KNOW YOUR OPPONENT: University of Louisville Cardinals | WKU Connection

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Saturday afternoon in Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee Western Kentucky will take on the University of Louisville in a battle of instate schools.

What To Know

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Louisville is the largest city in the state of Kentucky with a metro area population of 1.2 million. The University of Louisville and Western Kentucky are only separated by 114 miles.

Last season Louisville beat the Hilltoppers 20-17. The Hilltoppers and Cardinals are led by head coaches in their first season at their respective schools. Tyson Helton for WKU, and Scott Satterfield for Louisville.

Famous Alumni

Mitch McConnell

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The U.S. Senate Majority Leader has served in the senate since 1984. McConnell is the longest termed U.S. Senator in history. As well as, the longest serving Republican U.S. senator in history.

Johnny Unitas

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Unitas, most known for his role in the NFL’s “Greatest game ever played” in 1958, defeating the New York Giants 23-17 in a sudden death overtime period. He also holds the record for the longest streak of games with a touchdown pass from 1956-1960. This streak was held until 2012 when Drew Brees broke his 52 year old record.

Frank Neuhauser

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Neuhauser a lawyer and graduated from the university of Louisville in 1934. Frank is the winner of the first national spelling bee in 1925 at 11 years old.

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Big Red Wave Coming To Nashville | WKU Connection

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We all know that WKU will be playing Louisville in Nashville Saturday at Nissan Stadium. Riding the high off a win Saturday night, 20,000 WKU fans are expected to pile in Saturday afternoon to watch the Hilltoppers beat the cards.

We want to know what will you be doing before the game and after. Going to broadway? Tailgating in the parking lot? Let us know!

The weather for Saturday’s game show hot and humid, but no chance of rain in the forecast.

Saturday night is expected to be crazy on broadway, with the Titans playing their home opener vs. Indianapolis on Sunday.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s game here

See you in Nashville!

Updated FPI Predictions for WKU | WKU Connection

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After the second week of college football ESPN FPI has changed their numbers on who they believe will win each game. WKU is now favored in 5 of the remaining 10 games (UAB, ODU, Charlotte, FAU and MTSU). This jump is from the win last week so if WKU can win again this week you might see another game or 2 show WKU as a favorite. This is the only metric that we have to see where the computer believe the winner will be.

  • Week 3 vs Louisville is 22.5%
  • Week 4 vs UAB is 72.1%
  • Week 5 at ODU is 75.5%
  • Week 6 vs Army is 36.8%
  • Week 7 vs Charlotte is 73.0%
  • Week 8 at Marshall is 20.3%
  • Week 9 vs FAU is 55.4%
  • Week 10 at Arkansas is 26.1%
  • Week 11 Southern Miss is 30.1%
  • Week 12 vs MTSU is 51.9%

If this was the way it was to play out how would you view the season?

Week 3 USA Today Rankings | WKU Connection

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After week 2 USA Today ranks all 130 college football teams each week throughout the year. In week 1 they have WKU at 114, week 2 they had WKU ranked 130 . Now after week 2 is in the books WKU is now ranked 116 which is a 14 spot jump. If WKU can get a win this week they will expect to see a an even bigger jump, probably to around 90-95 range. Since Louisville is ranked 101. With week 2 win WKU ranks 12th in Conference USA ahead of FIU and Charlotte.

The full rankings are at the bottom of the page.

Louisville – 101st

UAB – 72nd

Old Dominion – 100th

Army – 23rd

FAU – 90th

Marshall – 70th

Charolette – 119th

Arkansas – 109th

Southern Miss 83rd

Middle Tennessee – 95th

Louisville Opens As A 10 Point Favorite vs. Western Kentucky | WKU Connection

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WKU Football will meet Louisville in Nashville next Saturday September 14th.

The Cardinals open as a 10 point favorite vs Western Kentucky for Saturdays matchup. (via: Vegas Insider).

Both teams come in to Nashville off a win, Louisville beat instate Eastern Kentucky 42-0 on Saturday. And Western Kentucky defeated FIU 20-14 in Miami.

See you in Nashville!

USA Today ranks all 130 College football teams going into 2019

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USA Today ranks all 130 college football teams each week throughout the year. In week 0 they have WKU at 114. That ranks 11th in Conference USA ahead of UTEP, Charlotte, and Rice. Taking a look at the WKU schedule here is where the teams that will line up against WKU ranks. Linked below is the full rankings 1-130.

Central Arkansas – NA

FIU – 62nd

Louisville 104

UAB – 51st

Old Dominion – 94th

Army – 18th

FAU – 58th

Marshall – 83rd

Charolette – 119th

Arkansas – 96th

Southern Miss 76th

Middle Tennessee – 92nd

1 Month Till Tops vs. Cards In Nashville | WKU Connection

One month from today WKU Football will take on Louisville at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Both teams going into 2019 have something to prove. Both programs went under coaching changes in the off season. Former WKU Head Coach Mike Sanford was replaced by University of Tennessee OC Tyson Helton. Louisville replaces Bobby Petrino (Former WKU legend) after a 2-10 season with former Appalachian State HC Scott Satterfield.

Louisville is predicted to be at the very bottom of the ACC this season with Vegas having their 2019 win total set at (3.5). Western Kentucky’s line is set at (5).

Will you be in Nashville on September 14th? See you in Nashville!