a week 1. Lets go bowling.

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WKU Bowl Projections| WKU Connection

After back to back wins over Southern Miss and Arkansas both on the road, WKU now has 7 wins looking for number 8 against Middle Tennessee. After not making a bowl game last year it is nice to see this team make one in Coach Helton first season.

Here is a list of projected bowls and teams might see in them.

ESPN – Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl vs Miami (Ohio) or R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs Appalachian State

Stadium – New Mexico Bowl vs Nevada

247 Sports – Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl vs Western Michigan

Bleacher Report – Bahamas Bowl vs Miami-Ohio 

CBS Sports – Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl vs Western Michigan

USA Today – New Mexico Bowl vs San Diego State

USA Today Rankings Football | WKU Connection

After the win at Southern Miss, WKU saw a jump in the rankings to number 54. This is a rise of 13 spots. This week upcoming WKU plays Middle Tennessee at home, if WKU gets another win they will only continues to rise.

In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th, and in week 9 WKU was ranked 69th, in week 10 WKU was ranked 79th, in week 11 WKU was ranked 71st, in week 12 WKU was ranked 67th.Right now WKU is 5th in Conference USA ahead of Southern Miss, North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

Full rankings listed below:

Middle Tennessee – 112th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/11/25/ncaa-re-rank-ohio-state-no-1-oregon-tumbles/4290895002/

USA Today rankings | WKU Connection

After the bye week for WKU saw a slight rise to 67th. This is up 4 from last week. Next week we should see WKU move in the rankings since they are playing at Southern Miss.

In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th, and in week 9 WKU was ranked 69th, in week 10 WKU was ranked 79th, in week 11 WKU was ranked 71st. WKU ranks 6th in Conference USA ahead of North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

Full rankings listed below:

Southern Miss – 45th

Middle Tennessee – 114th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/11/18/college-football-ncaa-re-rank-ohio-state-passes-lsu/4222490002/

Week 11 USA Today rankings | WKU Connection

After this weekend win at Arkansas, WKU has risen to number 71st. This is a rise of 8 spots from last week . With this week being a bye week we won’t see much of a movement for WKU.

In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th, and in week 9 WKU was ranked 69th, in week 10 WKU was ranked 79th. WKU is on a bye this week. WKU ranks 6th in Conference USA ahead of North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

Full rankings listed below.

Southern Mississippi- 49th

Middle Tennessee- 109th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/11/11/college-football-ncaa-re-rank-lsu-passes-ohio-state/2558903001/

USA Today rankings | WKU Connection

Well after back to back losses in conference play WKU has dropped in the rankings again to 79th. This is a fall from 69th last week. Hopefully this week WKU can get back in the winning column and rise back up in the rankings.

In week 1 USA Today had WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130, week 3 they had WKU 116, in week 4 WKU was ranked 117, in week 5 WKU was ranked 117, and in week 6 WKU was ranked 103, in week 7 WKU was ranked 74th, in week 8 WKU was ranked 67th, and in week 9 WKU was ranked 69th. WKU is on the road at Arkansas. WKU ranks 6th in Conference USA ahead of North Texas, FIU, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, UTSA, ODU, Rice, and UTEP.

Full rankings listed below

Arkansas – 114th

Southern Miss – 65th

Middle Tennessee – 108th

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2019/11/04/college-football-ncaa-re-rank-ohio-state-leads-unbeatens/4148569002/